It Could Be Time To Go Back To College

A recent article in the New York Times reported that many companies across the United States will not hire anyone unless they have a bachelor’s degree. This includes everyone from the CEO to the file clerk.

“The college degree is becoming the new high school diploma: the new minimum requirement, albeit an expensive one, for getting even the lowest-level job,” reports the Times.

For adults who do not have their bachelor's degree, this is both good news and bad. The bad news is that it is difficult for many adults to get promoted or move into a better job because of their lack of a degree, and unemployment rates remain higher for those without a bachelor's degree. 

The good news, however, is that colleges and universities across the country are starting more programs and providing better services for adult students between the ages of 25 and 54. These “new traditional” students are becoming a greater portion of the undergraduate population.

Adult students hear it all the time. The message can be subtle or direct. You won’t have enough time, money, or the skills to complete a college degree. Why do you want to go back to college at your age? When you get finished, you won’t be able to find a job. You will be competing against people half your age.

I'm here to tell you: Don’t let anyone dissuade you from your dream. I’ve seen hundreds of success stories. For the past 15 years at colleges in New Jersey and New York, I have been working and encouraging adult students to go back to school and complete their degree. 

The most satisfying day of the year for me — and everyone involved in adult education — is graduation day. It is difficult to find a more rewarding moment than when a mom or dad is called by the president of a university to come up and get their diploma.

The challenges that adult students face can be overcome. And the opportunities and rewards of going back to college are lifelong.

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commented 2013-12-26 02:38:28 -0500 · Flag
Thank you