At some point in our lives we realise that the only way to move ahead is by studying further. Knowledge is continuous and we can never consider it to be limited to school and college, it is something that is experienced on a daily basis.
There are however many things we consider before pursuing education after a long gap of work.
1. What do I want to be?
Perhaps what you are doing right now is not what you really want to be, but it is a stepping stone to your real ambition. However there is no clear cut way to get what we want and you never know what courses are going to get you where you want to go.
But if there is one thing most our college diplomas and degrees taught us, it’s what doors the course can open for us than what the course actually entails.
2. Will I get a job after doing this?
The reason you are considering further studies is to find better opportunities, but what if it doesn’t bear fruit and you end up an unemployed graduate. Starting from square one despite having higher qualifications, is probably any graduate student’s worst nightmare.
3. How on earth am I going to get used to studying again?
You haven’t touched textbooks in quite a while and tasks at work haven’t driven you up the wall like assignments and group projects do. It seems scary to be holed up in the library once again and fight for lecturer notes to get you through the semester. Do people just adapt to it again or does it take a while to get used to it?
4. Will I be able to write a thesis in less than two years?
You’re more than happy to write reports and prepare power-points as opposed to this. A 50-100 page study which you have to start preparing for, the moment you start the course, good luck!
5. Which college suits me?
The kind of campus life, how the lecturers are, and what kind of reputation the institution has in the job market, really matter. If there is one thing I learnt: it’s how influential the college or university is in the industry you plan to work in. Networking events and how helpful the career centre are, make a huge difference as well.
6. Should I get a student loan?
Do any of the colleges offer scholarships or any sort of funding? That’s when you realise the burden of adulthood has gone to a whole new level. Looking up student loan offers and wondering whether the savings your parents made for you is enough to cover it, are the sleepless nights you are not looking forward to.
7. Do I need references?
Many colleges require written references from people who can comment on your academic ability. This requires you to ask college lecturers and school teachers who you haven’t bothered to keep in touch with. Perhaps in retribution, they take their own sweet time, or just simply don’t seem to recognise or remember you.
Oh the stress and the torture, just when you thought you’ll never see them again after tormenting them in college.