Education After Job Termination

Dealing with a job termination is naturally a very difficult process. However, there are some potential benefits to losing your job.

Once you get through the shock of no longer having a reliable source of income, you will realize how much freedom you have. Before looking for a new job, you should ask yourself if you were truly happy with your last career. Even if you did enjoy what you were doing, you should consider if there is room for advancement in your former career industry. You should even consider whether you might have retained your old job if you had better qualifications.

If you are interested in starting a new career, or simply want an advantage in the career you last held, you should consider using your newfound freedom to attend school. Not only will you be building important work skills by going back to school, but you will also be doing something productive with your time. If nothing else, you can use your new school experience to fill in any job gaps in on your resume. If you are interested in going back to school after losing your job, it is important to consider both the pros and cons.

Considering the Costs

Going back to school can be very expensive. If you have just lost your job, the last thing you may want to do is spend money on your education. However, you should think of your education as an investment in yourself. You may initially be spending a large amount of money, but if your greater education leads to you getting a better job, the money you are making should make up for what you spend going to school.

When looking at the costs for going back to school, you should also look into financial assistance. If you previously went to college before starting your career, you likely applied for different grants and scholarships. However, when you attend college later in your life, there are new grants and scholarships available. Something a lot of adult students are not aware of is the large number of federal grants available to adults who are going back to college. There are also numerous, private grants available to adults going back to school, as well. It is not uncommon for adults returning to college to end up with better financial options compared to a younger student attending college for the first time. Look for funding for school online, as well as through state-specific scholarships and loans in your area.

Finally, you should look at which grants are available for certain professions. There are some professions that are in very high demand. For example, currently, both nurses and teachers are sought after. Special grants are created to appeal to these professions. If you already have experience working in one of these fields, or if it is a field you are interested in transitioning into, you should have no problem getting one of these grants. Not only are you entering into a field you know is in high demand, but many of these grants lead to future employment programs.

Degrees vs. Certification

If you previously spent four or more years going to college before working, the last thing you may want to do is dedicate several more years to pursuing an education. However, going back to school does not always mean pursuing a new degree. If you already have a degree, and do not plan on switching into a new career, you should focus on taking classes that will boost your existing resume.

Look at what sort of certification classes are available for your career. For example, if you work in a technology-related field, you could take a programing or web development class to develop new skills. Many certification classes are completed in a relatively short period of time. Taking a few weeks to complete a class may end up making or breaking how successful you are at your next job interview. In addition, the more certifications you have, the greater the chances you have of negotiating for a higher payrate at your next job interview.

Building Connections

Another benefit of going back to school after a job termination is it gives you an opportunity to network. Many professors and instructors help students find jobs after graduation. Professors and instructors often have great connections. Not only will they help you find employment but having a recommendation from your professor or instructor will give you a huge boost during your job interview. In order to make the most of networking with professors or instructors, you must be active during class. Show your teacher how hard you are willing to work. If your teacher knows you are willing to put forth the effort in the classroom, he or she will feel much more comfortable personally recommending you to his or her professional contacts.

If you are attending a college, you should check whether your college has career services. Most colleges have a career assistance program available. These programs help with various areas, including networking and building your resume. Outside of a school setting, you would normally have to pay money to receive the level of career assistance available for free while attending school.

Many colleges also host networking events. It is not uncommon for colleges to host job fairs, which are great ways to learn more about what businesses are in the area, as well as what sort of skills these businesses seek.

Learn to Focus on Time Management

If you are planning on returning to school, you should not underestimate how challenging school can be. If you have spent the last several years working and advancing in your career, you may have forgotten how difficult it is to attend school. Time management for school is very different than time management for your job. In fact, attending school as an adult is often harder than when you first attended. When you first went to college, you most likely did not have as many commitments to manage as you do today.

Consider Online Courses

For many adults, taking online classes is much easier than attending school, in person. Online classes are particularly helpful if you are only interested in getting additional certification. Many online classes are taught in a shorter period than traditional classroom courses, which is very helpful if you do not want to spend a long period of time unemployed. In some situations, you may even be able to complete an online course, while actively looking for a new job.

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