Dear Monica: I’m a lady of a certain age and I have been out of school for nearly 20 years. I love my job but I’d really like to be promoted. With the position I’m currently in, I do not qualify for a promotion because I do not have enough college credits. I’m scared to go back to school. Really scared. I’ve been out of school for so long that I don’t think I can do it. Do I just accept that I won’t ever get a promotion or do I focus my efforts on something different. I do have a business part-time but I’m not as focused on my business nor returning back to school. I love my actual job and it’s really flexible. Even if I left this job, I would still not qualify without going back to college. Help. – B
Dear B: First, you have to decide what you truly want for your life. Do you want that promotion? Do you want to focus on your business? Or can you somehow do both? The feeling of fear and uncertainty are normal. I remember when I decided that I would go back to school for my Masters. I had been out of college for about 7 years. I was terrified. Honestly, half-way through I wanted to just quit. I did not and about a month ago I graduated with my Masters. It took me about two years to finish but I am so glad I took that leap. If you really want that promotion, you are going to have to do the very thing that scares you. Guess what, even if you don’t go back to school, the time will pass anyway and you will still be in that position. Are you okay with that? You mentioned your job was flexible. Are they willing to let you devote some time to school while at work? Some jobs understand that class credits are needed for promotion opportunity. Talk with your supervisor and see if they are willing to help you with class credits, financially and through support. I won’t sit here and say school will be a breeze. It will be difficult. You will second-guess yourself. You will want to quit. However, do not quit on you. And guess what, it’s only temporary. Temporary sacrifice for a lifetime gain. Here’s what I want you to do: Gather your transcripts and find out how many credits you truly need. Call a few schools in the area or even online and talk with them about their programs. Find a program that best suits your needs. Set a realistic timeframe to return back to school. This means paying for the class by that date. Now, as for your business, is your heart in your business? If school is just not in the cards for you, yes, you can definitely focus on your business. The choice is up to you. Make the choice that brings in additional income while being fulfilling to you. Either way, continually remind yourself that rather you sit stagnant or make strides towards accomplishing your goals, the time will pass anyway. As I always say, you have to get out of your own way and live the life you desire. You decide what is best for you but it may not be a walk in the park. However, it will all be worth it when you accomplish that very goal you’ve been desiring. Thanks for writing in!!
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