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Academic Planning_Mid-Career Transfer Student Resources

Academic Planning_Mid-Career Transfer Student Resources

Read this document to learn about transferring to college when you’re mid-career.

You may be one of many career-focused individuals who decide to re-enter college after your career has begun. A number of colleges and universities welcome adult students who are mid-career, and you will find many that can accommodate your needs.

Resources for Mid-Career (Adult) Students

You will find many resources available to you as a mid-career student, including the following (though these will depend on the institution you select):

  • Transfer centers that often cater to adult, mid-career students. Check to see if your college has a transfer center where you can meet with advisors and other staff members who work with adult students.

  • Military transition centers that can be found on campuses with a strong focus on military students (veterans and active duty). Trained staff members, many of whom are veterans themselves, are available to help you navigate your own transition.

  • Professional counselors who are trained to help both traditional-aged and adult students who may be facing challenges in academic, home and/or work life.

  • Financial aid advisors who have expertise in multiple aspects of scholarships, loans and other financial support.

  • Career centers where you can explore options related to staying in your career or looking into opportunities outside your current field.

  • Child care centers where you are able to leave your young children in capable hands while you attend classes or meet with instructors. 

  • Other resources, unique to your campus and your individual circumstances.

Tips for Transferring Mid-Career

If you’re returning to college mid-career, you are likely juggling many different parts of your life. The following suggestions may help you with this transition.

  • Be sure to prioritize your work, family, academic, recreational, and other areas you plan to maintain during your college years.

  • Consider taking online or hybrid (mix of online and in-person) courses, accelerated classes, or summer and/or winter offerings. These options may allow you to create flexible schedules while managing your other responsibilities.

  • Plan ahead. Make sure you keep your calendar or planner up-to-date with assignments and tests listed on each syllabus. In addition, consider having a “tickler” file that provides reminders to you a week or two ahead of each due date.

  • Ask for help. All colleges offer support staff who have expertise in assisting students to successfully navigate the academic world while completing their degrees. Your first stop might be your academic advisor, who can direct you to other resources that will meet your needs.

  • Take time for you. You will have work, family and other obligations while you’re working on your degree, but you also need to maintain your health and well-being while you balance these responsibilities. Good eating habits, exercise and other activities may contribute to successful outcomes in a variety of areas.

Next Steps: Take advantage of college resources available to you. In addition, work with your advisor to plan a long-range schedule that will ensure you’re successful in completing your degree while maintaining your career and other responsibilities.

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