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Working Professionals Can Go Back To School

by Jennifer Martin
Marketing Specialist

August 10, 2015

You earned your degree years ago, but now feel stagnant in your job. You want more out of life and your career, but maybe you’re not really sure how to get what you want. 

You aren’t alone. An increasing number of professionals just like you are choosing to go back to school and enroll in classes that can help further their career and move them to a higher level.

Employers are interested in a diverse and increasing range of skills in their employees, leading many to rise to the challenge and go back to school to further their education. Whether it’s a promotion with your current employer, a career change or simply to learn something new, there are options available to help you achieve your goals that fit nicely into your life. Did you know that you can even earn your degree online on your schedule? Things have evolved in the recent past, and today’s technology now enables working professions like you to have it all—family time, a great career, and higher degrees.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), of the 18 million undergraduate students in the U.S., 33% are over the age of 25, and 22% are over the age of 30. Are you ready? Ask yourself the following questions—you may be more ready than you think:

  1. Am I motivated and committed?
  2. Can I achieve higher career goals with additional training and maybe an additional degree?
  3. Would an online program fit into my schedule?
  4. Do I enjoy the flexibility of attending evening classes?
  5. Is it worth the investment financially?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above, it might be worth exploring your options of going back to school, even just one or two classes at a time.  With so many options available, it’s worth looking into.  There are universities that offer what you may be looking for in affordability and flexibility, including state universities like NAU.

Over the next 5 years, NCES projects a rise in enrollments of students age 25 and over, as more and more professionals recognize the importance of continuing education and higher credentials.  In the long run, earning your degree can enable you to get that promotion or new position, or make that career change you’ve been considering. 

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