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5 Do's and Don'ts When Going Back to College

Oct 3, 2017 | Harrison College

5 Do's and Don'ts When Going Back to College

Are you an adult learner who is thinking of going back to college?

If so, you're not alone.

In fact, non-traditional learners are on the rise in the classroom. Today, adult students make up about 40 percent of the student body.

If you're considering going back to school, check out our list of the most important do's and don'ts before you apply.

1. Do Understand the Commitment

Now that you're a bit older, you likely have a better understanding of the kind of commitment that going back to college requires.

You'll need to make sure you have enough time to complete the coursework, get to class, take care of your family, go to your day job, and of course, hit the books.

It's not something to take lightly.

Luckily, many colleges offer online courses and special class schedules to cater to adult learners.

2. Don't Let Your Financial Situation Stand in Your Way

Even if you took some time off of college to work, your finances may still not be in the best shape. Don't let this prevent you from going back to school.

Instead, do some thorough research to find affordable college options that don't sacrifice on the quality of education offered.

Always ask about loans, work-study programs, and financial aid packages. Look for scholarships in your area and apply for as many of them as you can.

3. Do Think About the Job Market

When you're ready to go back to college, you'll also need to take the current job market into account.

Think about what you want to do, then look at the qualifications needed for that career path. Especially if you're making a big career switch, you may need special certifications and a certain number of hours in the field in order to become a competitive candidate.

It's always a good idea to hold off on going back to school until you're sure about what you want to do. It's an investment in your future -- so make sure you make the right one.

Also, always look for colleges that have a specific career services department to help connect recent graduates with job opportunities.

4. Don't Think You Have To Move

You're a non-traditional college student -- which means that you don't have to sacrifice your whole life to go back to school.

When you're searching for the perfect college for you, look for ones that have campuses in several different states.

Plus, having a physical campus in your area means that you'll be able to network in person with fellow students and professors alike. As a result, you'll also get more of a typical college experience.

5. Don't Think It's Too Late to Go Back to College

We've heard it all before:

"It's too late for me to start over."

"I'm too old to look into a new career."

This simply isn't true. In fact, sometimes taking some time off of college helps you to understand what it is you really want to do with your life. It helps you understand your passions, while also giving you a healthy dose of the reality of the working world.

If you're a non-traditional learner who is ready to work hard to advance your career and take control over your life, it's never too late.

Spend some time on our website to learn more about adult education and returning to college and request more information if you think you're ready to take the next step.

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