If you are one of those lucky people who has always known what you want to do or be, had the resources needed to get training to be that straight out of high school, got a dream job, and stayed there until retirement, you are a rare example. For many of us, our needs, desires, and situations in life have changed drastically as we’ve aged. Statistics show that the age of college students is on the rise. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), 33% of the 18 million undergraduate students in the US are over the age of 25, and 22% are over the age of 30. From 2010 to 2020, the NCES projects a rise of 20% in enrollments of students 25 and over.
What’s your situation? Do you think you’re in the market for a new career, — one you’re willing to go back to school to get? There are many benefits of going back to school. Perhaps you chose a career after high school or college that paid the bills, but didn’t fulfill your dreams and aspirations or correspond with your interests.
The positives of going back to school later in life are endless. Maturity and open-mindedness top the list. Your years in the workforce have prepared you for dealing with many different situations and many different types of people. As a student again, your age works to your advantage and is irrelevant in your connections and relationships with people of all ages and backgrounds.
Three exceptional opportunities present themselves when going back to school:
- Becoming a student again is a chance for you to reconnect with yourself. It is the opportunity to explore, find and create new interests and passions. You are able to let your guard down and become a student again, rather than always feeling the pressure of being the teacher, boss, mother, father, provider or mentor.
Intellectual growth and challenges
- As a student, you gain an awareness of realizing how much unused capacity there is in the human brain. Learning new skills and information can lead to an amazing sense of accomplishment and gratitude when finished.
Finding a new career
- Finding a career that meets the needs of who you are now could be the best payoff of all. For example, massage school brings an opportunity to make a shift from the ordinary, or from what is expected, to finding a new path especially for you.
If going back to school to become a massage therapist is calling to you, European Massage Therapy School’s industry leading curriculum offers a specialized approach to massage therapy education. Our program includes the advanced techniques necessary to succeed in the massage therapy industry of today and tomorrow! Contact us to get started on the rest of your life!