Going Back To School In Your Fifties

Going Back To School In Your Fifties

College is typically thought of as something that you do in your teens and 20s. You’re away from home for the very first time and you get to explore the world on your own. You’re learning, making new friends, and finding out who you are as an individual.

It’s a part of life that more and more people are experiencing and that’s a very good thing. It doesn’t just have to be for younger people anymore, though. There’s always been a subset of people who go to school on their own accord.

Men and women in their 30s are nothing strange to see on a campus and now even older people are getting into it. There are more people in their 50s going to college now than ever before.

These are successful men and women who either want to finish their degrees or get brand new ones to fit into their lives. It can be as simple as wanting to earn more money or advancement in your career.

It can also be because you never got to experience everything that college life had to offer you a few decades ago. While you might not be able to get the full college experience now, there are still plenty of things that you can benefit from in the world of education.

Reasons to go back to school

Let’s talk about some of the different reasons that going back to school might be a good thing for you. The first is that it will keep you competitive in the workplace.

It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been in your chosen career. You’re going to get to a point where you’re not as highly sought after as younger people just out of school. This could do with the changes in technology or it could be about the philosophy behind your work.

Going Back To School In Your Fifties

Either way, going back to school will give you the edge that you’re starting to lose to recent graduates. The next is simply seeking out new challenges. If you’ve gotten to a place where you’re bored with what you’re doing then school is a great way to get the challenges in life back.

You’ll be competing with hundreds of other people and it will make you feel like you’re succeeding again. It will be difficult, but that might be exactly what you’re looking for without even knowing it.

Finally get your degree

The biggest reason that people over 50 want to go back to school is simply to get their degrees. Finding your place in the working world without one is only going to get more difficult as time goes on.

You may have a solid job with a solid position, but a degree is just something that you’ve always wanted for yourself. There’s never going to be a better time to pursue it than right now. There are more than enough schools that offer evening and online classes.

It could be just what you need to finally fill out that part of your life. It’s a point of pride and, once you get it, no one will ever be able to take it away from you.

You just can’t beat that feeling of accomplishment in anything else you can do. Just figure out the type of degree that you want to pursue and go for it.

There are still grants and scholarships that you can seek out after the age of 50. They’re a little bit more difficult to find, but they certainly exist and they’re just waiting for someone like you to come alone and claim them.

Decide to work for yourself

Of course, one of the most overlooked reasons for going back to school is to start working for yourself. A business degree is always a great idea at any age.

Once you build the skills you need to run your own business, you can finally become your own boss. It doesn’t have to be something that you’ve always wanted to do, either. When you’re working for yourself, you can never get outsourced and your position can never be altered. It’s just what you want to do, when you want to do it.

Running a business is no easy task and that’s why seeking out education on the subject should be one of your goals. Once you figure out how to do it, you can head right out and get started on the next chapter of your life. It’s the kind of job security that you just can’t find anywhere else in the world.

If you’re seriously considering something like that then don’t hesitate. The longer you wait, the more difficult it’s going to become. Just get out there and make your job something that you love and never want to do without for the rest of your life!


  • Stephen

    Stephen is now retired. He spent 25 years in community welfare and is one of the co-founders of life over 50. He has a keen interest in everything concerning this special age group.....and makes valuable contributions to the site. In his spare time, he enjoys photography, cycling and gardening. Also a keen jazz music lover!

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