Motivating yourself to return to school requires a pocket calculator. With the calculator in your hand, multiply the amount of years you have remaining in the work force by 20. Put a dollar sign in front of the total. Motivating factor number one.
Next, imagine yourself sitting in front of a hiring manager. You have just lost your job of several years and are now applying for a similar position with another company. You proudly cite examples of why you are qualified for the position and you mention your many years of experience. You watch as the hiring manager is carefully reviewing you resume as is trying to decipher ancient Egyptian without the Rosetta Stone. The hiring manager looks up and asks, “Do you have a college degree?” You reply that you do not but chose to gain work experience before continuing you education. After it is acknowledged that you have been working full time for ten years the conversation goes south. You are told that someone will get back to you. You never hear from them again. Your subsequent follow up calls are sent to voicemail. Motivating factor number two.
You have been fortunate enough to have been employed at the same employer for twelve years. Right out of high school and into an entry level position. Money for the first time in your pocket, you are now on your own. Saved a few dollars and now you have enough to buy a car. You are doing well on the job and have started to rise in the company. A few years later newer employees are hired with college degrees, but you’re not worried, you have experience. The years pass, plans to continue your education are put on hold for good reasons. Kids, work demands and quality time are solid reasons to wait on getting a degree. Then a next level manager position opens in your company. You have been there twelve years and feel more than qualified. You find yourself competing for the same position with someone who has been at your company for eight years. They have a four year degree. They get the job. You now report to that person. Good thing you helped trained that person and over the years have helped that person advance. Chances are good that you will become one of your new managers key players. Motivating factor number three.
There is no debate that a four year degree is expensive. But the value of a four degree over a career lasting over forty years in terms of income, job security and career advancement more than make up for the initial costs. The sooner you start on continuing your education the sooner you will finish! Motivating factor number four.