September is a time when many young people go back to school. Formal education is often associated with young individuals, however, the idea of returning to school later in life is becoming increasingly popular, especially among people over 50.
Research proves that when it comes to learning, there’s no age limit. Embracing the opportunity to further your education at this stage in life can bring numerous benefits and open up exciting possibilities for personal growth and career development. In this newsletter, we will explore why going back to school after 50 can be a wise choice and how it can positively impact your life.
“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and only cease at death.” — Albert Einstein
1. Keeps your Mind Sharp: As we age, we must keep our minds engaged and active. Going back to school allows you to challenge yourself intellectually, learn new skills, and explore different subjects. Engaging in regular mental exercises through studying or coursework can significantly enhance cognitive function and help prevent age-related mental decline.
2. Career Advancement and Job Opportunities: In today’s rapidly evolving job market, continuous learning is essential to stay competitive. Returning to school after 50 can equip you with updated knowledge and skills, making you a valuable asset to employers. It also demonstrates your willingness to adapt and grow, which employers often look for when promoting or hiring individuals for leadership positions.
3. Pursue Your Passion: Many people prioritize their careers and family when they are younger, sometimes putting personal interests and passions on hold. Going back to school offers the chance to explore subjects that have always intrigued you. Whether history, art, technology, or any other field, you can delve into your passions and find fulfillment through learning.
4. Set a Positive Example: By going back to school in your 50s, you can inspire others around you, including your children, grandchildren, and friends. Demonstrating your commitment to personal growth and education sets a powerful example of lifelong learning, motivating others to pursue their dreams regardless of age.
5. Stay Relevant: In today’s digital world, we’re all expected to use the internet for everything from e-finance to telehealth. dern society, digital literacy has evolved exponentially — from an option into a need. This means that technological skills are essential to maintaining digital literacy as you age. Returning to school provides an opportunity to stay updated with the latest technological advancements, making you more adaptable and digitally literate. This can be especially valuable in today’s digital age, where technology touches almost every aspect of life.
1. Enroll in continuing education: Many schools and universities offer continuing education tailored to adult learners covering a wide range of subjects and designed to accommodate busy schedules. Whether it’s a new language, art, technology, or history, there’s likely a course that aligns with your interests.
2. Explore online Learning or educational apps: Embrace the convenience of online learning platforms like Coursera, Udemy, or Khan Academy which offer a vast array of courses, lectures, and tutorials on every topic imaginable. You can learn at your own pace and from the comfort of your home.
3. Attend workshops and seminars: Look out for local workshops, seminars, and community events that focus on topics you’re interested in. These events often provide valuable insights and opportunities to connect with like-minded individuals.
4. Volunteer and learn: Get involved in community organizations or volunteer opportunities that align with your interests. Volunteering can be a fantastic way to learn new skills while making a positive impact on the community and fueling the legacy you wish to leave.
5. Mentor others: Sharing your knowledge and experiences with others can be a rewarding learning experience. Mentoring younger individuals or less experienced colleagues allows you to reinforce your knowledge while contributing to someone else’s growth.
Age should never be a barrier to learning and personal growth. Going back to school or continuously learning after 50 is a decision that can significantly impact your life positively. From expanding your knowledge to pursuing your passions, and boosting your job prospects and longevity, the benefits of education in your later years are immeasurable.
By embracing a curious mindset and being open to new ideas, perspectives, and opportunities to learn from people with different backgrounds and experiences, you will unlock a world of possibilities to enrich your life and shape a fulfilling future!
“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” — Oscar Wilde
If you want to learn more about your “intellectual dimension,” how it affects longevity, and what you can do about it, read our book “Wake-Up, Shake-Up, Thrive! How to Lift Up Your Life in your 50’s and Beyond.”
And… like we always say… don’t grow old waiting!
Ellen & Dominique