22 Jan 2019

Top 5 Reasons to Return to Education

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Taking the first step back into learning after a break from formal education can be daunting, but it comes with many benefits. If you’re thinking of returning to education, January is the perfect time to find out about learning opportunities in your local area, with open days and information sessions happening at further education colleges, community centres and learning institutes all over the country.

Below we’ve outlined five fantastic reasons why you should consider returning to education:

  1. Self-Confidence

Unemployment, leaving school early or a lack of formal education can sometimes result in low confidence. Discovering your talents and expanding your skills through learning increases self-esteem and learners can gain a sense of pride and confidence in their achievements. Returning to learning can help you regain a sense of self-worth, direction and empower you to pursue your goals.


  1. Meeting New People

Getting involved in a new course or activity allows you to meet new people, to socialise and to learn from others. It also allows you to share your experience, perspective and ideas with others and to feel valued within a new community of learners and educators.

  1. Employment Opportunities

Learning motivates you to achieve your career goals and equips you with skills that are highly valued in the workplace. Returning to education demonstrates to employers that you are willing to work and to adapt to new challenges. It also adds to your qualifications and experience and supplies you with up-to-date skills for your CV.

  1. Independence

Acquiring new skills and confidence means that adult learners can become less dependent on welfare services or family members and are encouraged to become leaders among their own families, communities and class groups. Returning to learning can allow you to make more informed decisions about your life, career and to take control of your future.

  1. Mental Health and Well-being

Learning something new stimulates your brain and can help to improve mental health and well-being. Developing a routine can give you a sense of purpose and self-worth which contributes to longevity and good mental health. Studies show that adults who return to education gain and use new skills and, as a result, become happier and more fulfilled with their daily lives.

More Information:

For more information on education and training options and to find open days and information sessions near you, visit: or Freephone 1800 303 669. One Step Up is a free Information Referral Service provided by AONTAS as part of the ‘Increasing Pathways, Increasing Participation’ 2017-2019 project for the European Agenda for Adult Learning (EAAL).