5 Reasons People Avoid Going Back To School

Written by Michelle Ecker on Wednesday, 25 October 2017. Posted in Careers, Healthcare

5 Reasons People Avoid Going Back To School

For many people, embracing the decision to go back to school can be an extremely nerve-wracking one. After the “typical” college years of life have passed, after we’ve started our own families, or after we’ve already invested in an entirely different career, the thought of abandoning our current routines and tackling a new challenge can be understandably intimidating- but it doesn’t have to be like that.

Do you ever think any of the following thoughts about heading back to school or making a big change in your life? Here’s why you should stop the negative talk:

1. I’m Too Old

Do you have this idea in your head that you don’t look or feel like the typical college student you’d see on campus or in movies? You’d be silly to let that hold you back. If you’re a person who’s interested in pursuing goals to better your lifestyle through a satisfying career that you love, comparing yourself to others should never stop you. And not only that, the common conception that students are all 18-24 years old, unmarried with no other priorities isn’t even an accurate one anymore. In fact in 2015, when the National Center for Education Statistics division of the U.S. Department of Education last surveyed, they reported that the student demographic was nearly 50% made up of students over the age of 25.

2. I Can’t Afford It

There is absolutely no reason you should have to go into debt or struggle to make ends meet in order to start working towards a career you can be proud of. With the New York Institute of Career Development’s accredited online career courses, getting certified and finding a new career is not only something you can do in way less time than at a traditional college or university, but for way less money. According to the College Board’s latest survey, the average cost of tuition and required student fees for the 2016-2017 school year was $33,480 at private colleges, $9,650 for state residents at public colleges, and $24,930 for out-of-state residents attending public universities. For some prospective students, these costs are absolutely overwhelming. For students interested in starting a new career without spending tens of thousands of dollars on the education needed to get there, NYICD offers an achievable option. Our students can sign up, login and start working in their online course for only $59.

3. I Can’t Quit My Job

At NYICD, you won’t have to. Like we mentioned before, students today don’t look or act like the traditional student figures we’ve become accustomed to. Gone are the days where all higher education students are 20 years old, living independently without the responsibility of family obligations and located on a campus in a dormitory. While they used to be referred to as “non-traditional” students, the lifestyle of those headed back to school to pursue a new career is not at all what it used to be- and that’s becoming the new norm. The average higher-ed student isn’t 20 years old- they’re older than 30, they have families and children to take care of, and they work in order to be able to afford maintaining their lifestyle while pursuing career aspirations. That’s why a huge part of our mission here at NYICD has always been to ensure students have the flexibility to work at their own pace- because we completely understand that you have other obligations. By no means are any of our students required to quit their current jobs or put other responsibilities on hold in order to work through their course and graduate. Our students make their own schedules and work at whatever pace is comfortable on their terms.

4. I Don’t Have Time

Making the leap to head back to school can feel nerve wracking if you already have a packed weekly schedule - but it doesn’t have to feel that way. First of all, you don’t have to worry about adjusting your lifestyle to accommodate commuting to a campus or arriving to class on time before a lecture starts. We understand that when it comes to adding education to an already busy routine, your schedule can’t always work that way. Since all of our courses are self-paced and entirely online, your day-to-day doesn’t have to change one bit. Any work you complete for your NYICD certificate can be done from anywhere you already plan to be, as long as you have access to the internet. So whether you’d like to study on your lunch break at the office or from your couch at home on the weekends, you don’t have to worry about turning your lifestyle upside down in a way you’re afraid you’ve outgrown.

5. It’s Been Too Long Since I’ve Been a Student

Not only is this fact not something you should worry about, research suggests that in fact, it works in your favor. According to studies completed by Columbia’s Teachers College, older, more mature students are actually the most ideal candidates to succeed in any form of online educational program. In this specific case study, the adult students reported much better outcomes in their online programs than they did in physical classroom settings, leading researchers to suggest that non-traditional, adult students are much more capable of thriving in a learning environment that’s based on flexibility and interconnects with existing responsibilities.

When it comes to facing any unfamiliar new challenge in life, it’s easy to come up with a cynical list of what-ifs and I-cant’s. So make a mental list of those worries and excuses and do your research. Are these legitimate barriers holding you back from achieving the career goals you want for yourself? Or are you letting negative self-talk about easily navigated roadblocks turn into excuses that get in the way of your next big move? In most cases, you’ll find that the only thing holding you back is yourself. Making the decision to invest in your future and pursue higher education in your career is half the battle. Once you've made the decision to commit to yourself and officially get started, you can relax as the rest falls into place.

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