Going back to school but need advice!!

Nicole - posted on 05/21/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Ok so here's my situation... I attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln my freshman year in 2002-2003. I took a few classes at our community college the next year or the year after that. But then we had kids and I just decided to stay at home. Now, not only am I going crazy, but my husband is a trucker (I hate that word but that's what he does!) and he just got rid of his trucks because there just isn't anywhere to pull from! The freight either isn't there or not paying enough. He's going to run for a company in a company truck now. Sooo he'll be gone about 5 days (and nights) per week. And our income has dramatically dropped, and been non-existent the last month or so!

Anyway, it's time I do something. I know it's not a quick fix and in reality, it's either stay at home and not go to school, or stay at home and do go to school because 2 kids in daycare... take that off a $10/hr job and I would be working for nothing. So I figured now is better than later.

My problem though now, is what to major in? Or what program at the community college to go into. I thought about Physical Therapy Assisant, but I'm not so sure. I want to start classes this summer already so I really need to figure this out. I know no one can really tell me what to major in, but I need some ideas to look into. I love English, but what jobs can you get with an English major? And I thought about nursing, but I really hate blood. I know I wouldn't want to stand in a Pharmacy all day, and I'd love to do something like Law or Accounting, but really don't think I have all that time for school. I need to try to find something that won't take me so many years to complete.

So... any suggestions for me? I'm at a loss here.

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Lee - posted on 07/07/2009

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Well, you could get a general degree, but it would be more beneficial if you declared a major. It seems like you're leaning toward the medical field or law something...what if you start by taking your general education classes and then poking around in different areas to see what really peaks your interest?

Cidalia - posted on 06/09/2009

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Legal office assistant or bookkeeping don't take a lot of schooling, and you'd be doing something you're interested in.

Cidalia - posted on 06/09/2009

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You mentioned Law or accounting... why not start off with a legal office assistant diploma or bookkeeping diploma? Those don't usually take a heck of a lot of schooling, and eventually if you want to upgrade to something more, you could. I myself am going back to school for legal office administration and once I'm making some decent income, I'm considering part-time school to become a law clerk and possibly even a lawyer in the long run.

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If you like the law angle, try a para-legal program. You can usually get a certificate from a community college.

Alisa (Ally) - posted on 05/25/2009

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Most Colleges have test that you can take to help you decided your career what works best for you, what personality you have, things along those lines.....Go to the career
center at the schools, ask how to go about getting tested. It does seem to help along the way

Nicole - posted on 05/25/2009

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Thank you so much ladies. I am considering trying to get a CNA because it's one quarter and then I believe a test. I was considering doing that and work part time (try to jam it in on the weekends and have our parents help if my husband is on the road) and do classes during the week or online for an LPN. Then, when my kids are a little older I plan to go back for my RN. I hope it all works out that way. I can't really think of much else!

Lisa - posted on 05/21/2009

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I understand where you are coming from Nicole, when I had my daughter I still had another year before I got my biology pre-med degree, but I knew I would need some kind of income cause I need to pay for rent and everything else, even though boyfriend is helping, we need more money. So what I did was look for jobs in HEALTHCARE. There are jobs that don't require you to work with peoples bodily fluids, and that field is one that is constantly hiring. What you can do is go to hospital websites in your area and see what job openings they have. If you see a common position like nursing assistant, medical billing, etc. See how much experience is needed and what certifications (A lot of certifications can be completed in 2-4 months) you should look online and see if there are any courses that you can take that won't take forever and begin. I have no problem with blood and there was a job open for a phlebotomy tech which is someone who takes a patients blood and runs it to the lab, and I got my certification in 4 weeks and began working the next month. I really hope this helps you out and I know you can find something you can enjoy.

Julia - posted on 05/21/2009

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I am a single mom of two. I'm going to college for medical billing and coding. I would rather be going to school for accounting. Medical billing and coding is 3 semesters at my community college. I didn't want to be a nurse either because I don't like blood. Good luck!

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