So, I've long wanted to go back to school and finish my degree. I've constantly made excuses and put it off. At this point in my career I really don't know how much of benefit it will be for me. I work in the I.T. industry and have advanced within this industry and from a financial perspective am doing better than a lot of my friends and fam that have post grad degrees. I've said I will finish because it's something I want for myself. But now with a wife and kids, I really could save the money for their education. God forbid they have to be tied to student longs for as long as my wife and I were.
I will be 44 this month and feel I should be focusing on our kids future and retiring. What do you think???
2. "If your career is solid I wouldn’t do it" In response to Reply # 0
Degrees are over rated unless you are locked out of an industry or you need one to make that paper. If it’s just to show your kids you finished something I guess I get it but IMO save that paper for those kids.
6. "I think you should still do it, just lower the priority a little" In response to Reply # 0
Doing it for your own personal satisfaction is a valid reason to continue but since there's little to no financial or professional return on investment and you want to help the kids out with college, you'll just need to compromise on the school you go to and/or how fast you complete your degree.
Maybe you can find a cheaper school that will also let you complete your degree at your own pace.
7. "Everyone else has already made some solid points, but ..." In response to Reply # 0
... my general thought process is that if your company is willing to pay for even a decent portion of it, do it. Right now your job situation is good and steady. And from what I understand (and you touched on this) IT jobs are not super difficult to find if you're established in the industry.
But if shit hits the fan whether due to this horrible administration or some other reason, and you *can't* find a job as easily, it's good to have that piece of paper to stick out against other candidates.
But again, for me, it would depend on whether or not my company was willing to pay for it. School debt sucks.
9. "How long has it been since you left? I doubt credits carry on too long" In response to Reply # 0
Usually there are term limits for graduation. Something like 10 years from your start date
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13. "I just registered for JC again" In response to Reply # 0 Fri Jan-12-18 02:38 PM by Playa_Politician
attended and failed a few classes 10 years ago. same boat as you (bit younger tho), i'm in IT and doing just fine. but the lack of a degree (don't even have associates) hurts my growth opportunities if i ever want to get into management. I'm going to shoot for my Associate's degree and at the end of that i'll figure out if i want to move on to bachelors. i figure only going part time it will take me 3-4 years to just get my Associate's degree. or I may attend the first few classes and remember why i stopped going 10 years ago, school just wasn't for me.