FI Going Back To School?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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5207 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

@WeddingBells2014:  Honestly, if he’s unemployed and you guys are really in a jam financially I would encourage him to learn a trade, whether in school or on the job. It’s very important to have a job that travels. With a business cert he could be sitting around with his his thumb up his ass (pardon my French) waiting for an opening forever. With a tangible skill he can go anywhere. Even a CDL will guarantee you a job. My husband has one and even though he doesn’t currently use it he can apply for a driving job anywhere if he needs to. I’m sure there’s something your FI is intelligent enough to learn to do something with his hands. Once he has the extra money he can always pursue business later on.

Post # 4
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525 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Good for him! It’ll still be tough for you guys to make it until he starts getting that school money but if they loans aren’t too high and he works through school it won’t ruin you.

I personally don’t think the 1 year certificate will help THAT much in finding a job, most places still want an excellent work history to accompany it. 

If he can get through the first year I would highly recommend him going for a career in marketing or accounting – he can work almost anywhere doing stuff like that. 

I do know that a lot of places seem more willing to hire a college student with no experience than someone down on their luck because they know the student is working to pay for school (even though the person is working to just survive… don’t really get it). But it just seems much easier to get jobs as a student then as a little experience worker alone.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Take this with a grain of salt as business is not my area, but I think a one year certificate in something as general as ‘business management’ is not going to benefit your fiance at all – what are the employment prospects for that at the end of the year for someone who has little work experience other than fast food? I’m not denigrating his job – he’s working, and god knows those types of jobs are thankless. But they aren’t the kind of work history that gets someone hired.

Pursuing is a trade is probably his surest best to gain employment at the end.

Otherwise, has he thought about going out west for work? You’d have to move home in order to cut your personal costs, but he’d make good money, even without experience. Almost everyone I grew up with is out in Alberta now due to the lack of employment at home.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Not to be a debbie downer, but most business-type jobs will want three or four-year degrees…

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@WeddingBells2014:  I mean this as nicely as possible, but I think y’all are at your last option now.

Post # 9
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5543 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Trades are a great and hugly needed area if he decides he wants to do it. Auto, disel, AC/heat, welding/pipe fitting, all are things he can get a one year certifcate in at any community college or tech school and many of them include internships that lead to gainful employment. And many of them are set up for training people who have little or no training before then. If he has any interest things in medicine like radiology techs, transcriptions, billing or aides are all short course work that arent very expensive (Dh is in an auto mechanic program and will be fully certified in a year to work at any major car dealer for less than $6000 with no aid) and are all jobs anywhere needs. 

Eta: While DH is very smart, school isnt his forte and has had no issue with his auto tech course work. The instructor isnt someone with a lofty degree, but someone who has been in and knows the field extrmely well. The class is mostly hands on, while there is reading and tests, there is much less than any business degree or dipoma would have. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

Honestly, people have trouble getting hired with a 4 year degree now adays, I don’t think a one year certificate will do ANYTHING to help your situation.

If he really can’t get a job where you both live, then he needs to move.

Also, trade school is drastically different than high school. It is more hands on and probably a much better match for him than college or a certificate program…

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@WeddingBells2014:  I am in the US, so it may be different in Canada, but here I don’t think a 1 year general business certificate would be terribly helpful in finding a job. If you were going to study business here you would need a Bachelors to advance your job prospects. Even an associates (2 year program) in business would probably only be marginally helpful in finding a better job. 

 

I’m going to agree with @Aquaria:  and say that some sort of trade program might be a better option. I’m sure he can find a trade that would be suitable, as long as he has a good work ethic and a willingness to learn. I don’t think it matters that he lacks the skills or knowledge going in, since the whole point of the program is to learn. 

Post # 14
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3077 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I’m going to be graduating with my 4 yr business degree and I can promise you, General management doesn’t mean anything. It seems to be the route chosen by those of us who don’t know what they want to be/do.

I agree with a trade.

Post # 15
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5543 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

@WeddingBells2014:  I know if it is anything like mmy husband’s school, there are auto, diesel(big rig/bus etc) ac and cooling systems, electrican, plumber welding and maybe a few others. Most of them are a year of course work and hands on training, then an unpaid internship but DH’s instructor said if you are good, many of the job sites hire the interns halfway through and they finish the internship paid, sit for whatever offical licence/certification their trade has and then be full time employed. My uncle is a master welder/pipe fitter and instructor and they do apprentiships as well as courses and while it isnt much more than minimum wage to begin with as a brand new guy, they make serious money once they learn what they are doing. 

 

Post # 16
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920 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

not trying to be a Debbie downer, but I don’t think that 1 year certificate will be worth the cost of if unfortunately. Does he have any interest in construction, electrician, engineering type trades? these tend to pay pretty well from what I know, but of course make sure there are actually jobs in the area you live and also study salaries before making a decision. 

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