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Returning to school to upskill, finish that degree or embark in a new field of study is always a positive move. But is it really right for you?

Investing in your education should always be encouraged, and celebrated. Considering the competition for jobs and educational level of graduates entering the market, many of us feel under pressure to go back to school to stay in the game. But is it really right for you?

If you are considering the move back into education, ask yourself why. Do you just want to have a qualification or are you really interested in the field of study? Will it really benefit your career? Motivation is important to completing your studies so you need to stay focused on the end-goal. You need to identify what you hope to accomplish with your new qualification, such as a career move or promotion.

Undertaking a course consumes a lot of time, money and effort. You want to enjoy the fruits of your hard labour once complete, using your new knowledge and expertise in your everyday life.

Can you really afford to pay the course fees, and other related costs? If it will benefit your current role, it is worth asking your employers if they will contribute financially and or receive a higher salary upon successful completion.

However, some employers may add some stipulations such as payment upon leaving the company after a set period of time.

Do you really have the time to invest in a college course? As well as classes, you may have to do assignments, projects and exams. To succeed, you need to remain committed and dedicate a lot of time to it. Be realistic of what you can really achieve.

Before you do any college work, it is just as important to do your research on your potential course!