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5 New Opportunities After the Kids Are Grown

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Go Back to School
Your children have moved out into the world, so now's the perfect time for you to pursue the education you may have delayed in order to have a family.
Your children have moved out into the world, so now's the perfect time for you to pursue the education you may have delayed in order to have a family.
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For years, you drove your kids to school, helped with homework, attended school functions or paid for schooling. Now that it's over and your children are adults, it may be your time to pursue educational opportunities.

You may have never gone to college, or maybe you now want a different degree or an advanced degree. Perhaps you want to learn a new skill for the workplace, desire advanced job training or even want formal schooling in the arts, such as creative writing, painting or music.

Regardless of your goals, one good approach is to try out a single class and see how it goes from there. That way, you won't risk jumping in over your head and getting overwhelmed.

Your local community college likely has an array of adult education or continuing education classes. One advantage of going back to school as an adult is that your preexisting school records won't matter as much, which is good news for those of us who may not have been straight-A students.

Some community centers offer classes that don't count toward college credit, but do teach you practical skills, such as working with specific computer programs.

If you frequently travel -- or just enjoy the luxury of working from home -- you can even take online classes. Then, as you're studying at the kitchen table, you'll really appreciate having grown children who live on their own.

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