Quit Your Job for School?
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Everyone touts education as a means to get promoted and get paid more. Is it worth it to quit your job to go back to school full-time? If you’re seriously thinking about quitting your job to get more education, think twice.
What are the Options?
You have several options if you’re set on getting more education. The first option is, of course, to quit your day job and either let your spouse support you or move back in with your parents. If you have a very definite plan and a guaranteed job offer after you graduate, this is worth considering. Otherwise, it’s probably not a good idea to quit your job, even if it will mean more money in the future. The depression of being poor and unemployed may negatively impact your school performance and you may never graduate.
The second option is to keep your day job and go to school on a campus at night. This puts tremendous pressure on both you and your spouse if you’re married. Plenty of people do it and succeed, but it’s probably the toughest option of all. After working all day, you’d head to campus, attend classes, then go home and study until you go to sleep and wake in the morning to do it all again.
The third option is to keep your day job and enroll in an online learning program. This is the most flexible, and often most affordable option. You can usually take as few or as many classes as you want during any one time. You can study at your own pace, and get your degree or certification in any time frame. If you’re not in a hurry to graduate, this is without a doubt the best option.
Remember that some employers will subsidize your tuition, so don’t forget to include them in your decision-making process.