You wake up every day to return to the same job you have been dragging yourself to for years. Another day of performing work that, let’s face it, was fine 10 years ago, but is starting to wear you down.
You’ve always been interested in helping people, or computers, or nursing but you’re not sure if you can handle going to college at this point. You don’t have time. You’re afraid of math. Your cat wants you home at night. The excuses are endless.
“For most adult learners, college really is possible,” says Jennifer Little, director of career services at Spartanburg Community College.
“I didn’t do well in high school.”
You might have been really great at field hockey or football while you were in high school. You might have slept in until noon on the weekends. You might have worn flip-flops in the winter. Who you were in high school has little relevance to who you are today. Your values, interests, and yes, your skills, have evolved.
You might be a great student today, though you weren’t when you were younger. You’re more motivated. You have a lot of great experience to draw upon. You’re more mature.
“We have students come in who are absolutely brilliant and have no idea of their potential,” says Little. “Returning to college ends up being such a confidence-builder for them.”
“I don’t have the time.”
We’re all doing a million things. However, think of the time that is wasted in your life when you’re unhappy with your career path. You may constantly go shopping, eat out, or play mindless games on the computer, all in an attempt to be engaged because your profession is not engaging you.
You will probably find that, when you begin learning material that resonates with you, you will have a lot more energy and time to get the work done than you thought.
Community colleges know all about busy adults. One popular option is taking online classes. Students can take their classes when their children go to bed, on their lunch breaks, or whenever it’s convenient for them.
“I can’t afford it.”
Financial aid, scholarships, and grants are available for both full-time and part-time students and a majority of community college students receive some sort of financial aid.
Find out what you are eligible for by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, the first step in the financial aid process, at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
And many colleges have payment plans allowing you to pay your bill monthly instead of in one lump sum.
“I don’t know what I want to study.”
You know that you want to earn a degree in something, but you just aren’t sure what that something is yet. Are you putting off college until the bolt of inspiration comes to you?
Don’t wait! Start by making an appointment with Spartanburg Community College’s Career Services office to take an assessment that will help you figure out your interests and the types of careers that suit you or visit SCC’s Career Services webpage at www.sccsc.edu/career/ to explore available tools. Be sure to take advantage of SCC’s online resource, Career Coach, which is designed to help you find careers by providing the most current local data on wages, employment, job postings, and associated education and training. You can search for careers, see hot jobs currently available in your area, browse degrees you’re interested in, and even answer six quick questions to figure out what your interests are and what careers are a good fit for you.