Unemployed? What to Consider Before Deciding to Go Back to School.

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With crazy high unemployment rates, going back to school might seem like a good idea. Here are some things to consider when deciding to change your title from “full-time job seeker” to “full-time college student!”

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1. Know your reason for going back. Have a clear understanding of why you want to go back to school. If you haven’t been on a college campus since Al B Sure was on the cover of Right On Magazine, there may be a steep learning curve and you might not have the determination to finish.

Make sure you’re attending because you’re interested in genuinely learning and expanding your education and not just because you’re tired of filling out applications. Know the full extent of the time and financial commitment and understand that in most cases you’ll lose any unemployment benefits you’re receiving since you are no longer “actively seeking” employment after becoming a full-time college student.

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2. Research your school! It would be a shame to spend all that time attending classes only to find out the company you want to work for doesn’t recognize your degree. Make sure the college you want to attend is accredited and your credits can be transferred from one university to another and that your degree will be accepted in the market place.

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3. A college degree isn’t the ONLY way! There are several certification programs that take less time and money than a college degree, so you may get more bang for your buck! Fields currently in demand like IT and health care are good places to start when trying to decide what kind of certification may be good for you.

4. Pick a field that is in high demand. If you have an undergraduate degree in library and information science, which was deemed by Forbes as one of the worst degrees for jobs right now, and have never been able to get a job, it probably wouldn’t be the best idea to get a Master’s degree in the same subject. Although, it may be personally gratifying, it likely won’t lead you to the financial rewards you will need to pay back the money you borrowed to further your education. This is how you can end up over educated and underemployed or back in the unemployed pool all over again.

Ultimately, going back to school is a big commitment. With the time, energy, and money it will take to complete, you want to make sure you will come out on the other side educated and employed! So take your time and do your research.

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