Unemployed? Consider Continuing Your Education

Landing a job is a tough feat these days. Not only are experienced workers facing lay-offs and long term unemployment, but recent college graduates are experiencing the negative side effects of a bad economy as well. Fortunately, those without a job or who are underemployed do have options that don't repeatedly involve accepting the same low-paying jobs that have been the only thing available to them.

For those without any formal education under their belt, relevant job experience is perhaps the most valuable thing a person can possess. This is one advantage that non-college degree holders have over those with an educational background; the real life experience that so many employers are looking for. While in some cases experience is valued higher than education, the real value of an education for those without a degree is that they may be able to acquire skills to forge a whole new career path and earn a higher salary to make a more comfortable living.

 Four year universities have a wide range of professional level options, including teaching certification programs and engineering. Older adults or those looking for a faster route may opt to enroll in a trade school, which may include programs ranging from cosmetology to welding and typically last less than two years.

In today's uncertain economic times, however, even many college graduates are finding themselves unemployed for long periods of time. Landing a job is not as easy as it used to be, and many of the educated and unemployed are sucking it up and continuing their education either in a related field or in something totally unrelated to what they got their first degree in. Job demand and salary are the top incentives to go back to school for these individuals and programs in technical and medical fields are top picks. The great thing is that many community colleges and trade schools offer affordable degrees that pay great salaries and are in high demand such as nursing, medical billing, and computer programming.

Now that you know that great opportunities are within your reach, it’s time to get started and make a change that could transform your job prospects forever. If you have a local college or postsecondary institution nearby, call the career center and schedule an appointment to discuss your interests, tuition, or any other concerns you may have. Tuition costs and available financial aid is often the deciding factor for self-supporting students, so be sure to discuss these options with a school representative. It would also be wise to research current job trends and find out what exactly is in demand so that you don't find yourself unemployed again.

A new career path is within reach and the value of an education is definitely something to consider when times are tough and unemployment looms near. Evaluate your interests and contact your local college career center to find out the best option for you.

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