Sometimes things get in the way of finishing your bachelor’s degree—plans change, life gets challenging, and you’re forced to put it on hold. If that describes your situation, you’re not alone! More than 36 million Americans have some college education without holding a degree. If you’re among them, you might be wondering if it’s even worth it to go back and finish your degree.
In considering whether to go back to school, it’s important to step back from the situation and assess your goals, both personally and financially. Maybe you want to advance in your current career. Maybe you want to branch into another field. Maybe you just want to prove to yourself that you can do it. If any of these align with your goals, then getting a bachelor’s degree is probably worth it in the long run. Here’s why:
- Increased earning potential
In today’s workforce, many people have bachelor’s degrees. In some situations, not having a degree might be the one thing that sets you apart from others with a similar amount of experience. You might have experienced this firsthand already.
Did you know that those with bachelor’s degrees have median annual earnings that are more than 50 percent higher than those who have some college with no degree? That’s a number that will add up quickly over the years. With a bachelor’s degree, you’ll be positioned for career advancement and sustained financial success.
- Expanded opportunity
At Trevecca, we offer a variety of degree completion programs. You can choose from degrees in business, Christian ministry, criminal justice, health care administration, management and leadership, and psychology. That means you get to decide what skill set you want to cultivate. If a program matches your current career, you have the opportunity to grow, or you can develop a whole new set of skills if you’d like something else better.
Employers are often looking for dynamic people who can bring multiple areas of proficiency to the table. Gaining new expertise and applying it to your career can really bolster your resumé. You might also find that you really enjoy learning. If you have a bachelor’s degree, a master’s or doctoral degree is within reach, and at that level, a world of added opportunity could be opened to you.
- Personal growth
Completing a bachelor’s degree, especially as an adult, is no small feat. You likely have a variety of obligations that require your attention, and adding school to the pile is a big deal. Earning your degree will require hard work. But sometimes that’s the point; there’s nothing like the sense of accomplishment and fulfillment that comes with reaching an ambitious goal.
Your instructors, administrators and fellow students at Trevecca want to see you succeed. That’s why we’ve designed our programs for individuals with full schedules, busy lives and family commitments. You can take our fully online, six-week classes one at a time in a cohort model that is designed to foster community and relationships. We want to stretch our students to learn and grow, while making education as accessible as possible.
It’s true—you will have to work hard to finish what you started. But at the end of the day, you can walk across the stage with proof that you achieved what you set out to do. Don’t let that opportunity pass you by.