You’ve decided to return to college to advance your education and your career.

That’s great news! Congratulations on taking this exciting step to invest in your future. That being said, if you’re like the thousands of other “non-traditional” students, you could use some strategies to figure out how to pursue your education and your career.

1. Finding Time.
If you’re like most other “non-traditional” students, your daily schedule is already full, with little wiggle-room for “extras” like pursuing a degree. You’re busy with your career and trying to work your way up the corporate ladder. Fortunately, there are programs out there—like Belmont Abbey College’s Loughridge Center—that specialize in working with your schedule, helping you find the time to pursue your goals and dreams.

2. Balancing School and Family.
In addition to a busy career, you may very well have a busy family life. You’re in the throws of raising children and nurturing your marriage. There are two things that are important to keep in mind here. First, once again a good “non-traditional” program—like the one at Belmont Abbey College—will work with you to come up with the right schedule for you. That way you’re taking as little time as possible away from your loved ones as you pursue your goals and dream. Secondly, keep in mind that this isn’t just your goal. Your whole family will be supporting you as you strive for the betterment of your situation by pursuing an education. They know that this is temporary, and that life will be better once you’ve earned your degree.

3. The Bottom Line.
It all comes down to money, right? But you don’t just want to know how you’re going to pay for this. After all, nearly every college offers financial aid, scholarships, and grants. You want to know what your ROI is going to be. Consider this, one USA Today article pointed out that, in 2015, college graduates earned 56% more than non-college graduates. In addition, the number of employed college graduates rose by 36%, while the number of employed non-college graduates dropped by 8%. And everything indicates that these trends are continuing. As time goes on, a college degree will not only increase your bottom line, but will also help you remain active in the workforce.

If you’re considering going back to school to pursue your college degree, then choose a college that has an established reputation for quality education and a willingness to work with you as you pursue your goals.

Belmont Abbey College—a Catholic liberal arts college in the Benedictine tradition—is uniquely positioned to help you learn, seek, and thrive, thanks to our world-class professors, flexibility, and convenient distance from Charlotte.

Learn more about Belmont Abbey College’s Loughridge Center for Continuing and Professional Studies by downloading our FREE brochure, and discover how the college in the Benedictine tradition can grow you towards success!

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