Solutions to Common Problems Faced by Adult Learners

Solutions to Common Problems Faced by Adult Learners

Adult students mostly do not have the luxury of attending college on a full time basis because of their work and family obligations. They often experience problems which, if not addressed, can lead to neglect of their educational goals. There are several things they can do to help overcome the typical problems that arise.

– Start with a course that is not too demanding.

Tend to be some challenging courses that must be completed by students; however, there is rarely a requirement that this must be first studied. Therefore, start with the less challenging ones that you find more fun in the beginning to build confidence. This helps familiarize yourself with the campus atmosphere and of course the demands of working again.

– Create a learning calendar.

Breakdown of exam dates and due dates on special calendars helps avoid rushed assignments at the last minute or cram session. Proper preparation leads to good grades, while inadequate planning causes failure.

– Let employers know about the course.

This action is important in cases of conflicts that arise between study and daily work. In addition, employers often offer assistance with tuition fees that can provide much-needed financial support.

– Make sure internet access is available.

Studying today depends on the internet and e-mail communication. The ability to access library databases and complete online research is fundamental to success. Also, electronic access eliminates the requirement of spending long hours working on campus; You can learn from home.

– Consider completing all online courses.

This approach is not the best for everyone; however, most educational institutions offer the option to complete the entire degree program without the need to visit their campus at all. Those who are interested in this must ensure that they have the drive and willingness to motivate themselves before enrolling in the program.…

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Some Tips for Career Advancement

Some Tips for Career Advancement

You have to truly love what you are doing to find true success at it. If you are bored with what you do too quickly and tend to move on to the next thing, you have not quite made it to your chosen career. Continuing to get an education and learning as much as you can while you work will eventually help you narrow down what you really want to do. This is the job that you will have as you go through your life. What is it that you do the best? What is it you want to learn, the thing that will give you a successful, satisfying and profitable career? Think deeply before you make your decision. There are plenty of things to do and the options are open to you. If you are in the middle of your career, and you know you want to continue with this field, you should work hard for the promotions that come with experience and education. If you wake up unhappy and are miserable at work, you should be thinking about a career change.

Changing Career

Even if you change your career in the middle of your life, chances are the education and experience you got in your previous trade will benefit you in ways you did not think were possible in another career. No matter what kind of education you get, you will learn more of the basics and you will always retain the knowledge you got. If you decide to change careers or alter the one you are in, going back to school and getting further education is always a good idea. The more you know about your chosen field, the better off you and your clientele will be. You can put all the extra knowledge and education into forming the perfect career for yourself.

Planning to Open your Own Business

The experience and training you get at a job will pay off if you are planning to open your own business at some point in the future. Things in the real world do not just happen overnight. More often than not, it is the time and effort that is put in that brings success.

If you are aware of a real need for a certain field in your location and you happen to be educated or interested in becoming educated in that particular industry, that is a good opportunity to change your current circumstances and advance your career in a different area. Whatever you choose to do, make sure that you are highly qualified and skilled at the job and that it is something you will be happy doing many years from now.…

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Are YOU Stifling Your Own Career? No 3 - The Lure of Qualifications

Are YOU Stifling Your Own Career? No 3 – The Lure of Qualifications

From the day of your birth you have been nurtured, cared for and steered by others in the direction that will hopefully meet the challenge of a preparation for life and self-responsibility. Your parents and the education system have been the main parties in this endeavour. And a large part of their goal must have been to prepare you for the work-place. So… what to do?

“TRY TO BECOME NOT A MAN OF SUCCESS BUT RATHER A MAN OF VALUE”… Albert Einstein

If we go back 50 years when less than 5% of kids went to University, the impact of further education was far greater than today. A degree was regarded as a passport to a career and meant, almost without exception, that you would never be unemployed. You would be placed on a pedestal by employers, given the opportunities in the work-place to which others were not entitled and thus your place in more senior positions was, with a little effort and training, assured.

Compare that with today, when upwards of 40% of students go on to a form of further education (FE). The odds of you making waves in a career on the back of a degree (for the graduate of any University or College) are dropping like a stone. The numbers are simply against it. Soon it will be the exception rather than the rule not to have a degree.

The passport, then, is no longer  why bother? struggle through a course, the examination system, the stress and the strain of further education?

The answers to this most important and vexing of questions is found in a blunt and self-effacing scrutiny of exactly the purpose of further education for you personally. Let’s examine the mains possible reasons:-

a) Any degree is still a “bottle-top” that half of the competition won’t possess. It’s discipline for the mind.

b) I just love the subject and want to go into the academic world thereafter.

c) It gives me time to research and think about what I want to do for a career.

d) It’s a means to an  chosen career requires a degree in anything just to get to the bottom of the ladder.

e) I’m swept along by a tide of advice from peers, teachers and parents pointing me in that direction…I guess it must be for the best.

f) The employment markets are very dull in a recession and I won’t find a job right now.

Railed against this are the following that are deserving of similar scrutiny:-

a) Surely I can make more progress in a real world job actually learning work-relevant lessons and skills that are in demand by employers. Proof of intelligence is no longer evidenced through a degree, anyway.

b) Further education is, essentially, a growing-up process that I can do better without excessive socializing and especially drinking.

c) I want to earn money right away rather than wait for three/four years of penury.

d) I just don’t have the assets and am not …

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