Post # 1
So after two years of traveling and having fun, I finally deciding I wanted to become a pharmacy tech in hopes of becoming an actual pharmacist one day. I passed the exams and course I needed and even had landed a job. Then I moved to be with my SO in his country and found out my work was pretty much for nothing since everyone wants me to go back to school to be recertified for everything before they will hire me. Well I didn’t like the course much anyway, so I told my SO that was a no go. But now after working in retail for another year, I’ve decided I have to go back to school after I get my permanent residency. Right now I’m looking at going into financial services and mainly focusing on real estate since that’s always caught my interest. 🙂 Does anyone else work in that area and if so, do you like your job? Also has anyone else been back to school after being out of college for awhile? How was the transition?
Post # 3
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
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
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
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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 # 7
@laceandpearls10: Yeah I’ve been doing lots of research for months really. I’m really interested in working with real estate for a living, and it looks like there are alot of jobs in my area looking for people who work in the financial side for that area. I think I would be happy with it though. I like working with people as long as I don’t have to clean up after them, and that’s what working in retail since my last year of high school has taught me, haha.
Thanks for the experience ladies. This makes me feel alot better about going back because honestly I was dreading it at first. Maybe because my first go at college ended up with me going for something I could care less about, but went because my parents pressured me to go to school for something that would make me money. Now I feel like this is something I’m actually interested in, so I think I’ll put more effort into my classes this time.
Post # 8
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
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 # 10
@Diet Coke: Thanks for the thorough reply. Right now I’m looking more into approving and reviewing loans for people. I have considered becoming an agent since I’ve talked to my aunt about it (she’s been one for at least 10 years and loves it). But I’m still a little on the fence about it, mostly because the area we live in is a small city and the market here is stable, but still not somewhere I’d like to be selling real estate. I’d really love to just go shadow a real estate agent for about a week or volunteer at an office somewhere. Maybe I’ll do that and then think about things again. I have a year until I can apply for school anyway.
Post # 11
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.
Post # 12
@Diet Coke: Haha, yeah I’m a very thorough person, maybe too much as my boyfriend would say. I think that’s why I’d like to do something like that, where my obsessiveness could come in handy. Right now I’m just feeling undervalued and underappreciated at my job. Especially when I do everything by the book only to be told by my managers that we can bend the rules everytime someone throws a fit.