There are several reasons a person decides to seek out higher education. Looking for a new career, a yearning to learn new things and meet new people or to have a higher standard of living that those with a higher education experience. Research has been conducted on individuals with and without a higher education and the results are clear. The monetary benefits of higher education can be seen in the lifetime difference of 65% earning power when comparing graduate salaries and the earnings of those with just high school education. Your hard work studying can yield results at the completion of your education. Unfortunately for some adults, there’s a barrier to entry stopping their dreams and aspirations of higher education.
Barriers to Entry: Why We Decide Not to Study
Before we delve into why it’s important to receive a post-secondary education, perhaps it will be beneficial to list some of the most common barriers to entry for people deciding whether to study or not and how HETC can put your mind at ease.
Barrier to Entry: I’m too old or young.
Without sounding like a complete and utter cliché, you’re never too old or too young to seek an education of any kind in any form. One of the benefits of choosing to study at HETC is that nobody will know how old or how young you are (except maybe a few select trainers and student support staff members). No ageism here!
Barrier to Entry: I’m too busy with work.
We completely understand that working is an extremely important part of your life (as it should be) and that you need to generate a stable income to support yourself and in some cases, to support others, as well. But consider this, if you are currently working in a dead-end job that you dislike, investing in post-secondary education can drastically improve your happiness within the workplace. Discover a job you’re passionate about and is more suited for you! In addition, HETC offers online courses so that you can tailor your learning to your busy lifestyle! With HETC, you don’t have to give up your consistent paycheck because you will have the freedom to study in your spare time!
Barrier to Entry: I’ve tried and failed at school in the past.
Look, we have ALL been there. Perhaps you’ve faced unfair circumstances in the past that have prevented you from completing your studies? You’ve moved on from those experiences and learned some difficult lessons. Why not get back out there and try again? You’re a stronger person than you once were and it’s about time you harnessed this newfound strength and put it towards improving your life! If you’re worried about failing and feel that you need more support and guidance than other students, then HETC is the training institution for you! We pride ourselves on our exceptional student support both during and upon completion of your studies.
Barrier to Entry: I have children.
Raising children is a full-time job. There’s no doubt about it! However, there are millions of people out there who have children and who still see the worth in pursuing a post-secondary education. One of the great things about HETC is that we offer certificates and diplomas that can be completed exclusively ONLINE. That way you can study in your chosen field while the children are down for a nap or are indulging in the newest episode of Adventure Time.
Barrier to Entry: I don’t know what I want to do.
That’s perfectly fine! We know people in their 40s who still don’t know what they really want to do. The reality is, you don’t have to know exactly what job you want, but if you have a general idea of what you’re passionate about, then there’s no time like the present to start working toward achieving those goals! Our career-study advisers at HETC are here to make the track just a little bit clearer for you, so please don’t hesitate to call one today on 1300 46 4373!
Barrier to Entry: It’s too expensive.
This is a big one for most people. Nobody in their right mind wants to be paying back student loans until they are well into their 40s. If you are starting your education later in life, I bet you can think of 100 other things you need to spend money on before dropping dollars on studying. Being considerate of your financial situation, HETC offers payment plans on our most popular diplomas to help you turn your goals into a reality! Ask one of our career-study advisors about these plans and how they can fit you!
Hopefully, we were able to put your mind at ease…
The six issues discussed above are very common reasons, barriers to entry for why people choose not to study, and we hear these on a daily basis. HETC takes every single one of your concerns into consideration and we have tailored our educational delivery in order to suit your needs and your busy lifestyle.
While earning a higher income and being more employable are two clear benefits of receiving a post-secondary education, there are other (less reported) advantages, as well. For instance, people with a post-secondary education are more likely to live healthier lifestyles and are less likely to smoke and to be obese. In addition, people with a post-secondary education are more likely to volunteer, to understand political issues and to value learning new things in their current position. 
So, the evidence is slowly mounting in favour of receiving post-secondary education. You will not only earn more within your lifetime but you’ll also contribute to society in a meaningful way and maintain a healthier lifestyle for yourself and your family.
Take a hold of your life and your future by making the best investment you can possibly make! Your barrier to entry can be overcome. Besides, think of the advantages of a higher education, the more you learn, you more you earn!
 Playdon, J. (2013). Benefits of Higher Education: Graduate Salaries and More. Retrieved from https://www.topuniversities.com/student-info/daily-news024/benefits-higher-education-graduate-salaries-more