Learn and Gain Financial Stability

In these troubled times many of us are asking ourselves “what about the future?”, “What happens if I lose my job tomorrow”, And “where will I be in five years”. Although the answers to these questions are relatively vague there is something you can do to insure your financial stability for the future. I recommend that you go back to school and get a higher education.

Whether you are a high school drop-out or a college graduate it can only beneficial to go back to school. With the rough economy and job losses all over the country having a higher education is the key to getting ahead. These times are tough and many of us are being laid off, leaving us with nothing to do except look for work (which, in most, places isn’t there).

There are a lot of options floating out there for financial assistance for attending college. You can apply for federal financial aid by completing the Federal Application for Federal Financial Aid (FASFA) by going into your local college and picking up a form, or online. Federal financial aid is given in the form of grants or loans. The sooner you fill out the application the better chances you have of receiving grants. You can also apply for loans and scholarships online. Your local community college will have a financial aid department that will be full of resources for you to access when considering how to pay for college.

Then there is the question of what to study. There are a lot of courses now that are two years or less that will get you a professional certificate so that when you are done, whether the economy looks up or not, you will be more prepared to get and keep a job, most likely with higher wages than you have had before. It will give you the opportunity to do something that makes you happy and be financially stable.

I recently enrolled in my local community college. Right now I am just going to be studying general classes to get my placement up to college level, and it gives me some time to decide what I want to do with my life. All of the staff is always very friendly and helpful. I walked in very nervous and unsure, wanting to run back out the door and I walked out confident, secure, and happy. I cannot wait until I begin!

So, if you are sitting around stressing about what is going to happen with your future, if you may loose your job, if the job market will ever be what it was in the past, take my advice – go to school! Sitting around on your butt worrying or being depressed is not going to get you anywhere. Take a stand for yourself and your future by furthering your education!

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