The great scientist and educator, George Washington Carver, said, “Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” This is true today as it was in his time. Yet, many of us who didn’t complete our education in the “traditional” time of life are often plagued with the inability to move up the organizational ladder and tend to earn considerably less than out counterparts who DID complete their education. Is it too late to “learn more to earn more?” Of course not, and this is why.
Colleges and universities are bending over backward to accommodate adult “return” students. Scholarships are abundant for people from all sorts of backgrounds as today’s colleges and universities value diversity like never before. Some institutions have actually set up programs that are SPECIFICALLY for return students. These programs range from group support to abbreviated class lengths to online-only classes for which class work can be done any time during the day, night or weekend to fully accredited online-only degrees. “I can’t go to classes” is no longer a reason to avoid looking into restarting that educational endeavor.
WorldWideLearn, an online educational directory, provides some startling statistics regarding income increases with a degree. One of the most noteworthy statistics is this: Workers with bachelors’s degrees make nearly $23,300 more a year than high school graduates. While that may seem astonishing, the fact remains that the bachelor’s degree is now the expectation of or the norm in many organizations.
Some years ago, it was anticipated that most workers had earned a high school diploma. That was the goal. That was the standard. As of 2005, however, over 25% of Americans had completed a bachelor’s degree and the expectation rose. After all, why should employers feel the need to “settle” for a high school graduate when a college-educated could be right around the corner? Many moved away from the high school diploma as the standard and embraced the bachelor’s degree.
Will you feel comfortable with all those OTHER college students? Probably. They aren’t ALL eighteen. Should you consider returning in order to earn a bachelor’s degree (or a master’s, if you already have a BA or a BS)? Yes! Here are some very interesting numbers to consider:
· In 1970, about 28 percent of all college students were 25 years of age or older. By 1998 that number had increased to an amazing 41 percent. The number of students age 35 and older in degree-granting institutions has risen from about 823,000 in 1970 to an estimated 2.9 million in 2001 — doubling from a mere 9.6% of total students to a telling 19.2%, according to theNational Center for Education Statistics.
· The Institute for Higher Education Policyalso has reported that the numbers of students how are 40 and older increased by an almost unbelievable 235 percent from 1970 to 1993.
It might be time to go back to earn that degree that might have been missed out on earlier I life…it is DEFINITELY time to look into the possibility, if nothing else. “Learn more to earn more” and enjoy accumulating some amazing knowledge along the journey.
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