What are some of the common obstacles adults face when trying to gain new qualifications?

There will inevitably be challenges in returning to study to gain new qualifications. Here are some common obstacles and ways you can overcome them.

Money, money, money

Many people return to study in order to increase their earning potential. But depending on the qualification that you are hoping to attain, it could wind up costing you more than you are able to afford right now.

Speak to the educational institution that you are interested in about payment and funding options, and they will be able to point you in the right direction.

Is it worth it?

After all the time, money and energy you spend on gaining new qualifications, will it all be worth it? This is a question that many people ask themselves, and it is certainly a valid one.

Do your research before you make the leap: speak to educational institutions, people in the relevant industry, even career counsellors.

You need to make sure that the training you undertake will lead to the outcome that you desire.

Learn Local organisations offer many different programs that meet the different requirements of employers and the courses are designed to help you progress onto further training, get a job, or get a better job.

Don’t assume that if your new qualification isn’t from a top tier university then it won’t be appreciated by prospective employers. The fact that you took the initiative to gain new qualifications and you have put in the hard work to successfully complete it says a lot more about you than you might think.

Returning to study as an adult shows independence, tenacity, and a real desire to improve – all attractive qualities in a prospective employee.

Managing the balancing act

As an adult, you have many more responsibilities, from work to family, and you simply cannot afford to waste time and money.

Learn to manage your time properly, read up on how you can be more productive in a shorter time span, and get ready to work hard. Juggling a busy work, family and social life can be quite the balancing act, and there may be times when you might drop a ball or two, but don’t give up!

Don’t take on too much or be too hard on yourself. Give yourself a break every now and then so you don’t burn out and remember to ask for help if and when you need it. You are human, after all.

 

The next course you excel in might be one undertaken at a Learn Local organisation! If you would like to undertake further training or learning near where you live, the Learn Local network can help. Learn Local organisations offer adult learning courses in local communities across Victoria. Visit the Learn Local website to discover a Learn Local organisation near where you live: http://learnlocal.org.au/find-a-learn-local/

References:

http://evolllution.com/opinions/significant-challenges-facing-adult-students/

http://www.franklin.edu/blog/overcome-5-common-obstacles-that-keep-adults-from-finishing-their-degree/