When you consider how many options are available to you today, it’s never been a better time to take classes as an adult. After I graduated from college, I've taken classes at a community college, taken free courses online, earned professional certifications, and done a lot of studying on my own. Along the way, I've learned a lot about how and why I learn, and it has caused me re-think some of my core beliefs about of education. Here's what I see as the pros and cons of the different ways you can go back to school as an adult.
If you are one of these hardworking people who mostly aced their academic career, seeing someone in your peer group advance ahead of you can be unnerving. Even if you’re happy for the other person, it still feels like losing, and losing sucks at any age. About a year into my first job out of college at a consulting firm with a couple of thousand employees, I thought I was doing great. My manager thought my work was good, I was getting the hang of our business, and in my head I was at the top of my group. Then one day I found out that “Michael” (not his real name), another analyst in the group I started with, had been promoted.