It is worth considering going back to school as an adult if you want to further your career as employers generally want their employees to possess good qualifications, especially if they are relevant to the job in question. You may have left school before your examinations and thus never managed to get any qualifications, or find that without a university degree you are prevented from entering certain occupations. Whatever your level of education it is never too late to go back to school to learn a new skill or subject, which you can then use to further your career or start a whole new career altogether.
If you left school without any qualifications it can be extremely difficult to find work, especially since more manufacturing jobs are going to developing countries and the fact that employees in the Western world are expected to have a reached a certain educational level, thus making getting an education worthwhile. However, what you actually choose to study will depend on your interests and the career you are interested in pursuing.
If you are interested in computers, for instance, there are plenty of computer courses available that cater for all different ability levels, from complete novice to those who know virtually everything, but just don’t have any qualifications to prove it. There are short courses and long courses, and you could even consider working towards a degree, since distance learning has grown in popularity over the years, giving you a greater amount of choice in the courses available and the way you study.
Perhaps you are already in possession of qualifications, but want to get more qualifications so that you can enter the higher realms of your profession. If you are a civil servant, for instance, you may find that your access to better paid civil service jobs is limited and that you really need to possess a degree in order to further your career. Again, distance learning could be worth pursuing, especially as it enables you to combine a full-time job with studying.
Similarly, those looking to change their career path completely might find that either their local college or distance learning gives them the chance to work towards a vocational qualification or degree so that a wider range of careers becomes available to them.
Adult education is a great way of furthering your career and increasing your options since you can learn new skills, obtain much sought-after qualifications, and grow in confidence; all of which are incredibly attractive to potential employers. It is therefore well-worth considering going back to school as an adult, especially when the economy is so weak, there are fewer jobs and more people are in competition for these jobs.