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American society often thinks of the college and higher education system as being a natural extension of youth. We picture teens jumping straight from high school to university.
In reality, higher education is for everyone, and you can work to better yourself and continue learning at any age. We sat down with the Dean of the School of Business at Gardner-Webb University, Professor Mischia Taylor, to discuss key reasons for pursuing education as an adult.
1. Education can make you more marketable.
There have been loads of articles written about the difficulties facing working people in the job market, from outsourced positions to the rise of the “gig economy.” By furthering your education, you can expand your skill set and increase the number of jobs for which you are suited.
Ever an advocate for education, Dean Taylor emphasized the do-ability of adult education. “You can find the time,” she said. “It’s doable.” With Gardner-Webb’s launch of the 10-month, online MBA program, the University is making it even easier for adults to pursue new skills.
“We spent so much time on the design of [the new MBA program] to make it more accessible for the students,” said Taylor. The new online program offers the same small class sizes and GWU commitment to student success as the school’s traditional MBA.
2. Education can change the trajectory of your life.
Not only does learning new skills and ideas increase your marketability, but it can change the course of your life forever. Dean Mischia Taylor knows this personally.
A mother of two working full-time, she started taking night classes to achieve both her Associate’s Degree and Bachelor’s Degree before returning to school for a Master’s, teaching courses and acting as Director of Recruitment for Gardner-Webb. Now, she has been appointed Dean of the School of Business and is two courses away from earning her Doctorate.
Plus, by engaging with other students, you can make new relationships, network for business purposes and share unique experiences from the job world. Having class with other working adults affords you access to more connections than you might have simply by working in your specific career.
3. Education as an adult is a choice and an aspiration.
Very few of us like being told what to do—especially as teenagers. For some, this makes college difficult and boring. Instead of soaking up the education you pay to receive, it is easy to view university as a simple progression from high school.
As an adult, this changes drastically. By having more responsibilities and more maturity, it is easier to take school more seriously. Rather than seeing education as something you are expected to do, you approach learning as an achievement toward which you can aspire.
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