(Closed) Taking time off from school to work. Is it going to be hard to go back?

posted 8 years ago in Career
Post # 3
7638 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I graduated and was working in my early 20s. Eventually I met my husband, got married, had kids, was a Stay-At-Home Mom for 10 years, then went back to work. I have now taken up part time study (hopefully eventually to a PhD) in my 40s. My grades have been better than my first time round over 20 years before. I think it is because I am more mature, and I have organised myself better; even though I have less time available.

So if I can do it after 20 years, I’m sure most people can do it after 1 or 2! Yes it is possible. I figure that if you’re capable, you don’t lose that capability.

Post # 4
1471 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I went back after stepping out for 4 1/2 years (undergrad then a break then postgrad). It was a challenge, but I’m surviving… The thing I found helpful was keeping up with it in my own time – I never stopped reading textbooks, articles, having professional discussions and working in the field.

Post # 5
1618 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Yes, it’s hard.  I left school at 19 intending to come back the next semester and I didn’t return for 9 years.  Once my life got started – work, bills, stuff – and I got into a certain routine, it was hard to shake that up.  I’m in school now, full time in the evenings and working it around my job schedule.  It’s hard, but after 9 years I feel like I just gotta suck it up and get it done. 

Post # 6
3092 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Not exactly the same but I worked for about 4 years between undergrad and (current) grad school. 

The transition is kind of hard.  I got used to NOT having the stress of school looming over my head.  I actually prefer work to school.  But as far as keeping up, it hasn’t been too much.  After a few weeks and a couple of assignments I picked up graduate writing and reading.


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