Reason for Returning to School This essay describes the reasons why working adults, like myself, decided to go back to college and obtain a degree.

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The reason of why I decided to go back to school and obtain my Bachelor Degree has never been anything out of the ordinary. In today's society, I see many working adults pursuing their degrees to obtain security and self-fulfillment. While others are looking for the advancement in pay and position in their current or new job. There are even those who need to gain more confidence in their skills to do a good job for their company and they feel that by getting a degree, they can achieve this goal. All of them pertain to me. Especially to today's current economy, I strongly feel that there is a great advantage to having a degree versus to not having one when it comes to searching for a job.

More and more each year, I see new programs for education that are designed for working adults. If there were no real demand for these programs, I believe they would not exist.

But that demand is real. There is a larger competitive environment in the work force now then there was a few years ago. With many new and fresh graduates coming out of college, I feel the pressure to increase my credentials to be able to compete. Even though I have built my experience through years of on the job education, I feel that by obtaining a graduate or even undergraduate degree is the only way to secure my position against the growing population of new graduates. I believe that you must continue updating your skills to keep up with this very competitive market.

Then, there are those current working adults who are already established in their field, but would like to find a way to increase their potential of getting a raise or promotion. By obtaining a degree, this can...