If you’re considering pursuing higher education - whether to finish a degree you started or get another degree - you may be questioning if it’s worth it to go back to school.
We know this is an important decision, but we want to answer this question with a resounding, “Yes! Going back to school is definitely worth it!” There’s been plenty of research to show there are numerous benefits of lifelong learning so you really can’t go wrong by going back to school.
With technology continuing to advance, many jobs are at risk of being replaced by automation – 25% of U.S. jobs, according to a recent Brookings Institution report. More than half of jobs that don't require a bachelor's degree are at risk of replacement, compared to just a quarter of jobs that do require a 4-year degree.
By going back to school to learn new skills and get tools that will help you stay on top of industry trends, you become more valuable to your employer and improve your job security.
Continued learning can increase your chances of getting raises and promotions. In 2015, on average, college grads earned 56% more than high school grads - and that amount only grows with higher degree levels.
Want some more great news? A 2016 study found that those who participated in tuition assistance programs were 21% more likely to be promoted and saw a 40 percent higher wage increase to boot.
Continuing your education builds confidence by developing your skills, knowledge and experience - leading to an increased level of competence. A Pew Research Center survey found that 87% of people who participated in continued learning say “their activities helped them feel more capable and well rounded.”
Continued learning develops meaningful connections with your instructors and fellow learners. By attending school with other working adults, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from them (and vice-versa), while growing your network.
With online education becoming increasingly popular among working adults, becoming a lifelong learner has never been easier. These flexible online programs make it convenient to go back to school regardless of where you live and what your schedule looks like.
With your organization’s education benefit program, you have an amazing opportunity to experience these many benefits of lifelong learning. Whether you’re looking to advance in your current field or make a career change, you’ll be well on your way to success on both professional and personal levels!