Going to College During a Recession

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With the economy in bad shape and people out of work there are more and more people turning to the internet to find something to do there to make a living. For some, this is a successful endeavor with minimal overhead. For others this just isn’t going to work. Let’s face it, we’re not all cut out to do marketing, blogging, or make videos, some of us are best at the jobs available and needed in the real world.

For those of us that do well in a real world setting, being unemployed during a recession can be devastating or it can be an opportunity. What better time to earn a degree than now? If you do a little research you’ll see what kind of jobs will be around in the future, at least as long as your career might last, and obtain a degree in something enduring while the economy picks itself back up and begins to function normally again.

You can obtain a college education and devote time and energy to learning a new, enduring career field instead of sitting at home collecting unemployment scanning the job listings for what you used to do. This is the perfect time to discover the careers that will be around for the next 100 years and keep from trying to find a job that may not have as many slots to fill because of new technology and the evolution of how the world does business.

If you’re unemployed, or even if you’re not and you think you want a career change, the first thing you should do is fill out and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Then you should start researching schools in your area and degree programs to find out which school will have the program of study that you will want to follow. Once you’ve picked a few schools that you’re seriously considering attending, log back into your Financial Aid application and ad those schools to where you want your financial aid information sent.

The next step is to apply for admission to the colleges you are considering. You can typically call the school admissions office and get information, sometimes you can get onto the school’s website and have them send you an information packet that gives you more information about their school and typically includes a catalog of classes and degree plans.

Until recently I’ve thought for a long time that web design is what I wanted to do with my time and energy, and a degree, now I’m not so sure. I find I’m a bit more interested in the creative side of things, the writing that you see and not so much the back end creation of a website. I’ve set MouthyGirl up and been running it problem free long enough that I think this is the extent of web construction knowledge I’ll need, at least for the time being.

I’m 30 now and realizing my time is short on this earth, I want to do something fulfilling. I’ve more research to do, but so do you if you want to go back to school.

So what do you think, is this a good time to go back to school? Are you interested in gonig back to school? What would you major in if given the opportunity?

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4 thoughts on “Going to College During a Recession

  1. The recession is definitely offering people the opportunity to figure out what they want to do with their careers, especially if they are currently out of a job. It may be the perfect opportunity for some to go back to school and others may feel pressure to advance their education just to keep their jobs or remain competitive in a tough job market if they lose their jobs. Others are staying in school, riding out the recession in graduate school. My feeling is education is always a positive, but you’ve got to weigh your reasons for heading back to college (or staying in) against what this will ultimately do to you financially. What happens if you emerge with a graduate degree and the economy hasn’t turned around as much as you expected? You’re under a mountain of debt. Yet, you may land a better job than you would have otherwise and your earning power is much higher. I think the reason we all want better jobs is that we assume we’ll have a better standard of living. If you’re in debt, that standard of living might not be very high or any higher than it was before. Other, cheaper ways of competing in a weak economy include 1)make sure your resume is updated and effective; 2)network like crazy; 3)communicate with your boss often; 4)show your value to your employer on a daily basis. Choosing education if you can afford it is great too! More power to you!

    • Those are great points, I agree that they also are necessary things to do to find a job if you don’t want to or can’t go back to college but need a job.

  2. I start class on May 18th for Information Technology: Web Design then will be going back to finish up in the multimedia & visual communications.

    It was easy and because of my income level my FAFSA pretty much paid for everything that I needed. I have a lender in place in case I were to need a little more. It was the easiest painfree process I have ever gone through to help my future!

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