You may have heard before that the amount of money you can earn in your working life is largely dependent upon your education level, but is that really true? Surely if you have the smarts and the willingness to work hard that should make up for a lack of further education credentials or a lack of formal training right?
Unfortunately, increasingly the answer to that question is no. The days when an employer would add ‘willing to train’ to a job posting are almost completely gone. Employers – large and small – no longer have the time or money to train workers, except in the most menial of jobs. And even some of those jobs now come along with minimum educational requirements.
Returning to school can be a daunting idea, especially for those already out in the workforce with a family to support and lots of other commitments. Finding the time and money to pursue some form of further education or formal training is the biggest worry that most adults have and the biggest reason that they will put off exploring the idea further.
Although it will not be easy, pursuing further education while still working full-time is possible, and the money and effort should pay off, in the form of increased earnings and better career prospects within 2-4 years of completing the training at most.
As we previously mentioned, actually finding the time to fit schooling into their busy schedules is a big concern for many people, and for them, exploring the online schooling options that might be available to them is an excellent idea. In many career fields there is no real reason why an on campus education would be necessary and an online school usually allows you to complete your assignments and testing on your own schedule, something that is a real boon for many.
As long as an online school has the proper accreditation usually the same financial aid options are open to students enrolled in online schools as well and in addition often the tuition for an online school is far less as well.
Whatever form of higher education you choose to pursue, the path is not going to be an easy one. It will however be well worth the effort in the long run!