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Back to College

BACK TO COLLEGE AS A MATURE STUDENT

 

In September of 2014, I was made redundant, at the age of 45. I didn’t want to apply for another position in the same sector …. I needed a new challenge. So in order to change my career path, I needed to re-educate myself and up-skill.

Digital Marketing seems to be the one area that hasn’t suffered through the recent recession. If anything it has exploded!

I had been dipping my toe into the digital marketing pool over the past few years, reading and researching the areas I needed to understand in order to be able offer this service to clients.

In order for me to set up a Digital Marketing Consultancy business, I needed to obtain the correct qualifications. After some research I decided to enrol on a Post Graduate Diploma with the Digital Marketing Institute (DMI). Having been out of school/college for nearly 25 years, it was quite daunting and I feared the idea going back to study.  I was quite apprehensive on the first night, but so were a lot of other people, which I found out later.

The point I am trying to make is, it is never too late to start over again. 20 years ago you left school and if you were lucky you went on to college, or went out and got a job, which you may not have liked but paid a wage.  Things are so different today. People can choose what type of career they want to excel in and with so many ways to learn new skills the opportunities are endless.

I have sat through nearly 20 lectures since I started my Diploma and have learned so much in such a short period of time and have met so many like minded (dare i say it) mature students. You are surround by people who both want to change career or up-skill and share their experiences and help each other.  This makes it a lot easier to relax and enjoy the course as well.

This was definitely the best decision I have made in the last few years. So in conclusion, if you are thinking of going back to college or changing your career. Don’t be afraid too, it is a lot easier than you think!!

The Mature Student.

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