Why Adults Return to College Term Paper by Nicky

Why Adults Return to College
A look at the reasons behind adults' return to college later on in life.
# 149088 | 963 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 24, 2011 in Education (Higher) , Education (Adult Education)

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The paper discusses the foremost reason for adults' return to college; the quest to land a better-paying job. The paper also discusses the adults who never had the opportunity of going to college and getting a degree because they entered the workforce immediately after graduation, as well as those adults who are dissatisfied with a course they were forced to take earlier and so later in life they choose a course more to their liking.

From the Paper:

"Aside from being able to land a better-paying job, people return to college later in life for other reasons as well. There is the need for professional growth and career advancement. Some companies require their long time employees to not have only the requisite experience, skills and training to do the job or get promoted to the next higher level but continuing education too. For instance, there are companies requiring individuals slated for promotion to supervisory or management level to have a Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA) or any master's degree specifically related to the core competency of the to-be promoted employee. This just makes sense considering that getting a post-graduate degree will ensure that the to-be promoted individual has not only the experience, skills and training to get the job done at the next higher level but also has a current academic degree to complement the other previously mentioned factors.
"In another aspect, there are adults also that never had the opportunity of going to college and getting a degree because they entered the workforce immediately after graduation. Take the case of a person Kimberley Ripley wrote about in her article Returning Adult College Student (2002): "Colleen Emery, a 38-year old Portsmouth, New Hampshire woman, started college a year ago. She is studying to be a Veterinary Technician at New Hampshire Community Technical College. Never having considered college an option when graduating from high school, she instead immediately entered the work force, and remained there in various entry-level positions.""

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Education Society. Statistics for Colleges and Universities Offering Degrees. 2009. 21 June 2009. <http://www.educatesociety.com/college_university_statistics.htm>.
  • Newman, Anne. "Recession Reality: Moms Returning to College." BusinessWeek. 30 Jan. 2009. 21 June 2009. <http://www.businessweek.com/careers/workingparents/blog/archives/2009/01/recession_reali.html>.
  • Ripley, Kimberley. "Returning Adult College Student." eSsortment. 2002. 21 June 2009. <http://www.essortment.com/all/returningadult_rmkk.htm>.
  • WD Communications LLC. Going Back to College: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). 2009. 21 June 2009. <http://www.back2college.com/library/faq.htm>.

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