Wednesday, November 10, 2010

School’s Out

With the economy and job market the way they are, many people have made the decision to go back to school.
This is by no means a bad idea, but simply using school as a way to ignore the problem of unemployment may lead to another dead end.
To start, maybe the reason you are having a hard time finding a job is because your resume is not eye-catching enough, and that has nothing to do with work or education history. It just may be presented in a way that is not standing out among the others on an employer’s desk.
In addition, if you have a great resume, but know you interview poorly due to the stress, then it won’t matter how many degrees you have, the issues holding you back will persist even after you decide to return to the working world.
Yet, taking a class or brushing up on skills you identify as required for the kinds of positions you are going after, is a wise decision. And in the meantime, telling an employer you are a quick study, have grasped new things quickly all your life, and always look to learn more to stay on top of the field, is never a bad statement.
When you decide to go back to school simply to avoid the poor economy, it’s not so much a matter of running away, as it is ignoring the problem. Not only will you not be putting your best foot forward, you will just continue to pile up expenses through tuition.
Continuing an education can be the right choice. Just make sure that when you throw your hands up in the air and say you’re going back to school, you are doing it for the right reasons, and with some specific goals. And give some added thought to whether you could get a job right now with the education and skills you possess, if you presented them in a way that makes it easy for employers to see how you’d contribute.
Education is always a wise choice, but the school of preparedness is never out for summer.

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