School first or job first?

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    Sep 14, 2013 8:10 PM GMT
    I have an opportunity to make 40k/year as a waiter in a fancy restaurant. I don't have a degree but still, I want 'making money' to be my top priority.

    Should I pursue a degree or just work with what I have?
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    Sep 14, 2013 8:13 PM GMT
    It's an "AND" not an "OR".

    You can do both. Also, there are alternatives to traditional, higher education such as professional certification and credentialing programs. These can allow you to get your foot in the door with an entry level job in your chosen field while then pursuing higher education.

    Today's workforce paradigm has changed. And, higher education is not a guarantee of success. There are other ways to obtain the marketable skills you need to get and keep the job you want.
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    Sep 14, 2013 8:15 PM GMT
    Making a lot of money will depend on your career/job goals. If you think you can make a lot of money working at a high end restaurant, go for it!
  • MikeW

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    Sep 14, 2013 8:21 PM GMT
    GAM is right *if* you want to work and go to school at the same time. Beyond that, too many unstated variables. For sure, earning a degree does not necessarily translate into "making money". It depends on the degree and how/whether you use it. Beyond what you're doing now, what do you want to do to "make money"?
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    Sep 14, 2013 8:27 PM GMT
    MikeW saidGAM is right *if* you want to work and go to school at the same time. Beyond that, too many unstated variables. For sure, earning a degree does not necessarily translate into "making money". It depends on the degree and how/whether you use it. Beyond what you're doing now, what do you want to do to "make money"?


    I still haven't figured out exactly what I want to do to make money. I'm leaning towards business management, finance, or entrepreneurship, so maybe getting an MBA would help.

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    Sep 14, 2013 8:28 PM GMT
    I will say education first. But if you have time for both, go for it.
  • e2ksj3355

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    Sep 14, 2013 8:35 PM GMT
    Definitely try to do both if you can. An education today goes a long way. icon_smile.gif