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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Which Comes First: Quit My Job or Get a Better Degree?

Perhaps you are sitting at your desk entertaining the thought of going back to school. But the question remains. Should you quit your job first or should you send in that program application.

There's no doubt that increasing your level of education is a good move to make for your career. But it might not be such a good idea to quit your job before you do. In fact, there's a good chance that you can have your cake and eat it, too. Here are both sides of the coin before you make your decision.

Quitting Your Job: The Risk Factors

Out in the Lurch. Quitting your job might free up more time to concentrate on your studies but it will leave you without a steady salary to pay your bills.
Breaking Your Stride. Another consideration to keep in mind is that quitting your job will break any career momentum that you may have built up.

The Best of Both Worlds

Income and Education. If you can somehow manage to juggle the two, earning an advanced degree while working will improve your potential as well as keep your income coming in.

Online Answers. An online program is a great way to manage both aspects of your life. An online program will allow you to earn your degree at your own pace without compromising your personal or professional responsibilities.

There is no denying that going to school and working full time will be a difficult task to realize. But nobody said that improving your position would be easy. If you play your cards right, you can earn that advanced degree while you are working and ready yourself for that next career step.


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