What degree/trade is worth the student loans?
August 9, 2013 2:59 PM Subscribe
I've got a little money I'm thinking about turning into some classes/training for a serious career change. With education at such a high price, I would need to pick a career/trade that can pay off the loans I would need to complete. I'm looking at trades, skilled craftwork, 2-year degrees, and 4-year degrees. Got any suggestions?
posted by Foam Pants to education (26 answers total) 27 users marked this as a favorite
I've been thinking a lot lately about turning a money windfall from a recent contract into a career change. I'm currently a graphic designer who's increasingly shuttled into web work... that I don't enjoy and frankly SUCK AT. Some details
- I love graphic design but nobody wants to pay for it. Not a lot of jobs here
- I've got a 4-year BS in Anthropology, world's most useless degree. Also, youth and temporary idiocy contributed to me barely graduating, AKA bad grades
- I'm attracted to jobs where something concrete gets done. I'd rather do a trade than work in finance
- I've handled a lot of my own home improvement and found that I may be ignorant but I enjoy the work
- I'll admit that I am attracted to the respect people give skilled tradespeople and science-oriented careers
- I enjoy doing specialty things where people pay you because you have specialized knowledge
- I can handle math, physics, and chemistry but I'd need to take remedial classes
- My best subjects were always English and history but I doubt I could ever pay back loans with a career in either
- I'm 37, so, I'm not exactly at the beginning of my working life. I don't want to spend the rest of my career working off my loans
- I'm worried that trades will include an apprenticeship. Will anyone be willing to take on a 37 year old woman?
- I live in an area with a lot of mining, fishing, government employment, and tourism (Southeast Alaska)
Some jobs I have given thought to:
- Diesel engine repair
- Specializing in some crazy historical trade, like stonework (See here)
- Some other option I never knew existed
This is a weird question, I know. All my family are farmers and teachers. All my friends are cooks, office assistants, and programmers. I've somehow managed to reach middle age without a lot of knowledge of the world of work.