In this troubled economy, manufacturing and other traditionally middle-income jobs have fallen by the wayside leaving many millions of people out of work across the country. Even those who have managed to maintain gainful employment through years of tribulations are facing instability, pay freezes, an end to upward mobility and few options for changing the landscape with a new job at a different company.
With ideological gridlock clamping down on Washington D.C., there is little hope politicians will lead the way to a solution. The business community – including the stock market – has been hammered so badly by fiscal problems and uncertainty that no one wants to make the brash decisions that tend to lead the way toward resolution.
What Can Be Done
That scenario leaves us, as individuals, to figure out some way to right our respective financial boats and get back on track. Despite all the problems, experts still agree that advanced education at an accredited college or university is still the best way to improve personal career situations.
Now, that’s not to say a degree in Renaissance literature is going to be very useful in the new economy. Those types of liberal arts degrees may have already leapt over the brink. In other words, employers will be looking for workers with specific skill sets and any consideration of a post-high school academic tract should be focused on computers, medical, business management, law, finance, or a related industry that is expected to innovate and expand in the future.
All of these careers require advanced degrees whether a bachelor’s, graduate, business management, law or doctorate path is required. But before you can even enter those programs, testing is required that can singularly make or break your ascent to post-secondary education.
The SAT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT – these are some of the tests required for higher education course programs. They tend to cost upward of $100 or more to take and usually span several hours of work. Many people do not receive sufficient grades their first time around and must retake the bulky tests – at additional cost.
If that sounds like an insurmountable burden, consider there are assistance programs available to help attain sufficient test grades. For example, someone interested in pursuing a business management academic program will be required to take the GMAT test. But if you’re worried you may not be up to the challenge, or it’s been a number of years since you were last in an academic environment, there are GMAT classes that can help fill in the blanks and give you the tools to steam forward.
The point is there are pathways available for us to better our financial situations despite the environmental factors at play around us. Even though there is little we can do to control those elements, we still can make a difference individually by pursuing further education and bettering ourselves in the long-run.