After being in the workforce for twenty years, I decided that I needed to go back to college. I make less money now then I did when I first graduated from high school. It’s been a struggle for me financially especially since my ex-husband and I separated seven years ago. I have worked in a warehouse where I had to work seven days a week and couldn’t see my children. Most recently, I have worked in food service. I am lucky enough to work at Starbucks now, and they will be paying for my college education. They have great benefits, but I don’t make enough money to live on my own.
Is going back to school right for you? I know it’s difficult to manage work and school. Earlier this semester I was working two jobs while taking two classes. I think it is going to be difficult when I go back to working two jobs and am going to school full-time. It is just something that I have to do. If you want to make more money or don’t like your current job then perhaps going back to school is right for you. There is financial aid available as grants and student loans.
Additionally, you could get a job on campus as a work-study. Unfortunately, it isn’t that many hours. The work-study offered to me this semester was only ten hours a week.
It is especially difficult to go to school when you have children. In my situation, my children live with their dads. That frees me up to work and go to school. I really feel like I owe it to my children to go to school so I can support them better.
If you want to get student grants or loans, then you need to fill out a FAFSA and send your information to your potential school. You will also need to fill out the application to apply to the university. I am going to be taking classes online, but perhaps there is a university near you where you can attend classes. In addition to four-year colleges, there are also trade schools.
When deciding what you want to go to school for, first just look at the majors and see what interests you. Then look at what jobs you can get with that degree. Lastly, search online to see the job growth rate of that profession and what the starting salary would be.
If you want to be an entrepreneur, then make sure it is a career where you can work for yourself. It is feasible to work for myself as a social media manager/ public relations. I have lots of other streams of income that I want to get involved in. It ranges from public speaking to an Etsy shop to dog breeding.
If you need someone to talk to about this, you can always contact me through Instagram pursuebeautiful_jordan