Student doing homework on laptopWith fall around the corner, you may be daydreaming about cozy sweaters and football … but have you thought about your career? Many adults like you will go back to school this coming season to earn their undergraduate or graduate degree and seek career advancement. Maybe it’s time to join them!

With 100% online programs at Grantham University, 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. Finally, you’ll have some time for yourself! Why not use it to further your education and career? With 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.

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 advancing your skills and taking on higher-level roles in the future. But make sure you understand the details of your employer’s reimbursement program!

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 Grantham’s military programs, to cover 100 percent 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 Grantham. (With its more than 50 degree and certificate programs, there’s a world of new opportunities.) 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. People, no matter their age or lifestyle, are busier than ever. 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 and careers they can’t put on hold. At Grantham, you can make your home a virtual campus, where 100 percent of your coursework can be completed on your schedule.

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 Grantham University will be there to help you every step of the way, from enrollment and financial aid to graduation and beyond.

8.) You want to make more money. Who doesn’t? The decision to earn a college degree is very often driven by the need to make more money. In 2017, reported that the pay gap between degree holders and non-degree holders has never been greater. The article also included data from the Economic Policy Center that showed degree holders earned 56 percent more income on average in 2015 alone.

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. Grantham offers a wide variety of in-demand, career-relevant programs including nursing and 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 Grantham University’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.