Professionals at every level often wonder whether their careers would benefit from a return to the classroom. There are often a lot of other life elements that limit your time and financial resources, and it can be a hard decision to make. Rovy Branon, vice provost for Continuum College at the University of Washington, offers the following advice for professionals considering further education, including how to identify whether it makes sense for you personally as well as the right program for you. Higher education is evolving into a much more diverse learning system so the options today are much more numerous than in the past. The following excerpts have been edited for clarity and brevity.