Five Reasons to Go Back to College
Now that graduation season is over, I like thousands of other graduates, are listing our textbooks for sale on Amazon and putting together our resumes. When I went back to college, I was surprised to see a lot of people in their 30s and 40s. These people were usually working in the field they were pursuing a degree in. Why would somebody take on the additional burden of projects and tests? Why would anyone walk out of a regular paycheck to walk into a classroom?
As someone who did just that five years ago, I can give you my main reasons for deciding to go back to college.
1.Become more marketable.
More and more companies make having a Bachelor's degree a requirement. Bachelor's degree is the new high school diploma. With more and more companies using database searches for recruitment you may not get a chance to even show your portfolio if a college degree is not a part of your resume.
2.Learn new skills.
When you work you often don't have time to devote to learning new skills that aren't directly related to the task at hand. Yet, this can be personally and professionally rewarding. I learned video and even got a chance to show at a couple of festivals.
3.Get into teaching or management.
Bachelor's degree is a requirement for teaching and management positions, at least in big cities. Of course, there might be exceptions but those are few. A degree doesn't guarantee you'll become an art director but at least you'll be in the running.
4.Experience college life. Or not.
Your experience can vary depending on whether you live on campus or not, how much free time you have, and other personal factors. Do whatever you feel comfortable with.
5.Change career focus.
Maybe you worked in print for over ten years and you're getting bored with it. The grass looks so much greener over in the web design field. Although you can make the switch without a degree, the knowledge and experience from college certainly won't hurt. You'll have more credibility and confidence.