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How Education Can Revitalise Your Work Life

26 April 2017 No Comment

One of the odd things about the way the American education system is organized is that you are expected to make decisions as a teenager which will inform the rest of your life. Most people are vastly different by the time they’re in the mid-twenties let alone deep into their forties. However, you still have to live with the choices that you made when you were younger. One momentous decision that plays a part in defining your career is the major you chose in college. It may be that you did something because you were passionate about it and you could not imagine yourself doing anything else. If you have managed to find a career that brings together your interests with a comfortable lifestyle, then you’ve accomplished something many people have not. It is quite sad but a recent survey conducted in London, England found that 47% of people wanted to change careers. The breakdown by age is more dispiriting, with a massive 68% of 18-24-year-olds wanting to switch, while 52% of 35-44-year-olds had the same intention. The reasons for this are varied as it could be something as simple as not getting along with one’s colleagues or the more serious need to make more money. Either way, finding a job that is right for you is crucial to your happiness and quality of life.

It may be that you are in a job that you do not enjoy because the decisions you made in the past were either ill-informed or just too idealistic. This perspective is one that is prevalent in higher education today. Since workers in STEM industries (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) earn as much as 26% more, some parents are encouraging their children to dedicate themselves to these subjects at university. However, their children may not be interested in those subjects. Being able to earn more money is not a great consolation if you dedicate yourself to something that you’re not passionate about. Turning up to work every day and doing something just to pay the bills is a great way to hate your job.

If you are in the position of being at the mercy of decisions you made when you were still too young to know what was good for you, you do not need to just subsist in something that is not perfect for you. Life is too short for that. Going back to university may not seem like a viable option, but it is. While it can be immensely expensive if you do it full time, there are other options. You could study remotely via the internet (at Maryville University for instance). Not only is it a cheaper option, but it is also more flexible as you can fit it around your work and family commitments.

Going back to school later in life is not as daunting as you may think though. Lots of undergraduate courses are filled with mostly young people but there lots of so-called mature students as well. In fact, in the UK, over 100,000 older students were admitted to university in 2015 alone, a year when 459,550 students were accepted over all.

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