Have you thought about going back to school, but not sure where to start? You’re not alone. An estimated 700,000 to one million Wisconsin adults have college credits but no degree. Others never attended college but now find they need a degree to change careers or advance in the workplace.

In either scenario, returning to school as an adult student after a stretch of 10, 15 or 20 years can be stressful, and many people are afraid to fail. As a career counselor, I talk to hundreds of people like you every year. Here are some useful tips to help you through the process:

1. Talk to an adviser.

Make an appointment before you even apply. Colleges and universities have professional advisers who can help you understand your educational options and the process, including what you need to do and when.

2. Plan ahead for life as an adult student.

Don’t wait until your classes start to plan your time, make childcare arrangements and determine transportation plans. When will you study in addition to your other responsibilities? What activities will you forgo while you’re a student? Who can you ask for help? Make sure you have back-up plans for everything.

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