It takes real dedication to return to education, especially if you also have a job to go to and a family to look after, since you have to re-arrange your schedule to be able to fit everything in. Many people are choosing to go back to school, despite how much time and money this generally involves, and so there must be some benefits of doing so. People often choose to go back to school because they left school too young, without any qualifications, and feel that they have unfinished business to attend to. School is not always a pleasant experience when you’re growing up, but it’s completely different when you return to education as an adult.
When you decide to return to education you usually have a specific goal or aim in mind, often for the purpose of obtaining qualifications so you can get a better paid job. As an adult you are much more focused on what you’re hoping to achieve and because you have something to aim for you’re more likely to put the effort in, unlike when you’re a teenager. Being a teenager is hard, anyway, but having to make decisions that can affect your whole life certainly puts pressure on you. Even if you fail to make the right choices as a teenager this doesn’t mean you have to be stuck in a dead-end job forever, though.
By deciding to return to education you can choose to study subjects that you enjoy and work towards qualifications that will help you get the career you actually want. Having had some experience of life you’re probably more aware of your strengths and weaknesses than you were as a teenager and thus more focused and determined to achieve your goals. Although your life may be hectic when you return to education your studies become a priority and you are more likely to work hard because it is a decision you have taken so that you can improve your situation.
You also have a chance to meet people who have similar experiences to you, so that even if you find the thought of retuning to education rather intimidating there will be other people there to support you. By returning to education you get to increase your knowledge and learn new skills, socialise with a range of people from different backgrounds and enhance your job prospects. Although there may be some negatives associated with going back to school, such as time and financial constraints, the benefits outweigh them by far.