Going Back To School After Being Laid Off

With the height of the recent recession coming to an end, there are still many communities across the U.S. with high unemployment rates. If you're one of the many people who were laid off during the recession and are now struggling to regain steady employment, you may want to consider going back to school to earn a degree. The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics predicts that by 2018, two-thirds of employers will require higher education or training from their employees, which means a degree is becoming more valuable and there's never been a better time to get one to revamp your career.

Career change
You could take this opportunity to go into a new career altogether and pursue a job in a field that you've always dreamed about. You may want to look into what types of careers are in demand in your area, then choose one that fits your interests and goals. You can use your past work experience and put it towards your degree program, and even if you have some credits that you've already taken, you may be able to transfer them toward your new degree. Even past work experience can earn you credits toward your new program. You won't have to worry about taking general education classes or core classes that you already have experience in.

Developing your skills
If you're satisfied with the industry that your last job was in, you could always use a degree to broaden and expand your skills and knowledge. This will make you more attractive to employers, who often look for experience and plenty of know-how from potential new hires. A degree shines on any resume because employers know that if you successfully completed a program, you have what it takes to get the job done.

Marketing yourself
Along with the courses in your new degree program, you should look into taking electives that will help your knowledge of the industry along even further. You'll be able to explore new aspects of your field and learn about ideas and concepts that adhere to your interests. You may even want to take advantage of any clubs or volunteering activities on campus, as these can stand out on your resume and provide you with even more valuable experience.

Earning a degree can help you find a job faster, and with so many options in today's colleges, like online learning and credit transfer policies, the degree-earning process accommodates to more schedules and is less time consuming than ever before.

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