As an adult learner who is probably employed right now, you will want to look into furthering your personal and professional development. This means going back to school and/or participating in a training program (whichever seems more appropriate for your needs and occupation.) But just how does one go about career training and career education?
Your first option could be to develop your own self-directed learning program that will accommodate your schedule, learning style and interests. You may rely on How To and Tutorial resource websites on the Internet for this, as one distance learning option.
Many people start work right away and do not finish high school. If so, you should think about securing a high school diploma or GED credential.
Other people may have finished high school but did not go on to get their college or university degree. You are not alone in this, there are many adult learners who faced difficulties in going back to school but overcame the odds to get their degree. You could be one of them too someday.
Before anything else, you must first determine your learning needs, create learning goals, find learning resources and strategies, and assess the possible outcome of your efforts.
Finishing High School
It is imperative that you choose to get your high school diploma or opt for its equivalency if you have not received these yet. The economic prospects for people who drop out of high school is less bright compared to those who do have a high school diploma.
Should you simply lack a few credits, you could enroll for courses via distance education, regular classroom study, or co-enrollment to be credited to both high school and college units.
Distance education is great for those students who need to work independently (due to work and family responsibilities perhaps). It allows them to study at their own pace and relying on their own schedule. Various kinds of distance education options abound such as web-based classes, telecourses and correspondence courses.
Regular classroom study allows students to participate in face-to-face sessions with classmates and teachers. An insightful adult educator will acknowledge the work and life experience of adult learners and encourage their interaction in the classroom. Classes on weekends and evenings are now offered which may prove more convenient for adult students.
Co-enrollment for credit to high school and college studies is apt for those students who want to finish high school and college fast, believe in their capacity for hard work, and are talented enough to meet the challenge. This option permits adult learners to study college level courses to meet high school requirements, thus earning credits for both high school and college at the same time.
Completing College or University Degrees
If you value education and want to go back to college or university to earn your degree, you may also pursue the distance education route. However, if you want your degree to be acknowledged by your employer, you need to select a school which carries the right regional accreditation. You must also select a program that is apt for your current occupation (or future occupation if you are planning on a career change.)
Think of it this way: you want a career that you can be proud of. So you need to incorporate the two steps mentioned into your career planning efforts. If you are working full-time, distance learning is the way to go.
You may be asking yourself if your degree from a distance education institution will be considered equivalent to a degree earned from a traditional college or university. This will depend on which distance learning school you attend.
You should opt, as much as possible, for an online college degree program connected to a traditional, regionally accredited college or university. Should you attend such a school, most probably the degree you earn will be the equivalent as that earned via a traditional, classroom-type of setting.