Studying in your 30’s: Advantages and arguments for going back to university
Written by: Christina Pichler, 15.09.2020
Written by: Christina Pichler, 15.09.2020
Starting a degree over the age of 30 usually means that you have a very specific goal in mind and actually want to pursue it. Immediately after school, you are often overwhelmed with the wide range of options. Many young people do not know what they want to do after graduation or make big compromises when choosing a course of study. Most of the time you only really get to know yourself with increasing years of life and work experience. You are more likely to know your talents, what you expect from life and have an idea of what every day work should look like for you. You already found out what you don’t want (anymore) and that is perhaps the most important point. Choosing a course of study at that age is usually more carefully considered because there are some obstacles to overcome. However, this is alright because the probability is very high that the course content actually fits your own interests. If you want to consolidate your decision, these questions can also help you to find the right place to study.
Yes, we are serious! Your age and experience make you stand out. If you fear that university will be more difficult as an “oldie” and that you will attract unwanted attention in the classroom, we want you to drop these worries. Do not compare yourself to others, just look at yourself and your experience. Have you already successfully completed an apprenticeship, worked or made up for your Matura during that time? Have you done your bachelor’s degree, worked a few years and are now adding your master’s degree? Are you continuing your education in a completely new area because your previous actual career aspiration did not suit you – for whatever reason? Great, be proud of yourself! Share your experiences, because everyone can benefit from it. This also applies to you: Moving in a younger and at the same time more dynamic environment can be a great enrichment. Try to be open to what your fellow students can give you and what you can give them. In addition, you are certainly not the only person in the lecture hall who participates in the “Studying 30 plus” project.
Many universities and technical colleges offer part-time courses and some even do distance learning. This way you can continue your work and keep a steady income during this time. This category of study programs is more likely to appeal to people with professional experience and is particularly recommended if you want to study without changing your entire rhythm of life. Educational leave or part-time training can also be agreed with the employer and is aimed at anyone who does not want to give up their job while they are continuing their education. Studying doesn’t need to change your entire life. Don’t be afraid to find out about your options!
If you cannot make use of part-time or parental leave, a classic full-time course often means having to adjust your standard of living a little. This is not always easy since we are creatures of habit. Your interest in the learning content however, should motivate you to find solutions for every obstacle. Perhaps you can get a part-time job through your professional network that pays a decent hourly wage. Perhaps you have been able to save yourself a small amount through your first jobs or you are in a supportive partnership. Your life experience will help you find a solution. We at STUWO have summarized what kind of student financing is available in Austria.
The biological clock puts a lot of pressure on women in particular. Because being over 30 also means you don’t have too much time thinking about starting a family. The desire to have a family of your own is of course not uncommon in this phase of life. Maybe you already have a family and you doubt whether you can meet all demands. The fact that you are exposed to a double burden should certainly not be overlooked. However, some universities and colleges have their own kindergartens. Perhaps you have a partner or grandma and grandpa, who can support you. Solutions can definitely be found, if your deepest desire is to start studying. In an emergency, however, you can also wait a year if your family situation does not currently allow it.
We were able to provide you with a few powerful arguments for studying in your 30`s ? Great. Perhaps you are still missing a suitable place to stay that meets your living standards. Take a look at the list of our modern STUWO student apartments throughout Austria, which are great for everyone over 30. We hope you enjoy studying and keep chasing your dreams!