5 common study excuses – busted!

If you’ve been thinking about returning to study but you keep letting excuses get in your way, it’s time to get serious and take action! We know change can sometimes be scary – but it can also be spectacular. Think about the incredible opportunities that could be waiting for you, and check out our myth-busting tips. 

It costs too much

If you are currently working, study doesn’t have to mean giving up your job. You can work part-time or full-time and keep an income coming in while studying.

Common excuses for studying - busted!


I don’t have time

Time can be a hurdle for those already balancing work and family. Thankfully, there are tons of online study and part-time options designed to fit in with your schedule, as well as allowing you to go at your own pace.

Can you maximise some of your free time, or make some small leisure time sacrifices as an investment in your future? Check out some of our study tips to see how you could make it work.

I’m too old to study

That awful saying about old dogs and new tricks couldn’t be further from the truth.You’re never too old to learn something new. In fact, having a few extra miles on the clock can work to your advantage, since you’re more likely to know what you want and have better time management skills.

Life experience can be a major asset if you’re looking to break into a new industry or move up the corporate ladder. With a good education on your side, and the added confidence that study can bring, you may prove yourself unstoppable. Read more about changing careers at any age

I’m scared

If the idea of changing careers, moving forward or returning to work frightens you, embrace the fear – often it signals an important change is on the horizon. Sometimes we need to push ourselves beyond our comfort zones to get the results we really want, but you don’t have to white-knuckle it without support. If you’re scared:

  • talk to someone whose judgement you trust and bounce off ideas about potential change and the impact it could have
  • speak to someone in your network who has made a similar change and get their feedback on the challenges and benefits
  • make a list of the benefits and disadvantages of maintaining the status quo versus committing to the change

I’m not sure what to study

If you’re finding the decision on what to study to be a roadblock, you don’t need to drown in analysis paralysis.

Looking to make a career change and need the knowledge to support your dream? Browse courses by industry to see which study option is going to give you the best foundation.

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