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Why it is Never too Late to Go Back to School

Jun 4, 2008
If you are one of many people who initially made the decision to forgo post secondary education but now regret it years after the fact; maybe you started your college education but didn't finish? If these circumstances describe the path your life has taken it is important to know that it is never too late to return to college and receive your diploma.

Receiving a college education is very important as many perspective employers seek to fill positions with highly educated and qualified individuals. Life and work experience was once sufficient enough to get your foot in the door and maybe even advance your career, however this is no longer the case. Now holding a college degree is a requirement for anyone looking to work within a specialized field.

An education never expires and will help open doors within your chosen field regardless of how long you have been out of school. Education is therefore extremely valuable for all those who possess one.

It's never too late

The truth is that it is never too late to decide to go back to school. People of all ages and within all fields decide to go back to school or to become educated in a particular field. However, individuals who go to college for the first time or return to college are doing it because they want to enter a new field of work or they want to advance within a company they already work for.

However, the ideal college education is one that prepares the individual for work right away. This is a more practical and hands on type of education. There are still people in our society not working within their degree fields because they had no job placement assistance or they were not prepared in the way that they should have been prepared before they graduated.

Work preparation

It is not sufficient enough to have text book materials shoved down a student's throat, handed a piece of paper, and told to have fun in the world. This can leave the student wandering around to find something in their degree field. What is good is when the courses prepare the student to work in that field rather than pouring the textbook versions of everything into their heads. What the student needs is a hands-on approach or some sort of interaction that allows them to experience what it is like to work in that field. This can also help the student determine if this is, in fact, the degree field they want to be in. They may have experience through work preparation that they do not like and may decide that the field they are studying is not the field they wish to be in after all. It is better to make this decision while in school rather than be stuck in a career they hate once they enter into the real world.

By being straightforward and preparing the student, this can result in less career changes and less students who are disgruntled with their college degree. This also results in a higher quality workforce because they know what they are doing before they do it. It minimizes training in new skill areas and makes the graduate more confident in what they are doing on the job. Uncertainty is one of the reasons why so many companies have high turnover. Work preparation can ease this situation and make the entire process and experience better for all of the parties involved. That makes one wonder why there are not more colleges and universities taking a work preparation approach in addition to filling the students full of knowledge.
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Ontario College is a privately owned college offering diplomas in business, technolog y and the legal, administrative, and health care fields. Toronto College is well known for their award winning training in technology.
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