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Whether you’re not happy with your current job, you want to try another field, or just want to add another skill set to your resume, going back to school can be a wonderful thing – and give you an advantage over other applicants when you’re looking for jobs. Getting an advanced degree will not only help you at your current position, but it can give you an edge when searching for another job, or something to fall back on down the line.

In addition to knowledge and expertise, you’ll also be gaining a sense of perspective. Remember when it seemed like things you learned in school had no real-world context? And do you remember learning things in your professional life that may not have clicked? Going back to school after you’ve been in the workplace can help you see things in a new light, which can lead to a greater understanding of what you do and why you do it.

But before you take that first step in your new direction, there are plenty of things to consider. After all, if you’re serious enough to make a move, it’s all part of the process.

Exciting? For sure. Overwhelming? Only if you let it be. Armed with the right information, you can make the best decision for your future. So what should you look for when you’re thinking about heading back to school?

Before you even start looking at schools and programs, you need to look at yourself. Where are you on your career path? Are you making the advances you thought you’d make? If not, why? There can be many answers to these questions, but knowing who you are and where you want to be will make finding a degree program much easier.

You should also consider when you’d like to take classes – would you study online or in a classroom? Think about your budget, too. Some employers will reimburse education expenses, so if you’re looking to be a more valuable player at your current position, it’s worth looking into.

While you’re evaluating your skills and needs, search for jobs in your field and set them as goals or reasons why you’d like to go back to school. Look at the requirements that the employers have listed, and find out whether you have a reasonable shot at these jobs without additional education, or if you need to have some additional credentials to land them.

For some people, knowing that they’ve been out of school for a period of time can be intimidating when thinking about going back, but statistics show that more and more Americans are doing just that. In fact, millions of Americans age 25 and over are currently pursuing further education – and older Americans are no exception. Over 25% of Americans ages 55 to 65 are taking work-related courses.*

No matter what you’re looking for from your continued education, if you consider all the factors and do what’s best for you and your career, it can be a huge advantage in terms of reaching your goals. Although it may not be for everyone, if there’s a gap in your skills and experience that you’d like to fill, earning an advanced or an additional degree is a great way to do so.

So – is it worth it? The answer is different for everyone, but the majority of us will absolutely benefit from earning a degree. The dedication, the experience and the knowledge you’ll gain while you learn new things – both about your degree program and yourself – will give you an advantage that no one can take away.


* ”Mary Beth Larkin, Laura Mullane, & Susan Porter Robinson. Framming New Terrain: Older Adults and Higher Education” American Council on Education. Web. 10/14/13

If you’re looking to gain experience and enhance your skill set, there’s never been a better time to think about earning a degree. In fact, millions of Americans age 25 and over are currently pursuing further education, many intoand older Americans are no exception. Over 25% of Americans ages 55 to 65 are taking work-related courses.*

HR administrators understand that an employee with higher education and a wider range of skills is more of an asset to a company. Employers are otherwise too willing to let someone go who isn't well-educated and hire others with more ability. Thus it's wise to ensure you are growing as an employee, no matter your age. Education can be just as important to prospective employers as work experience, and a degree – or lack thereof – can be a deciding factor on whether your resume ends up in the “yes” pile, or the waste paper basket.

Think of your resume as your personal brand. Now think of an HR administrator evaluating two resumes, one with a strong “brand”, i.e. one with good experience and a relevant degree from an accredited institution, and one with good experience, but either no degree or an unrelated one. Which would you choose? Sure, experience counts, but having the extra credential – whether it’s a bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree is a serious leg up on the competition.

That “leg up” on the competition translates to $1.55 million in lifetime earnings for those with a bachelor’s degree, versus those who have either some college experience or a high school diploma only.** Already have your bachelor’s? You’re on the right track. According to U.S. News & World Report, employees holding bachelor’s degrees earn around $2.27 million in their lifetime.2 Beyond that, those with advanced degrees, like master’s, doctoral, and professional degrees can earn $2.67 million, $3.25 million and $3.65 million, respectively.**

While you may or may not have forecast your lifetime earnings, the results speak for themselves. A degree can not only help you find a better job, but it can also help you earn more when you do. But a degree is more than just a piece of paper. It’s the experience you gain, the relationships you develop, and the discipline you have to learn to get things done.

As you learn new skills and get a higher education, you will be able to take on additional responsibilities at your current position – or even find a new one — and earn a higher income as a result. As you learn more, you’re able to do more, and your career path will unfold in front of you. Even if you feel you have no way forward in your current job, having a degree will allow you to find better opportunities.

So – is it worth it? The answer is different for everyone, but the majority of us will absolutely benefit from earning a degree. The dedication, the experience and the knowledge you’ll gain while you learn new things – both about your degree program and yourself – will give you an advantage that no one can take away.


* ”Mary Beth Larkin, Laura Mullane, & Susan Porter Robinson. Framming New Terrain: Older Adults and Higher Education” American Council on Education. Web. 10/14/13

** Brian Burnsed. “How Higher Education Affects Lifetime Salary”. US News & World Report. Web. 10/24/13.

It’s a tough choice – traditional campus education, or earn a degree online? Getting an education is undoubtedly a good thing, and whether you’re planning on going away to school, or taking online classes, you can find the right program to help you earn your degree. Each has its pros and cons, and depending on what you’re looking for and where you are on your career path, you can find what’s right for you.

While you’re looking at your schedule and expectations, another important factor to consider is budget. Traditional universities cost significantly more than online schools, but both offer accredited degree programs. When you boil it down, college is about the degree. That said, if the campus experience is something you’re after, and you can make it happen financially, it might be the right choice. If you’re only interested in the degree, and you’re looking to “earn while you learn”, choosing an online university might suit you better.

Want the best of both worlds? More and more traditional universities are offering online classes and degree programs, so if you’re interested in earning your degree from a specific university, you can still enroll and get your diploma from whichever “brick and mortar” school you choose.

The best part about the new higher education landscape is that you can find a degree program to suit your personality, your schedule, and even your budget. A campus education gives you social interaction with other students, opportunities for tutoring, and a network of people to connect with, who can help you achieve your goals and find jobs down the road.

The other side of the coin here is that all the amenities of a campus experience come with costs. In addition to room and board, meals and textbooks, you still have to get to class, buy any additional supplies like a laptop, notebooks, etc., and factor in the cost of your social life. For many students, this is all part of the opportunity cost of going to college, and they consider it entirely worthwhile and rewarding.

An online education gives you the same quality instruction, but doesn’t require you to live on campus, or even drive to a classroom every day. You can learn and study on your time, without distractions or obligations from classmates.

Tuition itself, however, can be similar to a traditional university, depending on the program, so be sure to run the numbers before you enroll. But while you may be paying close to what traditional students pay for classes, you’ll be cutting costs – or even making money if you’re working – by not having to live close to campus, drive to class, or buy expensive books (although there may be costs for classroom materials).

Another thing to consider regarding online degree programs, is whether or not the university you’re thinking about is accredited. Most universities that offer “cheap” degrees are too good to be true. Finding an accredited program or university may be a bit more expensive, but it’s more than worth it in the long run.

Whichever path you choose, if you do the research and find the necessary information, you can get what you need from your college experience. Both traditional universities and online universities have their benefits, but your needs should dictate where you enroll. Knowing yourself and your goals will get you pointed in the right direction. Good luck!