Current Statistics About Going Back To School and What Motivates Adults

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When I was growing up it was very uncommon to see adults going back to school. In fact, I had never heard of the phrase "continuing education." But these days statistics show that many adults go back to school and get a new college degree to improve their marketability. Some people go back to school because they are simply motivated to learn new things. They do so even when they are retired.

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Let's take a look at today's statistics of why people go back to school and what motivates them to go back to college.

I had a chance to discuss the topic of going back to school with Dr. Yesenia Avalos, Dean of Advising and Career Services, at MacCormac College. Here is a brief interview with Dr. Avalos for eMaxHealth readers.

What are the current statistics of adults going back to school?

According to recent estimates from the American Council on Education, the number of post-traditional students has grown to 13.3 million, comprising 60 percent of all undergraduate students.

Why do adults go back to school, what motivates them?

a. Improving job outlook
b. Set an example for kids
c. Increase in pay at current job
d. Potentially better hours at job
e. Providing for their family

What is the difference between going back to school at 35 and after college?

Value your age and experience. You can learn and teach with all your classmates. Be committed. Yes, life gets in the way, but plan for life to get in the way. Dedicate study time on your calendar like an important appointment.

What are the best careers for going back to school at 40 and older adults?

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While there are plenty of options for degree programs, ultimately you have to decide what is best for you and your lifestyle. Every school is going to tell you there is a market for their programs. You need to explore your options and find your best fit.

I want to go back to school, but don’t know where to start, what would you recommend?

a. Do your research on the schools that offer the program you want to study in first.
b. Do they offer online, brick-and-mortar, or both?
c. Do they offer day classes, night classes, or both?
d. From there look up the school’s accreditation to make sure that you are getting a quality education.
e. From the schools that have a good accreditation and offer the program you are looking for, search for their placement and graduations rates.
f. Then from the schools that fit the rest of the criteria look up the cost that best fits your needs.

What are some of the best careers for moms going back to school?

This all depends on what the individual Mom or Dad aspires to do. Gone are the days in which men do one type of job and women do another. If you have the qualified skills and the desire then you can be a part of any career regardless of your sex.

What are some of the best careers for dads going back to school?

This all depends on what the individual Mom or Dad aspires to do. Gone are the days in which men do one type of job and women do another. If you have the qualified skills and the desire then you can be a part of any career regardless of your sex.

What are the pros and cons of adults going back to school?

Pros
i. Higher earning.
ii. Potential promotions.
iii. Career switch.
iv. More job opportunities.
v. Setting an example for your children.

Cons
i. Time spent doing college work.
ii. Cost of going to college.

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