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Going back to college

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by DwaynieAD, Jun 20, 2014.

  1. Last edited: Jun 20, 2014
  2. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    Do it. I was 55-years-old when I went back to college. Studied journalism for two years. Nothing ever came of it professionally but I learned a whole lot about myself and even journalism ;) while I was there. I would do it again in a heart beat.
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  3. DerHoggz

    DerHoggz I like cats :| Banned

    Feb 13, 2009
    Western Pennsylvania
    Do it. You said you were 29? Lots of time ahead to benefit from the work you put in.
  4. I'm also in the go for it category.

    Don't know enough about the programs to say, does one fit your interests/open doors you're interested in - more than the other?

    Environmental and energy stuff are always going to be good for advancing.
  5. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Take advantage of it. They are spending the money because they believe it will help create more valuable employees. That = more job security where you are. Just doublecheck the fine print to make sure there aren't any strings attached whereby you have to repay if you leave the company too soon.
  6. Stewie26

    Stewie26 Supporting Member

    I went back when I was 29 also. Five years of night classes. In my case I only took classes that would advance me in the motion picture and video industry. Best thing I ever did. Do it.
  7. actually that is the exact opposite of their intent, they want to help people move on.
  8. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    Seems like a no brainer. They invest in you, you become more valuable both to them, yourself, and society.

    Absolutely do it.
  9. Stewie26

    Stewie26 Supporting Member

    Interesting...please explain.
  10. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Good for them - just doublecheck. The only employer benefit I would not go for is a company car, since that makes you beholden to the company.
  11. The Environmental Specialist with a focus on field assessment is what I'm heavily leaning toward. I am very interested in Wind Energy, but we are currently creating a mini bubble there that worries me, I don't want to get too much into that due to it's inherent political nature, but suffice it to say 15 years from now it could be a major issue.

    I guess I should edit the OP to reflect I'm more looking for opinions on the programs themselves not the actual act of me going back to school, I'm definitely going back to school.
  12. Stewie26

    Stewie26 Supporting Member

    It would be easier to judge if you listed your life goals. Just sayin.
  13. I work as a Customer Returns specialist in a warehouse for a very large online retailer. I'm sure most people on this forum have bought from them or actively buy from them. I general try to refrain from saying who it is, but let's just say it's named after a large river. or a large rainforest.

    The average span a warehouse worker spends in any one warehouse is 3 years.
    The company firmly believes you need new people in order to get new ideas, fresh perspective, and innovation
    In order to make room for new people it has initiated several programs to help people move on, this is one of them. this program actually will not even cover education that would make you more valuable to the company in question. It's very odd for people from outside to wrap their heads around, but it is what it is.
  14. If I knew what they were, I would. at this point:

    I don't want to wake up one morning be 50 years old and still in a warehouse
    I don't want to struggle to make ends meat (not that I do now)
    I want to enjoy what I do
  15. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    Even if it's just to cut out the employees who're getting too long in the tooth, it still seems like a worthwhile opportunity. I can't see any obvious downsides besides opportunity cost of attending another school that might be more valuable to your career and interests, but seeing as how you didn't phrase the post as "I'm debating between two university options..." I'll assume this is the only direction that you're currently considering in terms of further education.
  16. bass_case

    bass_case Maintain low tones. Supporting Member

    Oct 23, 2013
    Miami, FL
    I would contact the school/organization and ask for job placement figures for the areas you're interested in. I'm no expert but I don't know how many jobs are available in these areas. They may be localized (e.g. gotta have wind for wind power.) Education is wonderful but ultimately it's a means to an end.
  17. it's pretty much the only school that I could afford with the amount of money this program provides and my currently life situation makes it so I can not pay for schooling on my own.
  18. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    When I was 29, I was drunk.
  19. Stewie26

    Stewie26 Supporting Member

    Amazon is a unique company with a very progressive managing style. From what I know and have scene I like what they are doing. When you say "move on" does that mean departing Amazon or moving up in the ranks of the company? They have to be getting their supervisors and mid managers from somewhere. Anyway, it does not sound like you believe you have much of a future there.
  20. DerHoggz

    DerHoggz I like cats :| Banned

    Feb 13, 2009
    Western Pennsylvania

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