This is a collaborative post by Ellie Jo with tips on ways to find time for more and higher education in your busy life.
Options for Fitting in More and Higher Education in Your Busy Life
When it comes to finding a job in the modern era, you’re going to have to do a lot of pre-planning and preparation before you can even apply for an interview. And because of that, you probably went through college for a few years, getting a degree, working hard to gain some experience, and probably exhausting yourself whilst you’re at it.
Academia is something a lot of people look up to and hold in high esteem, so it’s often the natural solution for preparing yourself to try and find a job in the field of your dreams. But sometimes, academia just doesn’t quite work for you, and you often consider dropping out. Thankfully, with the internet onboard, and problems coming more and more to the forefront of our social conscience, you can make academia fit around you.
Your career dreams can be as messy as your workstation! (Source)
Know What You Want
The first thing to know, before you let academia whisk you away to heights you’re unfamiliar with, is what you really want from the course you’re applying to. You want to know it’s going to challenge and satisfy you in equal measure, with a schedule you know you’re going to be able to keep to, as well as resources you can both understand and use regularly. People often think academia isn’t right for them because of reasons like this, but they simply haven’t found the right course for them yet.
So if astrophysics was something you had an inkling about, be sure the jargon means something to you, and that it excites and intrigues you enough to commit yourself full time to it. Only then can you be sure that your academic needs are being met, and that you’re preparing for a future you feel secure and confident about. And most of all, make sure it’s what you want, not what your partner or your parents want.
Turn to Learning Online
If you’re someone who’s tried college before, and absolutely hated what was involved with the life you had to lead, you don’t want to put yourself through it again. Maybe you dropped out, maybe you’re looking to complete a masters program, maybe you just want to go back to college to qualify yourself for something new – a traditional learning environment isn’t the only way to accomplish these dreams.
You can use the online world instead, seeing as plenty of colleges and other academic institutions are taking their courses online for everyone to have access to. You can try out for your master of social work here, if you’ve been unenthused about your chances until now, and learn just as much as you would have done within a lecture theater in a flat on a loan you couldn’t afford.
Your academic needs don’t need to be unfulfilled or turned away by the college, trade school, or apprenticeship you’re applying for. Make sure you’re looking for the right course in the right area, and that you have the motivation ready.