The following is an excerpt from an article I wrote for Ashford University’s “Forward Thinking” blog. It’s about conquering your anxieties as an adult learner and embracing the idea of returning to school for a degree.
Not everyone has a plan. Not everyone can say where they want to be in five, 10, or 20 years; and those that can, might not have a clue how to get there.
Sometimes you just take life one day at a time. You graduated from college, got a job in your field, and every day after that you worked to move up the ladder, confident that you were absorbing all of the knowledge you needed to make it in this world.
Then may come the day when it all stops. You’ve gotten as far as your degree will take you at your company. Or you’ve reached a crossroad and realize you want something different from your job. Compounding your anxiety over your stalled momentum is the realization that you don’t have what it takes to cross that career chasm. That’s when you reach the conclusion that it’s time to go back to school and embrace adult education.