Are you thinking about a career change? Ready to take your current job to the next level? Education can be just the catalyst to get you there.

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Going back to school as an adult is a big decision.

Before making the investment of your time, effort and resources, it’s important to do your research — and soul search.

Whether you’re thinking of getting a master’s degree to propel your career forward in the hot fields of technology and information sciences, or you just want to spend an afternoon learning about hummingbirds, the Seattle area is rich with educational opportunities.

Advance Course offers a useful mix of motivation and information for adults who want to continue their education toward a certificate, master’s or doctoral degree.

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Kolya Rice gives an art history tour at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle as part of UW’s Osher Lifelong Learning program. (Courtesy of UW-OLLI)

University of Washington’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and One Day University feature lectures and courses on a broad range of topics, from art history to current events.

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Learning for the real world takes individual perseverance, group discussions and faculty mentorship.

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Occupations requiring master’s degrees are expected to grow at a rate of 16.7 percent through 2026, versus 7.4 percent for all occupations.

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Citing concerns about “overwhelming financial debt” for students, the New York University School of Medicine announced on Aug. 16, 2018, that it would cover the tuition of current and future students, regardless of merit or need. (File photo by Michael Kirby Smith / The New York Times)

The school will start accepting applications in June and open in Pasadena, California, the summer of 2020.

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The need to think critically about the human problems entangled with the interactive media landscape is growing.   

Yini Guan, a Master of Science in Information Management student at the University of Washington Information School, gathers data for a research project. Researchers at the school are studying whether a mobile application can forge a connection between children and the outdoors. (Courtesy of Mark Stone / University of Washington)

University of Washington's iSchool graduates information-savvy specialists who don’t necessarily head straight to libraries to work.

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“It counterbalanced the technical side of how I’d grown up, focusing on chemistry, physics and calculus.” — Jenette Ramos, Senior VP, Boeing

Jeremy Haynes, who is taking online courses through Walden University, at his home in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. (Justin T. Gellerson / The New York Times)

About 13 million adult students are pursuing advanced degrees online.

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Expert guidance goes beyond scheduling and can help students save time and money.

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International students are also staying home amid anti-immigration rhetoric and visa concerns.

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Student researcher races to save apple trees from raging disease.

There are ways to get started and work toward the larger whole, one step at a time.

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Open the door to new opportunities with further tech training.

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A multidisciplinary education helps keep pace with the evolution of technologies and infrastructures around us.

Working professionals with a variety of backgrounds are finding pathways to higher-paying careers in tech.