A bachelor’s degree is your ticket to better job opportunities and higher pay over your career. Today, 90 percent of jobs with the fastest rates of growth—such as those in science, technology, engineering, and math—require some form of post-high school education, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. By 2020, 65 percent of all jobs will require training beyond high school.
With a bachelor’s degree, you’re far less likely to be unemployed than people with only a high school diploma. And you’re more likely to have a job that provides health and retirement benefits, giving you a better quality of life.
So it’s no surprise that more people than ever are returning to complete their degrees. And their lives, like yours, look a whole lot different from those of traditional 18- to 21-year-old college students who have parents paying the bills. Today, 75 percent of college students in the United States are working-age Americans between 25 and 64 years old, single parents, military veterans, and others.
Bryan Klickstein ’13 earned his BA in Liberal Studies with a Specialization in Business Management from Lesley, which he started at age 35. “I'd had some success professionally, but I didn’t know if those skills would translate to college,” he says. “I realized that going to school as an adult is gaining confidence that all of the personal and professional skills you bring, and your years of experience, will translate into academic success.” Bryan is now in the Master of Public Policy program at the University of California, Berkeley, and is spending the summer as an intern in Washington DC.