Brutally honest advice needed
I am 40 years old. I need to complete 42 credits to get my Bachelors Degree. I am on layoff / reduced hours due to Covid at a company that I've spent nearly 20 years at. It was an emotional decision but about a month ago, I decided it was time for me to move on from the company.
I've applied at a minimum of 2 jobs each day for the last 30 days. Nothing. No interviews, rejections, nothing at all. My LinkedIn is updated, I updated my resume. I've attended webinars and classes.
Question 1) Will going back to college increase my employability, in a normal non pandemic world? (I realize the pandemic has created a very large pool of unemployed people looking for work - and this is not normal)
Question 2) Is going back to college going to affect my income at a new job?
If I were 20, the answer to both of the questions would be YES. But at 40? What is the return on investment?
Emotionally - I want to do it. I am 99% sure I will do it, for pride, confidence, personal dream/goal for myself.
I need the 1% reassurance that this this is a good financial investment. Especially at a time when money is tight.
We went to college in the 90s, started our careers when cell phones were a luxury that came with a shoulder bag and fax machines were the newest tech.
Here we are now, in what should be the best years of our career facing an ever changing work culture that sees established Boomers still running the show with Millennials expecting to be the next leaders. Meanwhile we just want to take a vacation, make sure the kids get to soccer practice and fund our 401k.
Keep it on topic, be decent humans, no keyboard warriors.