Stress-Free Tips for Moms Going Back To College Part 2
2 - All moms are working moms. Whether you work in or out of the home, keeping your skills fresh is essential.
To keep current in the workforce, you can take college classes to earn the academic skills and credentials you need for a promotion, or to maintain job stability. Likewise, continuing to take college classes if you have stepped out of the workplace for an extended period of time to focus on your children can help improve your chance of employment when you choose to reenter the workforce at a later date. Taking online college courses keeps your skills fresh. If you already have a college degree, taking online college courses allows you to stay up-to-date on the latest learning technologies and trends in your field.
Are you a healthcare worker who wants to know more about business? Even if you already have a nursing degree, you can take online classes in accounting and business. And when you are ready, you can transfer these courses for credit to a college where you can ultimately earn a college degree or certificate in business.
Are you around children (yours and others) a large part of your day and concerned about your ability to handle a medical emergency? Why not take a First Aid/CPR course now, and earn college credit at the same time? Who knows, you may find your passion and find that you can easily continue on with other introductory college courses online that can lead to a healthcare career or even a medical degree later down the road.
You are the only one who can make an investment in your education. If not now, then when?
3 - Going back to college is “worth it.”
According to a recent report by the Brooking Institution, investing in your higher education is a better investment than almost any other choice. Over the course of a lifetime, a worker with a bachelors degree earns $570,000 more than someone with a high school diploma; an associate degree will earn you more than $170,000 over earning a high school diploma only.1
Also, there is evidence that those who have attended college, even just for a year, but don’t finish, earn more than those who have never started college.2 Though the cost/benefit of this may depend how much you pay for your first year of college – StraighterLine’s First Year of College program costs only $1299, making the cost/benefit investment easy to work in favor of your pocketbook.
Finally, if you are looking for job stability for you and your family, then a college degree may be your best protection against unemployment. In fact, the January 2013 unemployment rate for college graduates was 3.7% versus 8.1% for workers with no more than a high school diploma.3
Going back to college as a mom is worth it. It’s time for women like you to discover the power of a higher education for yourself.
1Greenstone, MIchael & Looney, Adam, Brookings Institute, Where is the Best Place to Invest $102,000 -- In Stocks, Bonds, or a College Degree, 6/25/2011, p1
3Rampell, Catherine, Economix, Yes, Even Young College Graduates Have Low Unemployment, 3/2013, p.1