If you know a recent high school graduate, she probably can’t stop talking about her plans for college in the fall: what she wants to study, which groups or clubs she wants to join, and the excitement of stepping out on her own for the first time.
But even if it has been years since you moved your tassel to the left, it’s not too late to further your own education. In fact, there are plenty of reasons why you should. Here are a few.
- Increased earning power: Found a great job right after high school? You may not be earning as much as you could. A bachelor’s degree can help you make an average of $30,000 a year more than a high school diploma alone, according to a 2008 U.S. Census Bureau report.
- Career advancement: Angling for a promotion? Going back to school could give you the skills you need for that job, and show your employers you have the motivation and drive they’re looking for.
- Changing careers: Like many people, you may have gotten a job in your chosen field only to find it’s not for you. Instead of feeling trapped, consider going back to school. It can empower you to try the field you’ve always dreamed of or choose something entirely new.
- New life skills: If you’ve always wanted to improve your computer or writing skills, explore psychology or learn about world religions, going back to college could be your excuse. You’ll earn the degree you’ve always had your eye on and have fun, too.
While you’re thinking of returning to school, you should also keep in mind the new friends you’ll meet and the satisfaction you’ll get from improving yourself. College is not just for young adults because it’s never too late to learn.