Many adults consider the idea of returning to school. Anyone from an internationally trained newcomer to a graduate from a local institution can benefit from getting back in the classroom. With that said, re-enrolling to school is a big decision. In today’s blog we will look at five things any adult learner should consider before making a return to school.
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1) What is your end goal?
Many people are planning to go back to school because it will lead them to better career options. We recommend everyone to carefully research classes and programs which will bring you closer to your career goals.
A lot of internationally trained professionals who arrive in Canada are highly educated and have foreign credentials. For these individuals, one of the most difficult settlement concerns when immigrating to Canada is credential recognition. This is because regulated occupations and regulatory bodies may not recognize credentials earned outside of Canada. Do your research and consult our Virtual Information and Financial Counsellors on steps of how foreign credentials can become recognized.
Returning to school can be very beneficial if you are looking to improve your career opportunities. Often times, skilled professionals will return to school to either upgrade their skills or seek an alternative career. In this instance, we recommend you to carefully research labour market information and trends for your targeted career of choice.
Identify your end goal and determine the steps you need to take to return to school.
2) Do you have time?
Programs offered at university or colleges generally take two to four years to complete. Setting aside time to attend classes will fill up your weekly schedule. On top of this, consider the time you need to complete homework assignments, study course materials, and speaking with instructors. Consider your personal and career goals and ask yourself if you are able to dedicate a few years of your time to return to school.
3) Do you have other obligations?
It is natural that adult learners will have more responsibilities than their younger counterparts. These additional responsibilities such as family, household, or financial obligations need to be considerate before committing to full time education. Being a student takes a lot of time and commitment. However, getting your credentials recognized is worth the time.
Full-time education is not the only way to learn. There are many alternatives such as online or part-time classes that are available to make learning more flexible.
4) Are you ready to learn online?
With COVID-19 impacting most of the world, many post-secondary institutions have already announced they are planning to deliver online classes for the near future. While learning online can help save time and money; the only thing you will need is access to a computer and strong internet connection. We recommend you find a quiet space where you can focus on your education.
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5) Have you considered the finances?
While the benefits of pursuing further education can result in higher earning potential, going to school can be costly. Tuition prices can vary from program to program. In fact, the average tuition for Canadian universities is about $6,500 for Canadian residents. Spending a lot of money can be distracting, especially for newcomers who may be worried about their daily finances.
Fortunately, there are programs available to help internationally trained individuals who may be considering a return to school. Through Career Loans, internationally trained professionals can access a micro loan of up to $15,000 to help pay for fees associated with training or foreign credential recognition.
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More about Career Loans
Career Loans is a virtual program which helps internationally trained individuals in Alberta and Saskatchewan return to their desired career. In addition to the aforementioned micro loan, the program provides free online career support services. Our expert counsellors will be able to guide you through the foreign credential recognition process. Thinking of going back to school? Our counsellors will work with you one-on-one to determine the best steps for your career success. Speak to our counsellors by signing up for our program today!