You’re never too old to go back to school in a society which has an ageing population. People are living longer and so many more are finding that they have to stay in employment beyond retirement age to supplement their pension. Age is no barrier to learning and if it can help improve your employment status and keep your mind active, why not go back to school? It may be tempting to simply accept the notion that ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’, but this is a complete fallacy. It might take a little bit longer to pick things up, but it is still possible to learn as you get older.
When you’re younger you often don’t appreciate the value of education; you simply go to school day in, day out until you are free to leave. It is only when you enter the world of work that you realise the value of having a decent education, as seemingly less bright people get ahead faster than you are able to just because they have a university degree. This kind of situation can be frustrating, but it is in your power to change it, if you decide to take a course that will help you obtain a relevant qualification.
It is obviously more difficult to go back to school as a fully grown adult, since you have responsibilities that you wouldn’t have had as a teenager. You probably have a full-time job and need to keep working in order to pay the bills so that going back into education is a big commitment that you somehow have to fit into your schedule. It can be difficult making time for everything you need to get done and you may find yourself making some sacrifices in order to continue with your education, but it will be well worth it in the end.
If your fellow students are younger than you are, you may feel conscious of the age difference, but don’t let any potential age gap put you off because everybody has their own reasons for learning. You may want to improve your career prospects or change career altogether; you may feel that you didn’t make the most of the time you had at school and want to rectify this situation by opening your mind to new ideas; you may simply want to keep your mind active, meet new people and prevent boredom setting in.
It is therefore evident that you’re never too old to go back to school, as long as you are prepared to put the effort in, since it is always worth acquiring a new skill whether you choose to do so for your career or simply for the challenge.