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6 Major Reasons Why Adults Go Back to School [Infographic]

6 Major Reasons Why Adults Go Back to School [Infographic]

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Nowadays, it’s not uncommon for adults to return to school, especially with the flexibility that distance education can provide for busy students. Maybe it’s a personal reason or maybe it’s due to job advancement. No matter the case, going back to school can change your life.

Here are six reasons why adults go back to school:

Infographic listing reasons why adults go back to school

1. For Yourself

Whether it is taking one continuing education course or spending four years finishing a degree, completing these tasks makes an impact on your life. Doing this for yourself will make you push harder toward your goals. Achieving your goals can sometimes be a tedious process, but just keep reaching!

2. For Your Family

Sometimes making sacrifices to go back to college while juggling a family or a full-time job can be challenging, but the reward of graduating is worth the wait. Setting an example for family members may even motivate them to do the same. Toiling over coursework at midnight or setting the alarm for a 5 a.m. study session may not sound inspiring, but doing whatever it takes to accomplish something that you believe in is the best way to lead by example.

3. For Career Achievement

Continuing education and certificates involve highly specialized training within an industry or job field. Whether you’re a health care professional who’s interested in learning about abnormal psychology or a fire science professional interested in becoming a fire officer, there are many courses to help you become a subject matter expert.

4. For Career Advancement

If you want to move up within your organization, education may be all that’s standing between you and a promotion. Spending time outside of work to earn your degree helps in the long run.

5. For More Career Options

Did you realize a few years into your career that it isn’t what you want to spend the rest of your life doing? You may be considering other career options, and that may require going back to school.

6. For Your Financial Future

For many people who are established in their careers, they’ve hit their maximum salary potential. Getting another degree or participating in continuing education are two ways to expand your earning potential.


As an online institution, Columbia Southern University has tons of experience working with adult learners, and our student support staff is here to help you every step of the way. To get started, visit ColumbiaSouthern.edu.