A former stay-at-home mom returning to the work force a bit late in life

by Gretchen
(Rice Lake, WI)

Gretchen asks:
I have been a stay-at-home mom since my kids were born. Now that my children are much older (one in high school and one in college), I'd like to make a change away from working the meager, entry-level retail jobs I've been doing on a part-time basis for the last few years. My big problem is that I only have an Associate Degree and I don't have a great amount of full-time work experience.

I'm not even sure where to begin, but I'm wondering if one of my best options would be to obtain a Bachelor Degree, then pursue full-time work somewhere? I feel like without a degree my options are very limited.


Ellen answers:
In today's economic climate, simply getting a degree is no guarantee that you will get a job! First you need to figure out what you want to do, what is your ideal career? Please see my resources page and my step-by-step guide to help you figure that out. Once you know what your target industry and job is, you can make a plan to get that job. It would be terrible if you spent years of your time and thousands of dollars on a college education only to find you could not get a job in your field (which is happening to graduates now) or that you really don't like the field. Depending on what your "dream job" is, you may not even need a college degree.
Good luck!

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