May 22 2020

Returning To Your Field Of Study Later In Life

Cindy Cummings

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Almost  50% of college graduates find themselves getting a job that isn’t related to their field of study. Sometimes they have obtained a degree in a niche field where opportunities are limited. Often it’s because it is simply necessary to find a job and  get on the career ladder. Many graduates, however, find themselves wanting to return to their field of original study later in life so that they can finally work within the industry that they're passionate about. If this sounds like you, then it is worth considering taking a few initial stepping stones to help you on your path to success. 

Refresh your studies

Refreshing your knowledge of your degree subject is essential if you want to return to the field. It may have been  twenty years since you graduated, and although the principals of your chosen subject might be the same, there may have been big advances in technology and research. It is worth taking a refresher course at a local college or online. Some of the  best online associate's degrees allow you today study at your own pace, so that you can fit your work around other commitments, such as work and family. 
Write a competence-based resume
If you have been working in a different field to the one you obtained your degree in, you may be concerned that your experience isn’t relevant if you're looking to change career. This is actually far from the truth - many of the skills that you have gained over the years are transferable, no matter what industry you work in.  Writing a competence-based resume will help you to demonstrate this to future employers. Ultimately you are looking to show that you are good at solving problems, work well to deadlines, communicate well with others and always work to the best of your ability. 
Don’t be afraid to volunteer
If you want to find your way back to your original degree path, then  taking a volunteer role or an internship will help you gain some valuable experience. This will also show an employer that you are dedicated and not afraid of change. Even a few hours a week can help you refresh your knowledge and understand the working industry better. 
Even if it has been many years since you graduated, it is still possible to return to your degree subject later in life. Refresh your knowledge, write your resume and start looking for opportunities.