Since it looks like I may be unemployed for a while, I'm trying to be creative and think of alternatives to the career path I was on. I keep coming back around to the idea of returning to school.
My biggest regret in life was not completing my original studies for my bachelor degree. It was an uninformed decision of mine at a time where I was young and out of money.
I've managed to achieve a lot for someone who doesn't have a degree, but this job loss has underscored the importance of a degree to me.
Of course, it would help if I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. Based on my prior career choices and experiences, I could pick a few paths.
COMMUNICATIONS: This was the degree I was working on, back in the days when I had big hair and bigger ideas - that I'd be a radio DJ or program director. It's probably a good thing that I didn't go ridiculously into debt for that degree, since commercial radio is almost dead and DJs make slightly less than a cashier at Target. (Of course, I can't get a job there, either.)
WRITING/MEDIA/PUBLISHING: An industry that may not be dying, but is shrinking. My last shot at a full-time media job ended with me getting tossed from the pier, so I'm a bit wary. Also, media programs are insanely expensive.
PARALEGAL: There are some things about this program that appeal to me. A paralegal program can be done in two years. It's cheaper than a full four-year program. And I have some experience in this area. I'm just not sure if this would be a satisfying career for me. I like organization and research, but this could also bore me to death.
LIBERAL ARTS DEGREE: These degrees sometimes have a bad connotation - placemarker programs for people who don't know what they want. But in this new business environment where flexibility and agility are must-haves, a liberal arts degree might be an asset. I could focus on the things I do well, and develop strengths in other areas as well.
The hardest - and scariest - step for me is to face the bureaucracy and red tape that's part of applying to university. Will I be able to transfer any of my old credits? Will I get any grants? Is it too late to apply for fall? Am I a "non-traditional" student?