Education expert says 40-year-olds should go back to school

WORKERS should expect to return to university in their 40s in order to stay relevant and successful throughout their career, a global education expert has warned.

And Australians should start saving now because in the future it will be up to them to fund their career development, says Nick van Dam, head of learning at leading consulting firm Deloitte.

"If you are currently in your early 40s you are mid-career - my view is you need to go back to school mid career to ensure you can work for another 20 years," said Dr van Dam.

"What I recommend to people is to start saving during your life and put some money aside so you can take time in the middle of your career and get another degree - a master degree, MBA or special training."

Dr van Dam, who has written a number of books about learning and human resources development, said there has been a shift towards making knowledge workers - such as IT workers, lawyers, teachers - more responsible for their careers and skill development, with many organisations investing less in training.



Topics:  education school study workers

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Tour gives a valuable ag insight

FIRST-HAND: Withcott Seedlings compliance manager Joe Shiels talks to participants of the the pilot AgWork tour.

The pilot AgWork tour was held last week.

Lake Clarendon says no way to bullying

STAND TOGETHER: Principal Susan Wright and school captains Xanthea Kugel and Felicity Boon with the anti-bullying pledge.

Take a stand and say 'No way!' to bullying

Jackson finds his family at Lowood High

STUDENTS' BESTFRIEND: Lowood State High School student Sophie, with the school's beloved assistance dog, Jackson.

Lowood High's fifth school captain is a little different.

Local Partners