September 10, 2012 | British Columbia
As the summer season comes to a close, children are not the only ones gearing up to head back to the classroom. Today, a growing number of adults are choosing to seek higher education to advance their careers and gain the skills needed to land jobs in their desired field. While balancing a job, family obligations and a full course load may take some getting used to, the benefits can be well worth it. Whether adults are in the information technology (IT) sector and are heading back to school to learn the latest tech trends or are choosing to change careers and start a future in practical nursing, they can pursue programs at schools in their area tailored to educate them in subjects they are passionate about.
Before deciding on the right school and which program to pursue, adults should seriously consider all of the pros and cons that come along with going back to school. If finances are a concern, aspiring students can weigh the cost of the program overall compared with the potential salary increase that they will experience after completing their particular college program. According to a survey issued by BCjobs.ca, recruiters offer applicants with higher education credentials up to 10 percent more than other candidates.
In order to feel financially secure paying for programs to become an IT worker, students can get part-time jobs to make more money and gain more practical knowledge in their particular field. Simply by taking on an administrative role at an ad agency, software company or other organization could lead to making strong connections with influential figures in the IT sector. While the position may only be temporary, adults could look into possible careers after they graduate at that particular company, or ask the connections they have made about any opportunities they might have heard about that they think these aspiring professionals could qualify for.
One of the most difficult aspects of going back to school is balancing all of life's commitments along with the demands of the higher education program. Sometimes, students can mix online courses with traditional classes to make time for their jobs and family priorities. Once they've mapped out a successful system that will give them enough time to go to class and complete their required assignments, they can choose the right program at CDI College that will strengthen their skills in networking and computer programming.