The decision to go back to school for retraining is a big one, especially when you’re making a career change. You have to consider the financial cost of tuition, the time commitment of adding study hours to your schedule, and possibly traveling long distances to attend courses. And after all this, there are ‘what ifs’ about whether the program you’ve chosen will turn out to be a good fit.
If you're concerned about the risks of going back to school, there is a way to alleviate some of your stress. If I could give you one piece of advice, it would be this: do face-to-face research in addition to comparing educational programs online.
First, talk to experts in the field you are interested in and ask them which programs for re-training they would recommend or urge you to avoid. Ask them if there are any lesser known educational “short-cuts” that will get you the same results with fewer qualifications. You’d be surprised!
Second, talk to first year students already enrolled in the programs you are considering, as well as to recent graduates, to get a sense of the quality of the programs and their marketability.
Of course, there are many ways to increase your confidence about educational decisions, but face-to-face research is one of the best ways to ensure that you are making the best investment in yourself!