Older Adults and Higher Education. Going Back to School as Adults: Please read our guidelines for more information. It puts the early retirees in a difficult situation, forcing them to confront a reality they never expected. The findings are courtesy of Northeastern Universityreleased in an infographic examining the trend toward adult college education in the U. Numerous athletesincluding Ben Roethlisberger, Brandon Jacobs, Emmitt Smith, Leon Lett and Troy Polamalu have returned to school after retiring from professional sports to finish their education. It is this particular conundrum that often forces older adults to attend college and boost their marketability.
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Two specific items stand out in the study: Finishing a college education provides enormous satisfaction. For those holding graduate degrees, average earnings in were 35 percent higher than those with bachelor's degrees. Typically, after years of service, they are able to retire with a full pension. Western culture is increasingly pushing the idea of finding your passion, which is starkly different than the "graduate and get a practical degree" message of the 's's. The freshman fifteen, where kids away from home for the first time put on 15 pounds from eating cafeteria food? More Skills Needed As our economy becomes increasingly global, more workers are finding their skills sorely outdated.