Continuing your Education as A Mature Student

Whether you’re looking to expand your skills or retrain in a whole new area, you are never too old to start again or learn something new when it comes to your education. Despite the old saying, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” there is nothing stopping you no matter what your age should you wish to pick a new career direction and go back to school. 

But what is the best way for you to go forward when it comes to learning as an adult? There are a few different ways you can continue your education in a way that works for you. 

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Online Courses.

Online courses are becoming the most popular option when it comes to education for adults.. If you aren’t in a position to give up your current employment or you will struggle to get to a physical classroom, then online learning could be an option for you. Perfect for school leavers, mature students, parents or those wishing to add another string to their bow, being able to take the course at your own pace has many benefits.

However, if you are lacking in motivation and willpower, then you may find your schedule derailed somewhat unless you make sure to dedicate some time each day/week/month to studying exclusively.


An internship is one of the best ways to learn on the job and gain practical experience as you learn. There are many different industries but you should choose your internship based on the sector you are hoping to seek employment in. 

With many competitive fields of employment in many different industries, you can be sure to find useful accounting internships, media internships, fashion, design and business to name a few. All you need to decide is which industry suits you and your skills and passions and where you would like your internship to be. For example, you may find some of the best places for your chosen field to be in the bigger cities as this will afford you more opportunities.


If you are wanting to revisit a learning environment, then heading back to college or university could be the perfect thing for you. Whether you deferred your starting date for a year or two or you have taken a few years away from studying, anyone can head back to university should you meet the course entry requirements. This may mean taking an additional course prior to starting the one you want to study to make sure you are at the required level.

With many courses being available to those wishing to restart their education at a later date, you may find you thrive back in the academic environment. You can choose to take on a full or part-time course depending on the area you are planning on studying. There is also the social aspect of learning here too. you are able to meet like minded people and get help and assistance from others learning on the course with you as you progress.


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