Should I go on to get a higher education eventhough I’m currently unemployed??

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Hello. I am a 23 year old female who is currently unemployed at the moment and I am going out everyday and doing extensive job search through the Internet and the newspapers. I apply for whatever job is out there and I get no call backs so I decide that I want to go back to school to get a higher education so I want to major in Fashion and Retail Management at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh-online so I registered for class, I filled out the FAFSA form for financial aid and all and I even asked my aunt and cousin for their views on me going back to school to get a degree even though I’m unemployed and have no income. They both told me that I should wait until I can get a job and take care of my personal finances but the thing is that I have no job and no money to take care of my bills and I SERIOUSLY think that by getting a higher education, it would look good on my resume and I can get a good paying career so that I can take care of all my bills and get out of debt. What do you guys think? Should I wait until I get a job or should I go to school so that I can pursue my career???

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    Feller
    June 26, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Higher education is always the way to go, however if you currently are on unemployment they will not allow it. This is a disqualification. I think that if you can afford it through loans etc that you definitely should go back to school because a lot of Americans are doing the same thing, this will keep you busy until the market balances and it will keep you up with the competition.

    On the lighter side, if you need money while going to school I suggest that you look at the internet for some sort of extra income. Its easy to make money online little bits build up to large chunks ; )

    Here is a list of things you might want to try.
    Blogging , Affiliate Marketing, Surveys, Social Marketing… obviously you will have to do some work but you always get what you put in.

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    Devorah R
    June 26, 2011 at 9:59 am

    If your goal in going to school is to support yourself after you finish the program, you should get information about their placement rate for their graduates. In general, people with more education are qualified for more jobs.

    More jobs are usually available in fields that may be less glamorous, like health care, accounting, and computer science. Some of the students who major in fashion design or theater get jobs in their fields, but many never do.
    Call the school, and ask to speak to someone who helps place graduates. Either get satisfactory answers, or withdraw your registration. If you start going to classes, you will probably owe money. You may owe a percentage of the tuition even if you withdraw before classes start.
    One strategy that people use if their ambitions are higher than their budget is to take a short course that makes them more employable, and then work part-time or full time at a better job while they continue working on a long term goal.
    Another thing to do is head to the nearest library and start to look for scholarship information. If you could get accepted into a college and get your FAFSA submitted, you have something going for you – just keep going at it.

    Is this something that you’ve wanted to do for a long time, or is this just something to do to do something? If it’s what you really want, even if the odds are low, your enthusiasm may turn you into one of the people who succeed.

    Good luck.

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    PE2008
    June 26, 2011 at 9:59 am

    On of the unfortunate aspects of the recession is that worthless for-profit “schools” take advantage of naive students and get them to sign up for expensive courses that lead nowhere.

    “Fashion & Retail Management” is not “Higher Education”. There are many retail people out of work right now and it does no good to add to the long lineup for jobs.

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