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I think there are a few important factors you should determine up front:
Why do you want an undergraduate degree?
What do you want to study (what will be your major)?
What is your ultimate goal; Is the degree to advance at work, for a new career, just for personal satisfaction?
Where do you want to go to school?
What type of collegeconventional college or correspondence college?
Some colleges offer adult/night school degree programs and some give credit for work experience.
How will you fund your education?
Does your employer offer tuition reimbursement?
A good site to go to for info is princetonreview.com
The college tab will take you to a ton of information on colleges, careers, etc.
Best of Luck.
Take the pay cut and work part-time. Get a loan or your parents to fund your schooling. Don't pass on college for work. Education will get you a far better paying job than work, UNLESS, you are in a profession where you can advance AND you like what you do.
If you are earning an undergraduate degree on a part-time basis, you must realize
you will probably be 35 or older by the time you graduate. What ever your profession
will be, you will be competing against 35 year people' who probably have some experience.
You might be at a disadvantage.
You are going through some very normal concerns. With good planning and good networking, you can make some real meaningful progress.
Please let me where you are going to school, what your major might be, why you chose it, and who might you know who is doing what you think that you want to do. Also, what is it you want to do in your career and why?
I am enclosing a link to my career advice blog, which was put together by the people at Career Village. Please review it, as it is a good way to become familiar with what I have learned over the years and through my teaching and coaching many people have had much success.
I would like to work with you as your mentor.
Looking forward to working with you to help you to reach fulfilment!
Believe it or not, you can earn an undergraduate degree AND work full-time. You just have to find the right educational resource to make it happen. Online degree programs and accelerated learning programs at colleges and universities have become more common, even for MBA's. I live in CA, but I earned my undergrad degree through Colorado State in two years. All while working full-time, being a parent, and caring for elderly parents. And I'm older than you. So get out there and do the research on opportunities like this. As long as the school/program is accredited and has a positive reputation, then it's a good choice.
Bottom line is this: If you put your mind to something, and you give it 100%, you can do anything. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.