Even when you know returning to school can help you launch a rewarding career or advance in your current one, it never seems like the perfect time. Life happens, and you get busy with family and work responsibilities or worry it’s too expensive.
You're not alone if you didn’t go straight to college or a certification program immediately after high school. In fact, most post-secondary students are over the age of 25, so if you go back to school as an adult learner, you’ll be in good company.
However, there’s never been a better time to continue your education. Here are the top three reasons it's never too late to go back to school.
The healthcare and tech industries offer well-paid and highly sought-after careers. By 2030, there will be 10 million unfilled jobs in healthcare. You can get certified in a clinical healthcare position, such as a phlebotomy technician, where you interact with patients and perform hands-on procedures. Or you can train for an administrative healthcare career, such as a medical billing specialist, where you can still make a difference but won’t work in a clinical capacity.
Despite what you may have heard about the layoffs at tech giants like Twitter and Meta, there’s a serious shortage of tech workers. Almost 80% of employers have difficulty finding enough employees to fill their open tech positions. Training in the IT field can set you up for a long-term, rewarding career, no matter what your interests are.
Virtual and flex learning programs let you study on your own time. With modern technology, you can learn through 3-D animations, virtual scenarios and interactive games. You’re not tied to a classroom and can do your assignments when it’s convenient for you.
However, you’re not on your own just because you’re learning from home. Good programs provide help and support while you’re in school and during your job search. Look for a program like MedCerts that offers one-on-one student support and career help with opportunities for internships, externships and apprenticeships.
You have a busy life and may not have years to set aside for career training. Fortunately, you don’t have to. Many allied health careers and IT positions only require certificates or credentials. A short-term training program can get you started in your new career fast.
There’s no age limit for federal grants like the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The Department of Labor and the Department of Education created the WIOA to help people who are having a hard time finding high-quality jobs. If you qualify for this grant, you can use the funds to get industry-recognized credentials for in-demand careers. These funds are distributed through American Job Centers. You can find out if you’re eligible here.
There’s no time like the present to start building a better future. MedCerts can help you get the credentials you need for a better career in the IT or healthcare field. We’re with you every step of the way, from choosing the best career path to job placement support after you finish.
As MedCerts National Director of Workforce Development, Jennifer Kolb is responsible for overseeing strategy and business development efforts at MedCerts with an emphasis on the k-career pipeline.
Prior to MedCerts, Jennifer served in several leadership positions at Tallo and Hawkes Learning where she built and lead sales and marketing, new product launches, technology development updates and an entire product relaunch to be ADA compliant.
Jennifer has spent a decade within the workforce industry working with educators, state leaders, business and industry officials, post-secondary institutions and grant organizations from across the country, all with the mission of bettering people's lives. Coming from a long line of educators and with a business-centered mindset, Jen is passionate about student success and cultivating creative strategies for ensuring all talent has access to educational and career-related opportunities.
Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing and Psychology with a focus in business management from Clemson University.