The current coronavirus pandemic is making many of us reevaluate our lives. Rather than being stuck in the throws of our usual routines, where we often get little free time to think things over or plan major life changes, we’re suddenly finding ourselves out of work with a little more time on our hands. Many of us are coming to the realisation that we’re not actually all too happy in our current job roles, or that we’d like to try a change of career path. This could be completely feasible. Some roles you can head straight into, starting at the bottom and working your way up. But others will need you to head back to university to pursue higher education and gain qualifications. Alternatively, you might just want to dedicate some of your time to studying a subject you’re devoted to. One thing that puts some of us off? The thought that it’s too late for us to study. Many of us associate university with teens and people in their early twenties. But mature students (people starting studies after the age of 21) are a large presence in many universities too! Here are three different modes of study you might want to consider if you do plan to return to studying!
The first option you have is the most traditional form of study. You’ll apply to a university, then attend full-time and in person. This will see you spend time on a university campus, attend lectures and seminars, work in university libraries and have the full blown student experience. You may even opt to live in student accommodation provided by companies like AXO Student to save on costs.
Some of us aren’t able, or simply don’t want to, commit to full time study. We may have jobs or family commitments that we need to focus on too. In this case, part-time study might be more appropriate. For a part time undergraduate degree, you’re looking at studying for six to eight years rather than the full time 3 – 4 years. If you’re doing a masters degree, you could extend it from the standard full time one year to a part time two years.
The most flexible learning option is online study. Nowadays, increasing numbers of universities are offering online courses which allow you to engage with distance learning. This means that you can study around other responsibilities, rather than having to attend lectures and seminars on campus at set times. This allows you to continue your job or childcare at the same time as studying! Take a look at the different options available to you!
It really is never too late to head back to higher education and it could prove to be an extremely beneficial venture for you! Hopefully, the above information has helped to introduce you to some of the options that are available to you!