The age-old saying ‘you are never too old to learn’ has never rung truer than at a time where an increasing number of adults are engaging in studies to better their lives. While there used to be a lot of tertiary institutions in Pakistan with a maximum age limit, such as the Pakistan Medical & Dental Council that had a restriction of 35 years – most have been abolished in recent years. Older students are now being encouraged to further their education in a bid to not only better themselves but contribute in a positive manner to the local economy as well. Studying at an older age can indeed be extremely beneficial, not only for the tertiary institutions and future employers but for the older student as well.
A much-needed time out
As you grow older you may find yourself feeling as if you are stuck in a rut, both at work as well as in your personal life. One way to propel yourself out of this furrow is to enrol in that course you have been putting off for years due to family obligations or financial constraints. By rediscovering certain skills and taking the first step towards achieving your lifelong dreams you will receive a huge confidence boost while doing wonders for your self-esteem. Taking up studying may also provide you with a much-needed reprieve from everyday life.
Boost your current career or completely change direction
Education is key, regardless of whether you want to progress in your current field or make a complete career transition. Obtaining a qualification will not only look good on your CV but also provides you with the opportunity to increase your working skill set substantially. If your career allows for substantial progression you may find yourself becoming a notable contender for promotion if you improve your credentials. The more skills you possess, the more opportunities will open up for you career-wise, improving your chances of landing your dream job. Whether you want to improve your English, delve into business managements or learn more about your ancestry with a course in genealogy, you are limited only by your willpower. If you plan on studying with the purpose of progressing within your current job you can also enquire about the possibility of your employer helping you fund your studies.
Focus on time management
Finding time for attending classes and preparing for exams without neglecting your other responsibilities is one of the greatest obstacles that older students face which is why time management is so important. When you start studying it may be difficult to set time aside for going through your notes, completing assignments and studying for tests and exams. Don’t despair though, it does get significantly easier with time, especially if you draw up a schedule for yourself and stick to it.
Make use of various study methods
When you were younger it might have been considered enough to only study what is in your textbooks or on your reading list. Today, however, there are a myriad of supporting materials available that can advance your studying efforts. A lot of study courses are complemented by online resources such as video guides, interactive exercises, quizzes and mock exams. Explore as many mediums as possible, discarding the ones that you don’t find helpful while utilizing those that help you most. Don’t be alarmed by all the technological advances that have taken place in the classroom, you will soon be as adept at using them as any 18-year old.
Regardless of your age it is important to remember that you are never too old to achieve your goals. If you can dream it, you can do it, as long as you are not afraid of hard work while being willing to make some sacrifices. Don’t waste any more time, find a course you are interested in, fill in the application and embark on a brand new journey of learning and self-improvement.