Why it is never too late to study again
Hitting the books again at a mature age can seem like an impossible task, whether you're looking to upskill at your current job or change careers entirely.
When you think about having to study at 35 or a career change at 45, you probably think it's a mammoth task that requires too much patience. Many people cringe at the thought of going back to school, especially as a full-time student, however learning when you're older has many benefits, and you may find it easier than you thought.
Think about it: you're 30 years old or more, and you've probably been working since you were 16 or so. Not only do you have over a decade of work experience under your belt, but you have a good amount of life experience to draw upon too. Imagine the competitive advantage you will have over the younglings applying for the same jobs as you!
Here are some reasons why it's never too late to go back to school that you may not have thought of:
1. Your partying days are over
Studying with a hangover is never fun, but as a mature age student, you're most likely over going out on Wednesday night to exploit 2 for 1 drinks with the 18 - 20 somethings. This means you can wake up bright and early and get in extra hours on that assignment while your younger classmates are sucking down Powerade and hugging the toilet bowl.
2. You can study entirely online
If turning up to lectures on campus with the hungover riffraff sounds like something you cannot endure, it's comforting to know that things have changed since you studied last. These days you can do an entire degree online without having to leave the comfort of your own home. Phew!
3. You can study while you work
Most courses have the option of choosing your workload based on how much time you can dedicate to your studies. If you already have a career or children, then you have acclimatised to juggling multiple things at once making for an easier time juggling those strict deadlines. This means you will find studying part-time while working a lot easier than you would have straight out of school.
4. You are less likely to suffer from FOMO
Remember when fear of missing out (FOMO) was a big part of your life as an adolescent? You'd get an invitation to some cool party and instantly your plan to smash out that assignment is gone. This is something you're usually over by your 30's as you often better understand the need for sacrifice to get ahead.
5. You're more financially stable
You're already an established adult therefore gone are the days of being a poor student living off packets of Mee Goreng and $5 Domino's pizzas. Imagine how much extra brain power you have now with a healthy diet and exercise regime compared to your previous university days on struggle street!
These are just some of the benefits of studying as a mature age student; there are many more! Starting a new career at 40 or 50 may sound daunting but many people all over the world are doing it and loving it! Here are some first-hand accounts of students currently studying that will make you change your mind and take the plunge. Don't wait any longer and regret it later!
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