Help with going back to college/having a career.(long)

posted 3 years ago in College
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Saramina329:  I haven’t been through this- but you can do it! It sounds like you’re under a lot of stress, so before you go for it, build up your support system. You’ve got your hubby. What about friends or relatives? If possible, I recommend getting a counselor or psychologist too. It could help so much just to know every week you have someone to talk to and vent and work out all your stress with, no matter what everyone else is doing. Get that support going!!!! And then I really think you can do it! Good luck!!!

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper

@Saramina329:  JMHO, My son and I both have lots of college/grad school debt, and do not have jobs to pay the loans off.  My son’s graduating class from 3 yrs. ago -no one in his field (Pharm. Chemistry) has gotten a position.  For entry level positions, he needs 5-10 yrs.  experience.  If you want to further your education, my advise is to keep your job and go to school part-time, or just work your way up if possible.  

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

I would look into some online programs. For example, the state I’m from has online bachelor of liberal studies programs from the state schools that you can complete in as little as 1 year (in state tuition no matter where you live) depending on how many credits you already have.

(http://admissions.uiowa.edu/academics/bachelor-liberal-studies)

If you just want a degree and don’t care what it’s in, this is a good option. If you specifically want a degree in healthcare management, you will have to search but I’m sure there are some online and/or part time programs near you. While some people are having trouble finding jobs out of college, if you know a degree will help you advance in your current career it’s probably worth it. Just don’t go to a pricey private school. Also, see if your hospital has any tuition reimbursement programs or anything. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Saramina329:  There are schools all over the Baltimore area that have programs for working adults.  In particular you might want to check out UMUC who do all their programs online.  Check out the websites for Towson, UMBC, Goucher, Loyola, JHU, etc.  Each school should have a person who deals with returning adult and working students and most schools these days offer distance courses or if you’re not disciplined enough for those they have evening classes.  I’m assuming your company reimbursement is somewhere around that $5500 mark so that you don’t get taxed on it.  Just be mindful of that when you choose a school so that you can get the most classes in the least amount of time.  Normally, you’re able to take 1-2 courses/semester if it’s approved by the company.  You can also look into Strayer or Phoenix but I’m not a huge fan of these types of for-profit schools. 

Good luck to you! 

Post # 8
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Worker bee

My sister completed her degree in TWELVE YEARS, one class at a time. She worked full time, raised two boys as a single mom, and graduated after the boys grew up and moved out.

It can be done. Tuition reimbursement? Go for it!

Post # 9
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362 posts
Helper bee

It’s a long, long life.  Plenty of time to finish a degree.  I would go part time and keep working.  Thats great they will pay you for that

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