5 Questions to Ask Before Going Back To School

Thursday, May 24, 2012

5 Questions to Ask Before Going Back To School

You may be toying with the idea of heading back to school. Whether you want to follow a new career path or to enhance your knowledge, there are things you need to ask yourself before you make the big choice.
Why do I want to go back to school?
You need to ask yourself the real reasons you want to go back to school. Are you going because it could help your current career? If that is the case then consider speaking to your employer about your decision. They may be able to point you in the right direction as well as offer incentives. Do you want to change career path? If that is the case you want to consider exactly what education you need to make that change. Don’t just jump into going back to school if you do not have clear reasons for it. Remember, it is a huge investment.
How will it affect my current career?
Going back to school will obviously take a lot of your time and focus. You must be prepared that your current career may be put on the back burner if you do not juggle this time wisely. If you know how to share commitments between both school and your current career, it has great potential to be greatly beneficial to your career.
Can I financially afford this?
College tuition expenses depend on which school you attend, what method you choose and how long you plan to be in school. You may have several options when it comes to funding your college education but school is very expensive. Look into college grants, scholarships and work aid. If you can, avoid taking out a loan. The price tag may seem daunting but keep in mind that this is an investment for your future.
Do I have the time and commitment?
A great rule of thumb to follow is: for every hour you are in class you need three hours to study. If you are continuing to work and attend school, try taking one course to get the feel of how much time you need. Your personal life will now become your school life, so be prepared to give up some of those relaxing weekends for a weekend of your nose stuck in a book.
What methods are available?
There are all sorts of different schools and courses to take. What you should do is find the right program for yourself. Look into taking courses online, this will save your travel time on campus as well as opening your options of going to and out of state schools without difficulty. If you choose to stay local, some schools offer night courses as well as Saturday courses.
There are lots of things to consider before you make this next step in your life. All you need to do is to really do your homework and research the best options for yourself. Speak with a school guidance counsellor as well as your loved ones. It is important that everyone is there to support you and help you through this next chapter. Good luck and happy studying!

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