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8/20/11 3:46 AM
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anthiak
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So long story short I'm enrolled at a 4 year college and I'm a junior. I have to continue school part time and find full time work that can pay the bills because I now have a baby on the way. I'm a Computer Information Systems major.

I think starting in the spring I'm going to enroll at a local Community Tech college for a certification program. They're all 21 credit hours or less and they provide the certification testing covered by financial aid which my current school doesn't. The certs could get me a good job in the mean time and I could always go back for the degree just to prove to myself that I did it; plus I'm sure a BS would help me rise in whatever field I enter.

Is this a good idea? I mean it seems like the best means to my end in this situation since I need to get my shit together before my kid enters the school system.
8/20/11 4:04 AM
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anthiak
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I guess some other advice I'd like is; money wise, what cert path should I go for initially? I like most computer fields. They offer a ton of different cert programs. The comptia stuff, ccna, microsoft certs, security, etc. I live in the greater chicagoland area so it's not like I won't be able to find work in any of these fields.
8/20/11 11:42 AM
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big_slacker
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If you want advice, mine is to suck it up and finish the degree. Certs and entry level jobs are the easy part, college is rough to finish with a career and family.

And seriously, you've got a baby on the way. Trust me on this one dude, you want to do as much time consuming things (like school) BEFORE that kid is born. Babies introduce a special kind of chaos, plan killing and anti-focus that you have yet to experience. :D
8/20/11 2:57 PM
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reagan123
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Not saying this is true everywhere, but in my area, most jobs require a college degree to get the interview. I'd stick it out and finish the degree if possible.

If you stop now, It will be very hard to go back later.
8/21/11 11:29 PM
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anthiak
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well the thing is I won't be stopping. I'll just be transferring schools for 2-3 semesters. I'm a part time student either way and for all I know the courses I take after transferring will transfer back and apply towards my BS.

IDK. Ill get it figured out. Thanks.

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