There are so many bright older women out there who are struggling to reach their full potential, simply because they weren’t able to get an education in their younger days. Perhaps when they were growing up, it wasn’t the done thing, or maybe they started a family young and were unable to attend college; no matter the reason, their inability to reach their zenith is not only a shame for them, but for the whole country who could be benefiting from their knowledge and experience.
The good news is, that no matter how old you are or what happened in your past, it is never too late to get an education, and if you’re one of those women who aren’t, for whatever reason, living up to your full potential, you might actually find that getting an education in your 40’s, 50’s or 60’s is even better than it would have been in the past.
Here are some of the benefits of being an older student:
You Have Life Experience
A lot of teens drop out of college before getting a degree because they struggle with the life side of the experience. They aren’t used to standing on their own two feet, living away from home and motivating themselves to do things rather than having their parents motivate them. As an older woman, you have no doubt lived a life. You may well have kids of your own, and you’ll undoubtedly have had to stand on your own two feet, which means you are in a much better position to settle in and focus on getting an education.
You Have Work Experience
Something what often holds younger women back when they graduate college and start looking for their dream job is that they have little work experience. As an older woman, this is likely to be different for you, and whether you plan to do an online mba in healthcare management or get a degree in teaching from Yale, once you graduate, you’ll be able to use your experience as your leverage to get the job you’ve always wanted. What’s not to love about that?
The Internet is a Thing Now
One of the benefits of coming to education at a later stage in life is undoubtedly the availability of online degree programs and courses which enable you to study on your own terms at a time that is convenient for you. If the idea of attending classes on campus always put you off, well now you don’t have to!
It Can Change Your Life
As an older woman, you may have given up on many of your hopes and dreams, resigning yourself to living a quiet life with a job that pays the bills, but which doesn’t inspire you much, looking after the kids or grandkids and just getting by. If you decide to get an education, it will open up your world and help you to realize that you do have more wonderful options open to you; options which could change your life.
So, why not seize the opportunity?