It’s Never too Late to Educate – Education and Retraining Tips

August 20, 2015

10:00 pm

Life can be quite unpredictable and sometimes family and work come before anything else. On the other hand, we can all name some skills and knowledge that we feel sorry to have missed, and that can haunt us with each passing day. But, education is a life-lasting project so it’s not like you are expelled from the academic world past a certain age. Despite what many people claim, it’s never too late to educate yourself. So, don’t hesitate to pick up your phone or send that crucial email.

Only you

With the economic uncertainty that surrounds us, adult education is becoming more and more popular. You can choose to study full-time, part-time, or at your own pace. Learn a new language, acquire new professional qualifications, and get a degree you always dreamed of. Think that’s impossible? Well, think again.

Yes, the learning process involves some brain-busting long hours, but it’s well worth it. Adult education equips you with the necessary skills to become competitive in the market again and to improve the quality of your life. Many companies also like to see their workers going back to college and investing in themselves.


Hence, never tell yourself things like: “If only I was a bit younger”. You are in charge of your own life and have a final say in important decisions. Even if you are to be the oldest person in a classroom, look on the bright side. You can learn a lot from your younger colleagues, not just from your professors and lecturers.

Tight schedule

Having said all that, you should be aware that some sacrifices need to be made. Having less time for your family or a favorite hobby is something you need to cope with. But, the chances are, you have some TV hours that you can turn into quality learning hours. You might have to manage your time more effectively, but that is a nice skill to acquire regardless of the purpose.

Even if you have a full time job or children, you can take advantage of online learning resources or flexible programs for adults. Online education is in the spotlight today indeed, as it offers great flexibility for those with a busy schedule. There is a myriad of web courses, lectures, tutorials and other resources, some of which come from the most prestigious universities.

Even if you already have a university degree another one can’t hurt. In fact, it can make a real difference. So, go ahead, give your career a boost, and improve your chances of gaining recognition and fortune. Education can lay the groundwork for any future endeavor, and helps you stay sharp.


Getting an ICT degree, for example, can be of great help career wise in the high tech world of today. Staying up-to-date with new tech solutions is crucial in any case, because most of the modern jobs require some computer skills.

Some great resources for gaining late education and/or retraining are: EDCC, SeatleCentral, CharterCollege (NA), GetIntoTeachin (UK), UpSkilled (AU).

Late education, retraining and courseware are a great way, amongst other things, for boosting your CV and foremost your expertise.

A piece of cake

The early bird catches the worm, but night owls have many other spoils. Create new life opportunities and pay no heed to those saying you are wasting your time or money. The only way to waste those is sitting idle and regretting for not doing something.

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Marcus Jensen is an IT professional. He is an Editor-in-Chief of, and writes about technology, business and marketing.

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