I am in my early thirties and have decided to go back to school full time. I am married, a mother and work full time as the breadwinner in our household. This is making me really nervous.
I love my day job. It is wonderful, but I have been there for five years and as we all know nothing truly lasts forever. I am afraid of the day in which this job is no longer an option for me. What will I do then?
I never finished college previously. I was the typical disaster youth. I went but with no real direction. Community colleges were the only schooling available here and quite frankly I was not interested in nursing or getting a business management degree. People I went to high school with had already graduated and were working in retail management, making less money than I was and with way more debt.
So, was it really worth it? At the time I have to say no. I dropped out. I continued working and moved around with various jobs until I landed the one that I have now. Again, I am very happy with it, but just in case… what next? While retail management is a respectable career, it is not one that I want to go back to.
So that leaves me with getting a degree and looking toward a new career path. Having a degree opens up a lot more opportunity it seems, even if the job is not in line with your degree oddly enough.
The concerning part to me is that I have not done anything like this in a rather long time, and the responsibilities I have are much more now than they were then. Will I be able to juggle everything so that nothing is left behind? Can I give more of myself to make this happen?
Did you go to school after having a full time life? How did you manage it? Was it worth it in the end?