Career Decision: Should You Go Back To School?

Career Decision: Should You Go Back To School?

Author
Paul A. Greenberg

With the national unemployment rate hovering around double digits, many American workers are looking for any advantage that may give them an edge in the job market. Those who did not complete their college education wonder if they should invest the time and effort to earn a degree, while others wonder if additional licensing or credentials might enhance their chances to earn a better livelihood.

Should you go back to school? There is not easy answer to that question, but there are a number of considerations. First, if you are stuck at a certain level in your chosen field or discipline simply because you do not have a degree, you must decide if that is the field you choose to stay in for the long term. If so, it may be wise to consult your employer about your tentative plans to return to school. If your employer can give you a definite answer about advancement as it relates to additional education, going back to school might be wise. If the employer cannot be sure, you may want to study the market. Are other employers in your field requiring a college degree to certain job types you wish to pursue? Is your field growing an expanding enough for you to put in the time and effort to earn the degree?...

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