My husband and I married young and, while he worked and graduated college, I chose to stay home with our kids. We both agreed being home was best for our family, but I wanted more challenge (and money) than that offered, so I opened a home-based child care. I have been doing this for the past 8 years, quite successfully. While I have enjoyed the job and feel like I’m good at it, I am, once again, ready to move onto something more challenging (not to mention, I would really like my house back).

My question is this:
I am about to quit and go back to school. I have been looking forward to going back to school for many years but, honestly, I don’t have any idea what I want to do.  I don’t feel like I have the luxury of time because my goal is to get a degree and get me back into the job market as quickly as possible, but I want a job that will be stimulating and useful. My husband keeps saying just having ANY degree is the goal… is that true?


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  1. Penelope Trunk
    Penelope Trunk says:

    Try some jobs before you go back to school. And when you are applying for jobs, don’t forget to tell people you have been running your own business for the last eight years. That means a lot. (Downplay the childcare part of it. It’s not fair that people don’t admire that, but they don’t.)

    You probably don’t need to go to school to do the job you’d like to do. If you do find that you love a certain job, but you need a degree to do it, then go to school.

    It doesn’t sound to me like you have any reason, right now, to go to school. It sounds to me like you need to get a job. That will make you feel best about yourself.


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