Heading Back to School as a Professional (again)

Back To SchoolHere’s my dirty little secret in the work force… I never completed a college degree.  Yep, that’s correct.  I’ve (mostly) enjoyed a 16 year career in the tech sector and I never received a degree.  Not only that, I have actually never taken a computer science course.  I feel very fortunate that I was given the opportunity to “grow up” in my field.  I read a lot of books, asked a lot of questions, and tried to never pass up an opportunity to learn on the job.

Over the last 10 years or so I’ve gone back to school on and off, but never for a degree in my career field.  My thought was that I already have this job.  While I don’t think you should ever stop learning, I don’t have a strong desire to spend my “spare” time studying what I do for a day job.  The degree I’ve pursued has been my personal passion and just a general opportunity to keep my mind sharp (which still benefits my day job).

Over the last few years my little sister has completed her AS and BS as an adult with a busy schedule and has even continued on to start her Masters.  With her as my inspiration (and support!) I made the decision to jump back in to the fray (because really, I needed something else on my plate…) and am starting my BS in Environmental Studies next week!

I’m really excited about the opportunity and all of the things I will learn!  Attending classes, even not immediately relevant ones, wakes up my whole brain and leaves me feeling like I’m functioning on another level.  Will I pursue a new career when I finish?  It’s possible, but it’s not my plan.  For now my end goal is to complete the degree in and of itself.

If you have gone back to school as a professional do you have any tips or tricks to making the work/life/school balance work?  If you could go back to school for any degree today (schedule and finances not withstanding), what would you study?

Image: cc photo by Avolore

3 Responses

  1. Paul R.
    Paul R. 20 August, 2014 at 11:50 pm | | Reply

    I’d study photography.

  2. Dana Harker
    Dana Harker 24 August, 2014 at 7:31 pm | | Reply

    I would study graphic design.

  3. Mary
    Mary 18 September, 2014 at 9:44 pm | | Reply

    I’d get my teaching credential to teach kindergarten, but I’d probably only sub, because I don’t want to deal with awful parents 😉 You’ll do great!

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