Unfortunately, people have a lot of misunderstandings about how adult education works, and what it can do for them. They may believe that getting their GED, two-year degrees, or four-year degrees is only for people who are naturally very smart, or they may think that degrees are only for young people. Some believe that what they'll pay to learn isn't worth what they'll get out of it, or that they won't be eligible for financial aids. Still others are embarrassed to admit that they don't have the level of education they want.
None of these are good reasons to skip going back to school if you want the benefits it can offer. Adults who return to school make more money over the course of their lives than those who don't, and the experience and knowledge you've acquired will count for something. Even if you don't feel smart, you'll be surprised at your capacity. Plus, there are special programs for older students at many schools that can help you afford your course work.
If you do go back to school, you have many options. Consider taking advanced training courses in your field to increase your chances of a promotion or a higher salary. Vocational and academic courses can help many people improve their situations. You'll set a good example for your children - people with degrees are much more likely to be followed by their children than those without one. You'll also be more marketable in your field, or have the chance to change careers if you want.
Distance learning can help you accommodate even a tricky schedule. You can work full time and still enroll in a course or courses that will work with your schedule, and the school doesn't have to be in your area. Most of the benefits of a live classroom are still offered with distance learning, and you'll be able to get the schooling you wouldn't otherwise have access to. Plus, many distance learning programs let you do it at your own pace.
If you've been thinking about adult education, but you weren't sure you could do it, don't let those myths hold you back. It's amazing what a good program can do for your career and your situation. Check out opportunities in your area today! You may be surprised by the difference just a few classes, or a good vocational or academic program, can make in your life. Lots of adults are going back to school and enjoying the benefits of learning more.