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Thinking of Going Back to School as an Adult? Here’s What to Know

It’s been awhile since you’ve walked into a classroom, but you’ve started to think that it’s time to go back to school. You know the only thing standing between you and your dream job is a degree—but the only thing keeping you from filling out an application is the little voice in your head that’s filled with doubt.

We know that choosing to continue your education is a big step, and you’re probably wondering whether or not you can juggle classes on top of everything else life brings. There is a way. Here’s what you need to know about going back to school:

Go Back to School at a Place that Understands Your Needs

You’re an adult, not a carefree teenager with no responsibilities. So you need to find a school that will treat you like one. Here are some things to look for:

  • Flexible Scheduling and Online Classes

You have a job, a family, or just a really busy schedule. How can school fit into your daily life? With day and evening classes, and even online classes, you can learn when or where it’s most convenient for you.

  • Advising for Adult Students

You need a faculty that understands you’re not fresh from high school, and you may need more coaching on a particular subject. You also need an advising team that understands when life happens. There may be times when you need to deal with financial, educational, or personal issues, and support from a compassionate staff can make a difference.

  • Student Services

It’s a huge bonus if you can find a school that cares for you as a person, not just as a student. This includes student services that can help you find resources, for housing, transportation, and child care.

Consider Your Finances and Career Before You Go Back to School

One of the most important questions any potential student asks is “Can I afford to go to school?” Only you can answer that question, but know that financial aid can greatly assist with the cost of classes if you qualify. Make certain the school you choose is accredited—which means that it follows strict educational standards—because only accredited schools are approved to offer federal financial aid programs.

Also consider the career services that the school may provide. Does it provide resume and cover letter workshops? Does it offer mock interviews and job search services? You want a school that helps you before and after your graduation.

 

At Charter College, we believe that when you succeed, we succeed. If you’re looking for an education that is both academic and professional, flexible and rigorous, give us a call today at 888-200-9942 or fill out the form.