Going Back to School at Age 30 and Up: Is It Too Late?

Health care

(BLS), healthcare is an industry with one of the highest predicted growth rates at 15%. Going back to school for a degree in health care may prove to be a smart career move with plenty of job opportunities.

1. Health information technician

Education needed: There are several ways to earn the credentials needed for this position. Some positions may require an associate degree in the field while others may require a bachelor’s in health management, health information or another related field.

2. Substance abuse counselor

Education needed: First, you’ll need to pursue a degree in counseling. After gaining practical experience in counseling, you’ll need to earn a state license to counsel substance abuse clients.

3. Registered nurse

Primary duties: A registered nurse provides extensive care to patients in a variety of settings. They perform diagnostic testing, administer medications and assist doctors with medical procedures.

Education needed: You’ll need to pursue a degree in nursing and go through extensive certifications and training. Entering a nursing program can be both challenging and competitive, though it is possible to become a nurse at the associate’s degree level, perhaps building upward in schooling from there.

4. Dental hygienist

Primary duties: A dental hygienist performs basic and advanced dental cleaning. They also capture and study images of patient teeth and gums to advise dentists of necessary oral care. A hygienist may also be licensed to administer types of anesthesia.

Education needed: A two-year program certified by the Commission on Dental Accreditation may provide you with enough training to start work as a dental hygienist, though additional licenses and certifications may be required depending where you live.

Information technology

Another growing field, information technology (IT), offers job potential within a range of positions involving emerging technology and digital platforms. Here are some ideal jobs in IT:

1. Web developer

Primary duties: Web developers work with web designers to create websites for clients. They use coding and programming skills to build a website from planning to publishing on the internet.

Education needed: Earning an associate degree in web design may help you begin your career in this field. More specialized web design can require you to pursue a bachelor’s degree in computer science, programming or another related field of study. Additionally, there are many coding camps that provide training that could set you on this career path.

2. Information security analyst

Primary duties: As the need for cybersecurity increases, so does the need for professionals who understand how to protect computer networks from outside attacks. Information security analysts create and implement cyber security measures for organizations.

3. Software engineer

5 Benefits of Going Back to School

By taking the key considerations above into account, you’ll be better placed to take up your studies with a clear mind. Here are five important benefits of making the decision to return to school.

The first benefit of going back to school is to enjoy an experience you’ve chosen for yourself — not because someone else wants you to or that it is expected of you. Many students entering tertiary education straight out of high school do so because of parental and peer pressure. It can result in students taking courses they have no real interest in, which can lead to a poor university experience or diminished performance.

As a mature student, you’re better equipped to fully appreciate your learning journey. You’ll be doing a course you’ve chosen, with a good understanding of how it will benefit you in the future. The extra miles under your belt also puts you in a better position to excel, thanks to greater maturity and more refined skills in many complementary areas of your life.

Advice for Going Back to College at Age 30

Once you overcome your fears and decide to go back to school, the journey isn’t over. In fact, it’s only just begun. But that’s part of the adventure, and the proper preparation could ensure you spend your time learning, not stressing.

Do Plenty of Research Before Applying

There are thousands of options when it comes to college. You need to do your due diligence every step of the way to make sure that you find a perfect school for you. This includes researching different schools, majors, and concentrations to find the program that best suits your goals and expectations.

But once you’ve made your mind up of going back to school at 30, doing all of this research could actually prepare you for the rigors of the classroom. When performing research, set aside specific time every week and dedicate that to your search for colleges and programs. This will get you in the habit of sitting down and getting work done at specific times – an important habit to have for your future studies.

Manage Your Time But Have Fun

One of the biggest obstacles of going back to college at 30 is managing your time. With all of your various responsibilities, the only way to achieve your goals is to find a balance. That means scheduling time to perform your coursework, even if you attend an online program, so that you don’t get distracted.

It may seem like your coursework on top of your professional responsibilities are going to make it so you never have time for your family or for relaxation. However, the quickest way to burn out is to avoid the things that bring you happiness. Don’t forget to set aside time every week to spend time with your loved ones and your friends. They could be a great source of happiness that may relieve the stress of pursuing your degree.

Create a Plan

No matter how motivated you are to earn your degree, there will come a point where the inspiration has evaporated. It will seem like a never-ending process and the stress and doubt will creep in. If you don’t have a concrete plan, this may be the time when you take some time off and then never get back to it.

That’s why creating a plan is such an important part of going back to college. It should be clear and concise with milestones, timelines, and even rewards built in so you can always have a clear vision of the end result in mind.

Having rewards, such as a weekend trip or a shopping spree, could provide you with short-term goals. This might give you something to look forward to that is closer and more achievable than the overall goal of earning your degree. And keep you moving forward.

Know What You Want to Do

In order to get the most out of your experience back in the classroom, you should have clear goals as to what you want to achieve. This doesn’t only mean the degree that you want to earn, but also some of the skills you’d like to develop and any additional licenses or certifications you may need to pursue. Think about how you’ll use your degree or the next step in your journey after graduation.

Having as many of your goals clearly defined before you go back to school will make the tough days that much easier. Some students also have pictures of their family or of a graduation cap and gown on the desk to act as constant reminders. Find something motivating and keep working every day.



Homeschooling tips: 5 celebrities share their experiences and a tutor gives advice


10 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Homeschooled

It seems like every homeschooling parent and student can recite from memory a list of famous homeschoolers. George Washington, Leonardo DaVinci, Thomas Edison, Charles Dickens, Sandra Day O’Conner… the list goes on and on. As a kid, I even had a t-shirt featuring a long list of homeschooled names and faces which, I might add, I wore proudly!

This was before homeschooling was as mainstream as it is today, and it was nice to have a list of successful homeschoolers to point to when people questioned your family’s educational choice.

While the accomplishments of these historical figures can’t be overemphasized, there are quite a few more recent examples of famous homeschoolers including some of the most popular entertainers in Hollywood.

They may be household names, but these young celebrities chose homeschooling for some of the same reasons as millions of other American families: flexibility, bullying, religion, and learning difficulties, to name just a few.

A seven-time Grammy award winner, Taylor Swift began her musical career at the age of 14. That didn’t leave much time for school, so the teen star opted to be homeschooled. In 2007, Swift told CMT: My home schooling has been a great experience. I feel like I’ve had the best senior year possible. It’s awesome that I’ve been able to stay on the same path to graduating that I would’ve been on if I’d stayed in high school. I’m going to graduate this year, and I’m so excited about that. My education was always a big deal to me, and I’m so glad home schooling allowed me to keep it up.

She’s been in the news recently for shedding her teen image, but back when Miley was still Hannah Montana, she spoke to Seventeen about her homeschooling, saying: I’m actually graduating early. I got a lot of work done already. Being home schooled, I have had a lot of tutors help me. I will be done next year with high school and I’m really excited about that. Also, what is really cool about the school that I go to is that it has prep classes for college. So, when I get a chance I will have that availability because I have studied for it.

In 2012, teen pop star Justin Bieber announced he had graduated from high school. According to Rolling Stone, the singer took online classes to meet his graduation requirements while on tour. So K 12 students, you have something in common with Justin Bieber: online school!

Today Justin Timberlake is a superstar, with multiple bestselling albums, 6 Grammy awards, 4 Emmys, and roles in movies and on TV. He got his start as a child on Star Search, and as a cast member on The Mickey Mouse Club, before joining 90’s boy band N Sync. Though he attended elementary school in Memphis, Tennessee, it’s been widely reported that he was homeschooled throughout high school, due to the demands of his career with N Sync.

Since becoming the NFL’s most famous homeschooler, quarterback Tim Tebow has served as an example for homeschooled athletes everywhere. His missionary parents chose to homeschool due to their faith, but that didn’t prevent Tim from playing on local public school sports teams.

As a college sophomore, Tebow became the first homeschooler to win the Heisman trophy and had this to say about his unprecedented win: A lot of times people have this stereotype of home-schoolers as not very athletic it’s like, go win a spelling bee or something like that. It’s an honor for me to be the first one to do that.

A singer-songwriter and actress, Demi Lovato first rose to prominence on the Disney Channel. But life as a child actress wasn’t always easy in 7 th grade, she was bullied so much that she eventually opted to be homeschooled. She told Ellen DeGeneres in 2008: “I never really understood why [I was being bullied] until looking back… I had a different lifestyle then everyone else.”

Actor Ryan Gosling says that as a child he got into trouble at school, was bullied by other students, and was diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder). He struggled in school, and by age 10, still couldn’t read. Because of these difficulties, his mother, a single parent, pulled him out to homeschool him. In 2007, Gosling told The Guardian that homeschooling gave him a sense of autonomy that I’ve never really lost.

Today Selena Gomez is a chart-topping pop star. But back when she was on Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place, she told Scholastic: I’m home-schooled. It’s kind of hard to go back to tutoring on the set and then back to school and back again. But we have a great teacher, and I just do what every other kid does. I have school and homework.

An up-and-coming star, Chloe Moretz has been making headlines for her role in the recent Carrie remake. Because of her busy shooting schedule, the 16-year-old is taught at home by her mom. The flexibility works for her she says, telling E!: “She understands that I like to sleep in because I get all these hours when I’m working… I get like 6 a.m. starts, so we start school around 9:30. We work till 6 p.m. but it’s worth it.”