Have you ever heard people say it’s never to late to go back to school? Just this past weekend someone was telling me that their 61-year-old mother had just received her PhD—the saying is true; it is never to late to go back to school. The problem is that if you work full-time or have family commitments, going back to school can seem impossible. So, here are 3 ways to go back to school in your 40’s.
Attend Night and Weekend Classes. This has long been an option of working adults who are neck-deep in their career. You work during the day and attend classes in the evenings and on weekends. This option takes discipline because it will mean that you will spend a lot of time away from home. If you have family obligations, you’ll need to factor in how much time you will need to dedicate to your studies.
Attend School Full-Time. This is likely the hardest option for returning to school in your 40’s. Attending university full-time requires attending classes throughout the week with a very specific schedule. Also, many graduate programs now are condensed, which means you may have a full load of class each day of the week—making it impossible to hold down a job. The good thing about this option is that it is the fastest way to knock out a degree and finish.
Apply for an Online University Program. For most women in their 40’s this is likely going to be the best option because it is the most flexible. Online universities are fully remote and online, so you have the flexibility to complete assignments and write papers when it is most convenient for you. You will still have specific due dates and participation requirements so I don’t want you to get the false impression that it’s so flexible you can participate whenever you want to. I completed my PhD program online and it was so convenient. Honestly, I would not have been able to go back to grad school otherwise because for most of my program I worked full-time and there was just no way I would have been able to attend classes on campus. If you have a family and children that compounds your availability even more.
You’ll need to decide for yourself which option works best for you and your life—the option that is best for one person may not be the best option for another. If you are thinking about going back to school for your Doctorate I recommend your read this blog post first: 6 Things you need to know before applying for a PhD program.
Are you considering going back to school in your 40’s? If so, post below in the comments and share. I’d love to hear from you.