Want To Get An Education As An Adult? What’s Stopping You?

Getting an education is possible at any age, and yet many adults put off their dreams of returning to school to get the qualifications they need. With so many flexible ways to study nowadays, there’s no reason to give up on education. Here are just some of the excuses that people come up with and why you should never let these excuses get in the way of your dreams.

‘I’m too old to go back to school’

Youth doesn’t give you any advantage when it comes to education. If anything, age can give you experience and a greater sense of motivation which allows you to commit more to your studies when you’re older. So long as you’re still compos mentis enough to take in and remember information, there’s nothing to stop you getting an education right the way up into your 90s.

‘It’s too expensive’

Tuition fees have skyrocketed, but there are still loan options out there for mature students. Alternatively, you could consider looking into company-sponsored courses which are entirely free with the condition that you must work for a certain company afterwards. There are also countries abroad where higher education is free – if you’re prepared to travel, it could help save you money.

‘I have too many commitments’

You can still study whilst looking after children, running a household and working a full-time job. This is thanks to online courses that allow you to study in your own time from home. This means that you don’t have to travel to lectures or seminars, whilst most essays and exams can be completed online too. You’ll still have deadlines to meet, but you work studying into your own schedule despite whatever other responsibilities you may have.

‘Three years is too long’

For those eager to get into their dream career, you needn’t have to sit through three years of studying first. There are now accelerated courses such as this 1 year online MBA program, that can allow you to condense your studies into a year. This can be quite intensive, but for those dedicated to getting an education it easily achievable.

‘Getting a degree doesn’t guarantee you a job’

This is true – just because you get a degree doesn’t mean you’ll automatically be able to get that dream job afterwards. However, it will broaden your options when it comes to jobhunting, allowing you access to careers you might not otherwise have been able to get into. Besides, there are company-sponsored courses that do guarantee you a job at the end (although these are quite competitive to get into).

‘I’m not smart enough’

Succeeding at education isn’t all about having a naturally high IQ. With enough determination, anyone can get an education – it’s all about how you use your mind. Being older, you’ll probably be wiser than when you were younger and you’ll be surprised by how much more easily you pick things up. Besides, most people aren’t able to get an education when they’re young not because they’re not intelligent enough, but because they’re not focused or motivated enough by education – by pursuing an education voluntarily, you’re certain to be more motivated.


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26 thoughts on “Want To Get An Education As An Adult? What’s Stopping You?

  1. My wife worked hard and got her Master’s Degree in Education through University of Phoenix online a few years ago. It was awesome to see her accomplish that in a year and a half! She has been a teacher at our kid’s school for several years now and all that hard work really paid off! You are right, we are never too old to learn and make positive moves in life! God bless you!

  2. There are also ways to self-educate, as Ray Bradbury did out of a public library (George Bernard Shaw did so out of a museum). Both became famous writers/critics. The only obstacle to education is oneself… Nowadays, with internet, there are online university classes; also, e-books from the likes of Project Gutenberg. All of the above are either free of charge or minimal pay.

  3. I don’t do a full-blown educational training (already have this – different system here).
    But I do make sure to attend at least on class a year to keep my brain active and to broaden my horizon. At the moment I’m attending a pottery class. I also enjoyed the First Aid and Gimp classes.
    Every little town here has adult education centers offering a lot of reasonably priced classes.

    So, even if you really don’t want to go for an education, there are still options for advanced training. You are rigth, Ula. No excuses 🙂

  4. I totally agree, Ula, it is never too late to learn. Even when one is not working anymore, it is important to keep the brain working. If nothing else, learn a new language, or about the history of your own country … 😉

  5. Nothing stopped me. At 35 I enroled in an educational facility. The first year I completed a Science Technician Course. Then over the next 3 years I completed a Certificate in Comprehensive Nursing which enabled me to work as a Registered Nurse in General, Psychiatry, and Pyschopeadic Nursing.

  6. I agree that it is never too late. I, speaking from your younger audience, am taking part in my education at this minute. I want to make the most of being in school, and I am trying my best to, because I don’t want it to be wasted when it’s ‘free’. It is compulsory to go to school from 5-14 in England. I am so glad that I am going to school! Even though my school is not very good I do lots at home to make up for it.
    And online courses help. I know someone who took in higher education courses like art and philosophy when they wanted to be a doctor. So they went back into an education and did biology, chemistry and are now earning really well.
    So you don’t really have to stress about choosing your job as soon as you enter high school. Education is always out there.
    I would like to make school compulsory for all countries, all genders.
    Thank you for the very informative post!

    Erin xo | http://kittyjadeblog.com

  7. When I figure out who and what I want to be when I grow up, I will decide what avenue to pursue as a learning path. I would think I would have had an answer by now.
    It is great that you promote the endeavor. Great post.

  8. Great advice! I love to learn. I just recently trained to be a Life and Executive Coach and teach the psychological and spiritual Enneagram tool. I have changed the focus of my career in my mid 50’s.

  9. Thank you for this post! I enjoy working with students who are returning to finish their degree or start another, and I know that the thoughts you listed are always on their minds. Adult learners tend to be the most successful students as they have experience in the workforce that complements their studies. Great work.

  10. One of the best things about the internet is knowledge is available to everyone pretty much for free. People just have to do a little research to find what they want to learn.

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