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Why returning to education later in life could be the smartest move of all ...

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26 Jul 2017
Returning to education In the words of Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”, and it is never too late to further your own educational prospects.

I started working part-time whilst at college, and after completing my A-Levels I went straight into full-time employment. Although at the time I was unsure of the career path I wanted to pursue, I knew I wanted to further my education at some point in the future. Fast-forward 10 years later, and I have just completed my CIPD Level 3 certificate in Human Resources Practice, and I am beginning the next level of qualification in September. 

I have thoroughly enjoyed my return to college, and it has been invaluable in helping me to achieve my career aspirations. I have also been able to put my learning into practice at work, as one of the topics I studied related to recruitment and selection. Amongst other things, this taught me about the recruitment cycle, how to conduct interviews correctly, and the importance of shortlisting the right candidates for the job, which has been fantastic as these are all things I deal with in my day-to-day role.

I am now a huge advocate of furthering education later in life, and this got me thinking; what are the key benefits of taking up further educational and professional qualifications?

  • You will have had more time to think about your career aspirations, meaning you will not make a rash, costly decision and enroll onto a course which is not the right fit for you. 

  • You will have gathered valuable life experience from working, which will assist you with assignments as you can provide more context and examples in your writing. 

  • It will help you in work (providing the course is relevant), as you can transfer the theory you have learned to your current job.  

  • You could be more financially stable, meaning that you are able to manage the costs of education better. Additionally, many employers will have schemes offering on-the-job qualifications, which can reduce or remove potential student loan debt.

  • You will have improved time-management skills. Years of working will have given you a great skillset, including prioritisation and punctuality. This will help you when it comes to sticking to assignment deadlines. 

  • It is an excellent opportunity to network, as you will make valuable contacts who may come in really useful when looking for future jobs. You can also make lifelong friends!

Of course it can be a struggle juggling work and education whilst maintaining your personal life, but it is absolutely worth it! 
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