After working for over 40 years, one is retired, that is, the person is given a rest, especially because of old age. But does this mean that one must not carry out any other activity? Above all, is one too old to go back to school? Far from it for there are some very good reasons for studies when one leaves office or employment. In this article we will look at 10 of them.
Studying for pleasure
While working, some people felt strong attraction for Art and Design, Calligraphy, Composing music, Singing, Drawing, Garden Design, Interior Design, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Writing and other fields of study but never really had the time to develop their passion. Others embraced their passion but had to put them on hold because of the pressure of careers, marriage and parenthood.
Trained or untrained, qualified or not, such people find retirement a great opportunity to explore their passion just for pleasure. Not surprisingly, many old students take courses in that pursuit or for personal development, thus satisfying the urge for ‘that something I’ve always wanted to do.’ All that these pensioners want is the sheer pleasure of learning a new skill or developing a dormant one. However, after studying for a while some pensioners find they could continue for a qualification and do so.
Studying for personal gratification
Some people did not have the opportunity to get the education they needed because of circumstances like poor parents, sickness, war, working early, etc. And all their working lives they felt miserable about missing out on school. Retirement therefore becomes the time to prove to themselves that they could have done it. And doing it makes them feel good about themselves.
Studying for academic achievement
If you are a person who has the desire to make use of your skills and also to gain greater knowledge of a field of study you had been dying to go into, retirement could offer you that opportunity. Pensioners who studied after leaving employment say that gaining a degree after they had retired gave them a purpose and interest. Studies made them use their time properly and regain the skills that they never had at work.
Satisfying this urge may be demanding for a pensioner than the first two. Wanting a degree, diploma or certificate means one must do an accredited course which leads to a qualification. One is therefore at best planning their path from the beginning and sticking to a rigorous program. For, to gain the necessary points the students work has to be assessed and they must achieve passing grades. This may not be really difficult because of the enthusiasm and the experience the pensioner brings to the classroom.
Studying for business success
This is often the case of people who had been rendered redundant when they were a decade or a little longer than that from retirement. It also goes for people who had been retired but who find themselves brimming with desire to go on to business. Or it could be that such a person has always wanted to do business or maybe developed the desire for it while working. Wishing no more to be made redundant by anybody, or eager to have the right foundation for their dreams, such people embark on a study after pension which can make them work for themselves.
Studying to keep the brain active
Just like the muscle, when the brain is not often used after many years of activity, it tends to slack down. Some people, especially intellectuals and the intellectually inclined, find that not using their brains as they used to do when working makes them feel as if they were missing something. They therefore enroll in courses again to learn something to do to keep their brains busy.
Studying for some catch up
Not everybody finds themselves in their dream careers. For one reason or the other, life edged some people into something they hadn’t really dreamed about but which they accepted simply because it was an opportunity to do something. Others also may have been on a job they loved but simply did not have time to deepen their knowledge of it or even learn to master certain other aspects of it.
Since life’s vicissitudes and the pressure of work had not enabled such people to study what they love, they find retirement the time for some catch up. If while working they were all the time busy and stressful, now they have a lot of free time and the peace of mind to devote to study. So they seize the opportunity to bridge the gap.
Studying because parenting pressure is gone
Playing the role of spouse can be time-consuming and bringing up kids hectic. With the house topsy-turvy, many people do not find that time the right moment to sit down calmly behind books and hope to put some knowledge into their heads. Now that the kids are grown up and gone and the spouse sober with age, they find pension the right time to go get that knowledge they had always wanted.
Studying because one has the time
Preparing for work, commuting to and from work, spending time on the job, all took their toll on people. And back at home, one couldn’t do better to wind down than sprawl in the sofa watching the TV and drinking cans of beer.
On pension, many people who were uptight while working find that they have a lot of time on their hands. What to do with all that time making the day seem longer than usual? Some pensioners find that going back to school is the solution.
Studying to keep oneself active
After all those decades of active life, nothing can be boring than hanging around the house and wondering what to do. People who work too hard all their lives know the symptom of having a lull in their lives; one feels as if something was missing. This person can fill in this “void” with studies so as to have the felling of still doing something. And not just anything but something which could make them busy again.
Studying because there is no more family pressure on finances
While working, people had to take care of the home. Salaries being what they are nowadays and the cost of living having shot through the roof, it’s hard for one to live from payday to payday let alone budget some money for studies.
But at pension, one may have fewer mouths to feed and maybe other lesser expenses to make. That money “saved” could then be ploughed into studies that the pensioner had always wished to go into.
There are many more reasons why a person on pension may want to go back to school and learn something. Whatever that reason is, pension could be the ideal moment to do what one loves but which one did not have the opportunity to pursue.
Good luck with your studies, dear pensioner!
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