Are you considering changing careers? Going back to school after you’ve been in the workforce can be challenging, but it’s not impossible! In fact, it is more than possible with the right fit and the right support. Here are some tips to guide you in returning to school to pursue a new career path.
Make sure you know why you want to change careers.
Changing careers is a big step and needs to be thoroughly researched and thought through. This could change your future, so you want to make sure your mind is set on the end goal. Have a clear motivation in mind that will push you to see this through to the end. It will take a lot of perseverance to get a new degree and change career paths, but if you know why you want to do it and have thought about all the possible outcomes, it will be worth it.
Don’t let yourself get discouraged.
It is good to be realistic with your expectations of what’s ahead, but don’t let those expectations discourage you. Keep in mind that you are going back to school to learn a new set of skills and practices surrounding an entirely new industry. You are not in over your head. You may feel a little lost at first — but who wouldn’t? You are building a bank of knowledge that will bridge a path to a new career. Encourage yourself to enjoy this learning experience instead of fearing it, and you will succeed in your higher education.
You are going to want to hit the ground running when classes start, so plan ahead! Do research prior to your first day so you know what to expect. Oftentimes, your professor will post the class syllabus online the week before classes start. Also, make sure you get any necessary textbooks or supplies in advance. You may even be able to start on your first homework assignments and readings if they are posted prior to your first day. Working and planning ahead will give you peace of mind and preparation before you begin classes. This can have a domino effect that helps you stay on top of everything for the remainder of the course. When it comes to coursework and preparation, you can never start too early!
We hope you will be able to use these tips to your benefit when returning to college to change career paths. With the proper motivation and preparation, you will succeed in your transition to the career of your choosing. If you have any questions about South College and the courses we offer, please visit our course catalog or call us at (865) 251-1800. We would love to speak with you and answer any questions. Good luck!