Middle management fatigue, lack of motivation after a career break – or just generally feeling stuck in a rut.
If funds allow it, the option of returning to study could be just the thing to give your career a new lease of life. Here’s why becoming a mature student might be just the ticket.
Challenging Yourself To Learn Something New
Maybe your were the class clown, maybe you couldn’t see the point of learning about the French Revolution or maybe you thought of school as nothing more than a popularity contest.
But getting to decide for yourself what you want to study, based on your interests and passions, is a powerful feeling. Perhaps you could use what you’ve already learned in your undergraduate degree to delve a bit deeper and carry out research for a thesis you feel passionate about.
If you are happy in your career path but want to strengthen your resume and industry knowledge, then a specialist Masters or MBA, while pricey, could have the potential to boost your earning potential in the long term.
Whatever it is you want to achieve, whether it’s learning for pleasure or enhancing your job prospects, there’s something really empowering about taking the time for yourself to improve your knowledge.
The range of online tuition available nowadays is top notch and could be the perfect solution if you have other pressing commitments such as childcare.
Choosing Your Place of Study
While you might hanker after a postgraduate degree from Harvard or Yale, it might be more sensible to opt for a more local institution. The chances are you have the responsibilities of a mortgage, a partner and even a small brood. If you can’t move for a university place, there is always the option of studying part time and keeping your current role to fund your learning.
Explore the types of learning centers nearby. Traditional universities tend to have the most kudos. Although it can be daunting getting used to the lecture theatre seating once again, taking notes and completing assignments, listening to world class experts in their fields can make it all worthwhile.
Take a look at the distance learning courses that are offered in an online capacity, allowing you to learn from the comfort of your own home. The range of tuition available nowadays is top notch with webinars and online tutorials taking the place of traditional lectures and seminars. This could be the perfect solution if you have other pressing commitments such as childcare.
Yes, you will come across the hipster millennial in the students union bar, but you will also see like-minded, more mature individuals on campus or online.
The first time around at Uni you were probably only interested in making friends, exploring the nightlife and becoming a social butterfly, but as a mature student your priorities will be different. You won’t be propping up the student bar, staying in halls of residence or judging a successful day by how many drinking games you can come up with.
You want to network in a more professional capacity, making links across your industry, getting to know your professors and working towards building a name for yourself within your chosen field of study, whether this is management or ancient history.
Maximising your visibility while studying will help to open professional doors by the time you graduate.
To do this, you should be turning up to lectures, leading seminars where appropriate and opting to go the extra mile and attend conferences nationwide, possibly even appearing as a guest speaker. This maximises your visibility while studying and will help to open professional doors by the time you graduate.
Heading to university as a mature student can be daunting, but it needn’t be. Yes, you will come across the hipster millennial in the students union bar, but you will also see like-minded, more mature individuals on campus or online.
Don’t feel intimidated and enjoy your new level of freedom, studying your chosen subject and networking across your field of study. With any luck, you will graduate with a fantastic new qualification, a new thirst for learning and greater career prospects.