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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  • SisterSarah

    "If all else fails, the good ole’ refund check will definitely assist you. Keep in mind, this money has to be paid back;…"

    What is this referring to?

    I've been thinking about this a lot as I was recently laid off and my biggest hurdle is definitely financial. My expenses are low and I could live off my savings for a year, but finding the money to cover tuition stumps me. I know there's a lot of grants and scholarships out there, but I'm not sure where to start looking. I'd love to see an article about ways to find money for school, for adults!

  • I did it two years ago to do my Masters in Urban Planning and it was the best thing I ever did. I was in a job that paid well but I didn't like the work environment. I ended up getting a part time job at a retail store that is used to hiring students so they were extremely flexible. I ended up going on two study abroads to Italy and India, something I've always wanted to do. In response to Win's question. are you accomplishing this task with children?' I don't have kids, but there were a lot of people in my program who did and it is possible! It takes some organization and some support, family, friends, even fellow students. When I was little my mom was getting her bachelor's and she used to pick me up from daycare and we kept it moving to her night classes, I colored in the back of the classroom and she got her study on. Just some organization and will power but Completely possible!

  • Win

    I am seriously thinking about this, but @Keisha and Samantha, "Did, and are you accomplishing this task with children?"

  • samantha

    im doing it now and it feels great

  • Keisha

    I did and it was the best decision I have ever made.