Adult learners take many forms, and have numerous reasons for needing to obtain a postsecondary credential. You might be someone who entered the workforce right out of high school and are looking for a career change. You may have some college credits earned, but lacking the degree is keeping you from getting that important promotion. Whatever the reason, the benefits that come from obtaining an associate's or bachelor's degree can warrant the time and financial commitment it takes to go back to college. The first step to making this transition as easy as possible is to conduct research to make sure the decision is right for you. Review the steps outline below to help ensure you are making the right decisions as you move forward.