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The chances are ... you've now developed the maturity needed
to attain your educational goals
Hear the word student and you immediately think of someone under 25,
right? While that might have been a reasonable assumption once, it's
no longer the case.
The days when you learnt all you needed to know at school then went
on to live your life without ever needing to pick up another textbook
are long gone. In order to keep your skills up to date and advance or
change your career, it's likely you're going to have to periodically
return to the classroom as a mature-age student. This isn't as
daunting as it might initially seem.
1. You are there because you want to be
All too often, younger students embark on an inappropriate course of
study just because they got the marks for it, or their parents are
pressuring them to do it, or simply because they don't have enough
self-knowledge to realise it's not the right path for them. One of the
advantages of having lived a little is you're likely to have worked
out what it is you want to do and be highly motivated when studying to
acquire the necessary skill set to do it.
2. The dog is less likely to eat your homework
Given you've probably had the responsibility of a full-time job,
possibly combined with the demands of raising a family, you almost
certainly have better time-management
skills and more self-discipline than you did as a teenager. This will
stand you in good stead when it comes to meeting the demands of
studying. There's a reason the stereotype of the mature-age student is
of someone who has all their assignments handed in by the second week
of term and has read more about the subject than the lecturer.
3. You can see the payoff
While younger students have a somewhat abstract notion that they need
to study to get a good job, you're likely to have a much deeper
understanding of how what you're being taught can be applied in the
real world and how valuable the skills you are learning will be in
either developing your existing career or creating a new one.
The upsides of being a mature-age student at somewhere like TAFE NSW can largely be
boiled down to one thing: possessing life experience. As a (hopefully)
mature adult, the chances are that you've now developed the maturity
needed to attain your educational goals.