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so, considering i can't go back and request a do over for the past month and a half, and I am stuck at a job that basically has what little free time i have held hostage, and can't actually make plans for a life outside of work(i have had only one day off since New Years day)....and it seems like i have applied for most of the positions posted on the various job boards 3-4 times over since my original layoff, I have to start looking at making some drastic changes.
since quitting my job isn't really an option, and finding another one is seeming like a huge hurdle...it may be time to start looking back at going to school. I obviously wouldn't be able to do it with this suck of a job i have now so i may have to look at taking part time or a lower paying full time job. with the realities of a mortgage and a little one, i cannot really afford too much of a pay cut. We don't have a whole lot of debt (we just have one credit card, a car payment, my student loans and pretty much the monthly expenses --utilities). with all the OT i am working, we are more comfortable than we were prior (where when working my last job, i was told many times to watch my spending).
so question, for those in school, or knows somebody in school who isn't a traditional student.....how does one manage a situation like i described above-- paying living expenses, but bringing in less money. I would imagine if i go back to school, my current student loans payments will end when i am done....but what about extra $$ for living. I don't want to have to borrow money to live on, but I can't keep going like i am....and obviously my door isn't being beaten down with job offers......soooooo
When I was in school I worked at a gas station full time and very part time at a daycare because I could still see my kid. I only slept about every other day because the free time I had I spent with my daughter and I was young so when I got off work I went out after work a lot since the husband and kid were sleeping anyways. I don't think I could do it now but it was easy then. But you've asked about school before and it seems like that's where you feel you should be, if your wife will support it I say look into it you will find a way for it to work.
I suggest you just find a different job.
IDK man, he seems to complain about every job he has, so I don't think that will fix the problem.
I worked 35+ hours/week when I was in college. It sucked.
I am trying.
i am guessing you don't have a kid, either. i worked 40 hours a week last time i went to school (little man was born in my last term, and that was brutal enough).....i know there would be no way in hell that if I go back to school, that i could do it working where I currently am.
at any rate, when you are told in the interview process (2 interviews with 2 different people) that your schedule will be monday through friday 3-11....you work every 3-4 weekends, and mandatory OT is rare....and yet, I have only had one day off since new years day, worked every weekend (many people say that they have not had any weekends off since they have started either), and have easily over 50 hours a week...it kind of rubs you the wrong way when your decision to accept that position is based on that.
I have classmates that are in their 30s with families and can still pull off med school. But they also take out a lot of loans to help with expenses. I'm not sure how I'd do it, but they all do it successfully.
I worked about 25-30 hours a week in undergrad. But looking back that wasn't so bad.
Assuming you're talking about going back to school full time, you could probably swing a part time gig on nights. Try to find one where you could study while you're there (security guard maybe?). Yes, you may have to take out more student loans to help with expenses, but consider it an investment if it gets you into a better life. I certainly would rather be another 15 grand in debt than miserable my entire life.
I agree with you, as long as the extra debt gets him a job he will enjoy. If he adds another 15k in debt and still ends up with a job he hates then it's obviously not worth it.
Rob - What would you go back to school for? How long would it take you to get the degree? What would you do with it?
My mom took 1 class every 5 weeks at Kirkwood for like 2 years and now shes doing the same at Upper Iowa. Its like a two day a week class and its only 5 weeks. I'm not sure about the payment deal though, because her company offered to pay for it all so she didn't have to worry about it.
"I was brought in here to change the culture. I'm going to coach with passion" - Fran McCaffery.
If you enroll full time you loans should go into remission or forbearance or something like that so you don't have to make payments while in school. Not know what type of program or school you are looking at its hard to say...if its grad school, some come with a decent stipend...enough to live simply on and they may cover tuition as mine did in my grad degree. I've got lots of people in their 20s and 30 s in my classes trying to navigate those waters you described. You may talk to the admissions office too about your situation Nd se what they suggest.
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