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Unread 08-09-2012, 09:55 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Default Do you feel it's worth going back to school at 45 with the way the economy is now??

My husband hasn't had much luck with jobs since he immigrated here from England a few years ago. Now he want to go to school, but not sure for what yet.

Sometimes I wonder if it's worth getting into all this debt and still not being able to possibly find a job or maybe it would be better to start a home business of some sort.

Has anyone been in this situation? Did you go through with getting a degree?
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Unread 08-09-2012, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Whoville....
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It depends on what he studies. Some majors will leave him with good prospects and some won't. He needs to figure out what he wants to study first and then he needs to look at the long term need within the profession.

Good luck.
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Unread 08-09-2012, 11:21 AM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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At 45, he will be working at least 20+ more years. It would be most defintiely worth him going back to school to improve his skills. Starting a business takes mega-bucks, and many hours beyond the regular work day. If he can/wants to do that, and has a good business plan, it might be worth a try. Most new businesses do fail, however.
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Unread 08-09-2012, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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At 45? Eh, that's pushing it in my opinion. Is he going for an undergrad or grad degree? What field of study is he leaning towards?
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Unread 08-09-2012, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Plymouth, MN
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yes, it is absolutely worth getting a degree! he won't get any smarter by not getting one, thats for sure.
may be it is not necessery to go the best school possible at this point, but having a degree always helps. if anything, it will boost his chances to get a job interview later down the road.

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Unread 08-09-2012, 11:33 AM
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At 45? Eh, that's pushing it in my opinion. Is he going for an undergrad or grad degree? What field of study is he leaning towards?
How old are you, just out of curiosity? I decided at about age 55 that would be pushing it, for me to get a master's. 45, I'd say go for that degree!
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Unread 08-09-2012, 04:29 PM
 
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It seems to me that a graduate degree might be worthwhile.
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Unread 08-09-2012, 04:54 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA... where the nest is now empty!
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At 45? Eh, that's pushing it in my opinion.
How so?
That's 25 years until retirement.
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Unread 08-09-2012, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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How old are you, just out of curiosity? I decided at about age 55 that would be pushing it, for me to get a master's. 45, I'd say go for that degree!
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How so?
That's 25 years until retirement.
I'm 19. I did one semester of college and dropped out. I know I'll get bashed for that but I don't really care. I just think that 45 is like that point in your life where you should already be well into some sort of career, whether you like it or hate it. My dad's only like 43 and he never graduated HS or went to college and he wanted to go back to school but he couldn't even pass the entrance exams for the local university.

I mean really, isn't the 45 year old mind more career-oriented than college-oriented?
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Unread 08-09-2012, 05:25 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA... where the nest is now empty!
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And to GET that career, you often need to get an education!
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