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Should you go back to school?

Being a mum is a full-time job, and the question of whether you should try to continue your education while raising a family is a thorny one. On one hand, time is a precious thing during the years that your children are young. And it's hard to find even a bit of space and time for yourself with all the responsibilities of raising your kids, let alone take on the job of studying toward a degree. On the other hand, you could look at going back to school as a prime example of doing something positive for yourself and your family.


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In the long run, improving your skills and knowledge will be a boon for your family at the same time it expands your horizons. The logistics of finishing school or getting an advanced degree are easier than ever before because of the availability of distance learning. Online and part-time programs are set up to fit into your lifestyle, whether you're a full-time mum or a working parent. Here are some questions to consider if you're thinking about taking the plunge.

Do I really have the time? A great help for people going back to school is the advent of online learning, or distance education. Instead of driving to campus and sitting through classes, you can take courses online and communicate with study groups and professors through email and message boards. There are programs leading to certificates, diplomas and even online postgraduate courses in Australia. Best of all, many course loads are designed to be taken on