(Closed) Going back to college… need some insight from other bees

posted 9 years ago in College
Post # 3
230 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m an employment counsellor and I always feel like its never too late to pursue a new career.  My reccomendation is, do your labour market research.  How many jobs int hat field are available in your area, what do they pay, how long does it take to reach your desired salary etc.  Talk to professionals in your field, speak with the instructors at the school,….research, research, research 🙂

Post # 4
2413 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I was out of school for about 4 years or so and went back for my RN. It was great for several reasons. My first time in college was the “typical” experience and I found myself more interested in hitting the bar than doing work. Plus, I had no idea what I wanted to do. Going back to school years later I had matured, had a clearer sense of what I wanted to do, and as such, was able to commit myself to my studies more. It also helped that the social aspect surrounding college was gone.

Post # 5
4652 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I took a 4 year break between high school and starting college. This is my first term! Im excited to be back but I have to admit its odd to be back in school… But it should be worth it! Good luck!

Post # 6
37 posts
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Private Residence

I worked 3 years before going back to graduate school from college.  I think it was seriously one of the best decisions I have ever made!  As Miss Orchard said, I also had matured and had a more clear understanding of what I wanted to do.  There are a bunch of others I go to school with that did the same thing.  Honestly, I would have never been able to figure out what the right career was for me, if I hadn’t had the chance to work in something else.  Good luck!

Post # 8
183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I took a year and a half off from college after my first semester and worked full time. I deluded myself into thinking I could work my way up without a degree, but I eventually came to my senses. I’ve been back in school a year and a half now, and I am set to graduate in December. I agree 100% with the other bees about being much more motivated and goal oriented after returning to school. I had an ax to grind after I felt like I had wasted time. My best advice is to do TONS of research and make sure you are certain you know what you want to do, then go after it at a fast and furious pace. Going back to school has not been fun for me at all, but it was the right choice. I will only graduate two semesters after I initially planned three and a half years ago, and that is what has kept my motivation high.

Post # 9
331 posts
Helper bee

A good chunk of my work experience is in the real estate industry. It’s enjoyable but it is VERY high pressure, particularly if you’re the newbie in a larger firm. The first two years were difficult but just as I started questioning it, I’d get a sale and I can’t tell you how truly amazing it is to tell someone they’re getting the home they’ve dreamed of. I’ve worked in several different areas of the industry so depending upon what area you’re most interested in, I might be able to offer more insight. Just PM me if you want.

Once you get some credibility, income gets significantly better. This can take a while though and with my personal experience + those I’ve known, it’s pretty rough the first few years. I’d never recommend anyone to get into it if they’re single. It’s a great opportunity if you have other income but to rely on it for a main or large, consistent portion of income just isn’t the best thing IMHO- especially with how things are now. I would only ever consider it to be supplemental income unless you are a workhorse – live, breath, sleep the market and live in a large, large city.


Also, I took a seven year break from college and went back this past year. It was a big adjustment for me and I initially took on more than I could handle. It took a semester for me to get into the swing of things and adjust my classes to 3/4 time (3 classes for 9 credit hours). I’m looking to finish my initial degree in finance. Since I’ve been paying for previous school loans the past seven-ish years, I’ve come to respect it MUCH more and really value the time spent and the significance of higher education. Like PPs said — party days are over and your priorities become much clearer!


ETA: See that you are more finance sounding, not so much being an agent. Like, looking to loan reviews/approvals, closing agent, or auditing or… what area?

Post # 11
331 posts
Helper bee

AHH!! Loan review is the BEST part! Haha, I’m a super stickler so I guess that’s why it’s my favorite part… all the verification and cross referencing, etc. So much fun! Sad to say, I always got a kick when I put the post-it flags on the places for signatures. So pathetic, lol, but that is a good spot to be in… particularly since it’s not a commission-able position (typically and hopefully for ethical reasoning).

Yeah, I learned real quick you gotta live in a hot spot for it to be lucrative. Even then, there were tons of cocky, young 20s sorts of guys that would work 60+ hours a week to try to advance their career and that’s why I’d only recommend to do it if you were single. Or, if you’re the *only* agent in a small town, LOL.




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