Don’t Sell Yourself Short


By Manda Perkins Published on November 18, 2016

In a competitive global economy, it’s easy to sell yourself short. Without an education, you may feel you are falling behind the competition for jobs, and possibly finding yourself with a lower standard of living. However, there are a few ways to realize a more promising future for yourself and your family, and going back to school is one of them.

It’s becoming increasingly common for people in the United States to go back to college after taking a few years off. In 2009, over 40 percent of college students were over the age of 25, and that number is anticipated to increase to 43 percent by 2020.

How settling for less may impact your life

There may be nothing worse than feeling like you are settling in life. This mindset can have a large impact on overall mental and emotional health. Entrepreneur contributor Peter Voogd offers this list of reasons why selling yourself short is detrimental:

  • Settling now, by not getting an education, or not following your career aspirations, could result in feelings of regret later in life. Regret causes people to only dwell on their failures and missed opportunities, rather than notice the positive things.
  • Lack of Creativity. Those who feel they’ve settled often have diminished creativity because they are trying to live up to set expectations. Their imagination and innovation is stifled when they don’t feel they can truly be themselves.
  • Fewer Experiences. If you feel you’ve settled now, it’s likely you will expect less of yourself in the future. You may decide not to try new things, like interviewing for that dream job, simply because you feel you can’t.
  • Strained Relationships. Feeling bad about ourselves can result in personal frustrations that often affect those closest to us: family and friends. Those who’ve settled with less than they are capable of often complain about their circumstances, and that can put strain on relationships.

How going back to school may enrich your life

The good news is that you don’t have to settle! If you feel that a lack of education is keeping you from achieving your career or personal goals, it isn’t too late to go back to school. Doing so may enrich your life by helping you to:

  • Be Qualified. Furthering your education may give you a leg-up in your desired career field. It may also expose you to other areas of study while you specialize in one specific area.
  • Earn More Money. In today’s marketplace, professional opportunities may be limited for those without a college degree or certification. It may also be easier for someone with a college degree to find a well-paying job.1
  • Learn from Experts. College courses give you the opportunity to learn from professionals who are highly skilled in their area of interest. This firsthand knowledge is a great resource and learning tool for students of any age.
  • Start a Tradition. By going back to school, students have the chance to start a new tradition for their families. According to a study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 85 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds who attend college came from a household where at least one person had a bachelor’s degree.

California College San Diego can help

Convinced  there are opportunities for you? At California College San Diego, we want students to realize their full potential, and we take pride in helping them along their educational journey. We recognize that going back to school after time away from the books is a daunting decision, but our staff is dedicated to helping each of our students find the right program to meet their interests and talents.

At CCSD, we recognize our job isn’t done when you turn your tassel at graduation. Not only are we dedicated to helping each of our students find the right program to meet their interests and talents, we are our students’ biggest supporters as they begin looking for a career in their field. Our Career Services team will work with you one-on-one to help you find a rewarding job.2 Even after graduation, these services are available at no additional cost.

Are you ready to take the next step? Visit our website or call 888-773-8591 for more information.

 

SOURCES:

The Tragedy of Selling Yourself Short, Entrepreneur

51 Reasons Why You Should Go Back to College, CollegeTransfer.Net

 

 

1The amount of increased earnings varies by field and degree.

2The college does not guarantee a job. Gaining employment is the graduate’s responsibility.