Turning in Your Work Badge for a Student I.D.: How to Leave Work for School

June 30, 2011  |  

You’re working nine hour days and attempting to pursue higher education. Leaving you with a mental imbalance, no social life, and an over-stressed situation, you’re having thoughts of ditching your job to become a full-time student. After all, besides the money, you’re not feeling what your job has to offer your future anyway.

For a moment you may be wondering ‘who does that?’ Who quits a full-time job to become a student? Well surprisingly in the midst of a recession, many people are choosing to turn in their work badge for a student I.D.

While some graduate and PH.d programs may be considerate of your work schedule and offer flexible options, others aren’t and may even recommend that you don’t work at all. Most PH.d programs prefer you to commit yourself to a full-time student status. The idea of leaving a stable salary and impressive benefits is not ideal; however it may be the best option if you’re serious about your studies and furthering your education and eventually your career.

This is a tough situation that requires tons of thought, planning, and even more thought. Before deciding to transition into student mode, conduct a mental check. Ask yourself vital questions before making such a huge transition. Is this really the best option to achieve your goals? How will you handle those around you that try to sway you from your decision? Are you willing to make financial sacrifices if need be?

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