Many people usually the working class, go back to school to pursue degrees in the fields they work in. Most people ask questions about this group which goes back to school. Some ask themselves why one would take an additional burden of taking continuous assessment tests, exams and projects. Others wonder why anyone would walk out of a regular paycheck into a classroom. There are several reasons why people can walk out of work places into classrooms for further studies, and here we want to take a look at just a few of them, based on the worker, the institutions and the companies.
Becoming more marketable is one of the reasons one might decide to go back to school. This is because more companies have made a bachelor’s degree a basic requirement. This degree has become the new high school diploma. With more industries using database searches in the recruitment process, one may not even get a chance to show his/her portfolio if a bachelor’s degree is not part of their resume.
Changing of careers is another reason why people go back to school. Maybe one has worked in a printing company for more than ten years and is getting bored with it. He /she sees a greener field in the web design field and intends to give it a try. Even though the switch can be made without a degree, the knowledge and experience acquired from a college won’t hurt because it would give one more confidence and credibility.
When one is at work, more often than not, they don’t find time to devote to learning skills not directly related to what they do. Yet, new skills can always be rewarding both professionally and personally. Thus, one goes back to school to pursue these new skills for later development in life.
The United States Chamber of Commerce and the Business Roundtable polled CEOs recently to know what qualities they wanted in employees and at the top of the list, it was found out that they wanted those who had a global mindset, those who could adapt to change, those with solid writing skills and critical thinkers. Basically, they wanted thinkers who could work and workers who could think. These skills are typically learnt in college. In other words, most companies need those who have bachelor’s degrees or more. Education provides the public with the ability of competing for the better, high paying and highly skilled jobs. When there is turmoil in the economy and more job candidates compete for the fewer positions, the CEOs decide on who gets the jobs based on the academic qualifications.
Institutions of higher education strive to help adult students, or workers who go back to school, unlock their unexploited talents by offering a practical, student-centered education that gets them ready for careers in the fastest rising industries. Some personalize their degree curriculums by presenting a suite of services which use occupational preparation and skills diagnostics to help the adult students craft a course of study that capitalizes on their career potential; and an out-comes based syllabus that permits the institutions to make sure that undergraduates have mastered a set of career talents through their classes’ work.
In our societies, therefore, improved social and economic productivity is based on being able to create jobs having higher values and adding more value to the existing jobs. This can only take place if every one gets higher education and the understanding of what one does. Society as a whole should devote more time in investing in talent to enable ideas to become tangible realities the world over.