Once you've decided to make a mid life career change, you may find that you need additional education. Perhaps it's been 10, 20 or even 30 years since you sat in a classroom and the thought of returning to school may be overwhelming to you. Don't let a lack of education or specialized training keep you from making a career change.
Community colleges, four year colleges and trade/vocational schools are increasingly seeing larger numbers of older students enrolling.
Here are some interesting numbers:
So not to worry, chances are you won't be sitting in a room full of 20-somethings. (On a personal note, I went back to school and completed a graduate degree when I was over 50) As our population ages in general and people move into new second or even third careers, the non-traditional/older student will become much more common.
Many schools (colleges, community colleges and vocational schools) have altered their programs to meet the needs of an adult student:
As a mature student, you have many advantages:
If you are nervous about sitting in a classroom again , know that many schools have "life-long learner" programs or "re-entry student" programs to facilitate your adjustment and ensure your success. I had returned to graduate school, not having been a student for about 17 years and the first few weeks were a little overwhelming. Before long, I settled into a routine and managed to get all my work done and get straight As in my courses. You can too!
So don't let your nervousness about going back to school keep you from finding your dream career. Once in school, enjoy the process. Remember you are building a wonderful new career for yourself.