Top 10 Reasons to Go Back to School This Fall

By John Koehler September 3, 2021

With fall around the corner and the world still changing week to week—and, sometimes, even day to day—the future is probably on your mind. But have you thought about your career? Many adults like you will go back to school this coming season to earn an undergraduate or graduate degree and seek career advancement. Maybe it’s time to join them and improve your professional prospectfs even in the face of global uncertainty!

With 100% online degree programs at University of Arkansas Grantham, there’s never been a better time to consider your options, whether you’re a working professional, single parent or active duty military. Here are the top 10 reasons you should head to college this fall and better your future:


1.) Your kids are going back to school, too. Summer break is over, and you’re starting to stock up on your kids’ school supplies for the coming year. Why not join them, entering your own virtual classroom right alongside them or using the time when they’re in school to further your career? With the flexibility of an o­nline program, you can easily align your learning schedule with your kids’ activities.


2.) You’re ready for the next level. Preparing for the next step on the professional ladder is a popular, and important, reason to go back to school. Many of today’s jobs require certain educational credentials, especially if you’re aiming for a management position. With some economic uncertainty on the horizon related to the pandemic, it’s a great time to bolster your résumé.


3.) Your company has a great reimbursement program. Sometimes, employers will offer tuition reimbursement to incentivize workers who want to enroll in college courses. This can show your executive-level mentors you are serious about up-skilling and taking on higher-level roles in the future. But make sure you understand the details of your employer’s reimbursement program before you begin!


4.) Your military career is winding down. If you are currently serving or have served our nation as a member of the Armed Forces, you could qualify for several scholarship programs through the military, and/or UA Grantham’s military aid programs, to cover up to 100% of your tuition and textbooks. No matter what type of work you perform (or performed) as a service member, we can help you translate those skills into college credit and a successful civilian career.


5.) You want to finish what you started. Did you attend school for a while and then stop? If so, you may be able to transfer your credits to a school such as UA Grantham. (With more than 40 online degree and certificate programs for you to choose from, there’s a world of new opportunities to explore.) Many students face unexpected life experiences that result in time away from school. If this describes you, know that it’s never too late to continue your educational journey.


6.) You want to take advantage of online learning. Between your work and family schedule, it can seem impossible to fit anything else into your life. Thankfully, online learning has made education possible for adults who have shifting schedules, children to take care of, careers they can’t put on hold and pandemic-related obstacles to overcome. At UA Grantham, you can make your home a virtual campus, where 100% of your coursework can be completed on your schedule. Also, when you enroll in a degree program, you’ll get a new laptop at no-cost with everything you need to complete your coursework.


7.) You want to prove to yourself you can do it. If you did put off school for a few years, it can be hard to get back into the groove of learning. Don’t get down on yourself if you haven’t completed or even started your degree yet. You’re thinking about pursuing your education at the perfect time for adult learners! And UA Grantham will be there to help you every step of the way, from enrollment and financial aid to graduation and beyond.


8.) You want to stand out. The decision to earn a college degree is very often driven by the need to be rewarded more responsibility, and pursuing a postsecondary education can often help you stand out.  


9.) You want to enter a new career field. Another common reason students go back to school is to create change. Many embark on a career and realize years later it’s not for them. Before online learning, it was more difficult for adults to enter an entirely new industry. But now, there are countless options for a new career path at your fingertips. UA Grantham offers a wide variety of in-demand, career-relevant programs including healthcare, criminal justice, business, engineering technology and more.


10.) You want to improve your interpersonal skills. Being successful takes more than foundational knowledge and a solid work ethic. You also need to know how to connect with others, since human relationships are an important part of every career. By socializing, studying and networking with peers of all ages and walks of life, you can broaden your perspective and sharpen your workplace skills.


Take some time to think about these top 10 reasons you should go back to school this fall to give your future a boost. Then, browse UA Grantham’s 100% online programs to find the best fit for your career goals. If you aren’t sure which path to take, you can chat with a dedicated admissions team member, who will be happy to provide a helping hand.

About the Author

John Koehler
John Koehler is a senior marketing specialist on University of Arkansas Grantham's marketing operations team. John is passionate about enabling education opportunities and a positive experience for prospective students. John holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with a concentration in Marketing from Rockhurst University.
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