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#1550 - 06/07/2009 22:36 PM 28 year old guy wanting to return to school.
Sir Thrifty Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 05/25/2009
So I went to school right after high school. I graduated high school in 1999, then spent 2 and a half years in community college, finishing with an Associate's Degree in computer network engineering in December 2001. Life wasn't particularly easy after that. I bounced around several jobs, never being anywhere for more than a year and a half. At present, I work in desktop technical support. It's okay work, but the social aspect really wears me down sometimes.

I'm on contract with my current company until the end of 2010. There's a possibility that they'd make me a full time employee after that, but it's not a strong one, and I hate the company anyway.

I'd sort of like some more stability. I mean, a career in computer support is okay in terms of stability. When you have experience, the demand is out there. It's easier than moving through some career fields.

It's stressful though. Contacting users, getting details, clumsily stammering through software issues I barely understand. It's frustrating. It's about 75% customer service and 25% technical.

I'd like to break into something a little more technical. I've had a dream of becoming an engineer since I was a teenager. When I actually entered college though, I was so desperate to get through it and start working that I just got the Associate's degree in computer networking and then clawed my way into the workforce.

Since then, I've regretted not getting a full degree. Lately I've thought about going back to college.

Here's my situation... I am 28 years old (will be 29 when my contract with my current company expires in 2010). I'm single, I have no kids. I don't own a home. I have a fair amount of debt that will be paid off by the end of 2010. Is it insane of me to just drop out of the workforce and go to school full time after my time at my current company ends? I mean, 18 year olds go off as full time students all the time. What do they have that I don't? Am I being crazy?

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#1552 - 06/08/2009 04:23 AM Re: 28 year old guy wanting to return to school. [Re: Sir Thrifty]
msgoldrush Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 05/28/2009
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Is it insane of me to just drop out of the workforce and go to school full time after my time at my current company ends? I mean, 18 year olds go off as full time students all the time. What do they have that I don't? Am I being crazy?


Nope but the question is, who will finance you if you go back to college (as a full time student)? Engineering is a hard one however if you believe you can make it... Then do it!!!

Please read my post,Click here!


Edited by msgoldrush (06/08/2009 04:27 AM)

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#1555 - 06/08/2009 07:37 AM Re: 28 year old guy wanting to return to school. [Re: msgoldrush]
Sir Thrifty Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 05/25/2009
Originally Posted By: msgoldrush
Quote:
Is it insane of me to just drop out of the workforce and go to school full time after my time at my current company ends? I mean, 18 year olds go off as full time students all the time. What do they have that I don't? Am I being crazy?


Nope but the question is, who will finance you if you go back to college (as a full time student)? Engineering is a hard one however if you believe you can make it... Then do it!!!

Please read my post,Click here!


Yeah that's what I wonder too. How do the kids do it?

Also that link doesn't work.

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#1557 - 06/10/2009 23:55 PM Re: 28 year old guy wanting to return to school. [Re: Sir Thrifty]
Mikiesox Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 06/10/2009
Well plenty of kids go to school and work at the same time. I'd say most have financial assistance from their parents. Engineering is going to be a difficult major too, it requires a lot of attention. I am about to start into Chemical Engr. this fall, and have already planned NOT to work during these years, except in the summer, perhaps by interning and gaining practical experiences.

Good luck!

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