Yes, returning to part-time study could be the best career decision you make. Certainly, improving your job prospects and earning more over the course of your career are valid reasons for doing a part-time course. But they’re not the only benefits: here are five you might not even have considered. You’ll Become More Popular Whether it’s a coffee after class, exchanging notes or just chatting to the people who sit beside you, one thing’s for sure: you’re going to meet new people. Because of the small class sizes at National College of Ireland, our graduates report that meeting a diverse group of new people with different life experiences is an unexpected benefit of studying part-time. And those new friends you’re making? They’re also a network of contacts, that will stand you in good stead as your careers progress.