Well these are my options. What do you think?
August 8, 2011 3:43 PM Subscribe
Do I juggle work and school or just go to school and live off my savings and loans
posted by Rubbstone to Work & Money (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm currently attending Georgia Tech with an intended degree in Computer Engineering and I have been doing over the phone support for Thinkpads and ThinkCentres for about 3 years now. I took classes last semester and got acceptable if not stellar grades while working full time and taking classes part time. I'm now looking to ramp up to full-time for school and was previously under the impression that I could drop to 20 hours at work in order to facilitate that. I was informed today that dropping to 20 hours is not feasible. I'm not sure what I should do. I have close to 4000 which will cover living expenses for the semester but in after that I will need additional loans to the tune of 5000 per year during the semester to cover my living expenses. My parents aren't really in a positionto help. Work would not cover the cost of going to school part time and the Financial Aid has already stated that I need to complete more hours to retain good standing
I already have a degree in Physics most of which was done on Full Scholarship but as I like to joke HR depts don't have any imagination so I'm not sure if making the transition to Computer Programming Full time is possible with my credentials as they are now. I also don't qualify for any grants due to the degree I have.
1. Go back to school and get even more loans than I was planning.
2. Manage work and school and try and improve my GPA
3. Just go to work and get fired when the whole place closes in 18 months
4. Get to work on my resume and try and use my network to get jobs in the 40-60k range which I would be satisfied with. (I actually do have a friend who said he would try and reccomend me for a job with a top 5 consulting firm.
5. Apply for Grad school ( I do well on tests)
6. Chuck it all