“School won’t fit into my schedule.”

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Juggling a schedule is something we all do. Times are changing, classes are now available in the evenings, on Saturdays and even online. Time management is a skill that executives look for when interviewing. UC Reconnect will help you develop your time management skills. They will also work with you to develop a support system of friends and family who will help keep you on track. Once you’ve chosen a school, the admissions counselors at the higher education institution you chose will help to create the schedule that works best for you. There has never been a better time for adults in Tennessee to complete a certificate or degree. Tennessee institutions have a variety of flexible degree options and many are focused on supporting adult learners. Employers are also looking for individuals who can demonstrate concrete skills for their higher paying positions.

“I’m too old to go to school.”

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The majority of college students across the nation are considered ‘non-traditional’ students. Your classroom will be filled with students just like you who have decided to get a degree for a changing workplace. It is important to continue to change and grow as we move through life.

“I work a full-time job, so there’s no way I could go to college, too. “

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More and more employers are encouraging their employees to go back to school. Many offer flexible hours or financial assistance. Check with your company Human Resource officer to see if this is available to you. Evening and online classes are available. Yes, it will be hard to work and go to school but what is it that athletes say, “No pain, no gain”?

“It’s too hard to go to school now that I have kids. “

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Education can become a family activity. Your kids will love sitting down at night and doing homework with you. You will be modeling for them the importance of doing your best and preparing for the future. Let your children see how you value education. Your UC Reconnect counselor can help you work through the challenge of childcare during classes. Often friends or family are more than willing to help out when they see you are pursuing this goal.

“I don’t have time to go to school for four years. “

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There are many awesome jobs that you can get with a certificate, a technical or two-year degree. Others may take longer. But we can’t say it any better than Phillip: “Going back at 31 and wondering how to balance full-time work, a family and studying for school was overwhelming. I thought, ‘To get a four-year degree at this pace, I will be 40 or older before it’s over!’ Someone told me this and it still sticks with me: ‘You’ll turn 40 with or without a degree anyway!” The important thing is to keep your eye on the goal. Graduation will be one of the greatest days of your life!

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