Going back to school tends to bring up a jumble of emotions. Whether you're a parent sending your child off to hit the books or you are a student yourself, excitement at the prospect of learning brings with it a host of questions. Is this the right school? Am I taking the right classes to get the job I want? Do I even need to be in school at all - and how am I going to pay for this anyway?
The concerns are all valid, but they don't have to trump the benefits (and fun) of returning to school. With a little preparation and planning, you can put yourself on the right path to get everything you can out of your school days and leave those hallowed school halls armed with the knowledge needed to launch the career you want.
Do I Need To Go To School?
Can education really make or break your career? Why not skip college and head right into the workforce? Andrea Santiago, About.com Guide to Health Careers, discusses the value of education and how a degree can help you both in and out of the office.
Do you have to have a degree to get a music industry job? The answer depends on the career path within the industry that you choose. The matter is actually the subject of much debate - find out what those in the business have to say on the subject and weigh in with your own experiences.
If your aspiration is a career in the medical industry, is a degree a necessity? About.com Guide to Health Careers Andrea Santiago offers advice on the importance of a degree for medical industry work and suggests jobs within the industry you can get without a college degree.
When is an undergraduate degree not enough? Dawn Rosenberg McKay, About.com Guide to Career Planning, helps you navigate the pros and cons and choose an appropriate graduate program.
When you're deciding if additional schooling is a worthwhile investment, it may help to understand how employers can reward continuing education. About.com Guide to Human Resources Susan Heathfield offers the view from the HR department of all of the opportunities for expanded responsibilities and benefits for employees who pursue more education. If these are the kinds of job advancements you are seeking in your company, education may help you get them.
Planning Your Education - How To Choose the Right School and the Right Classes
Avoid the first year law school jitters. Sally Kane, About.com Guide to Legal Careers, has tips to help you walk into your first day of class ahead of the curve.
How do you find a writing class that is a good and comfortable fit for you? About.com Guide to Fiction Writing Ginny Wiehardt offers advice for finding a classroom environment in which you can thrive.
Good music business degree programs are more than just business degrees with a music appreciation class thrown in for good measure. Find out how to evaluate your options when choosing which music biz programs should make your shortlist.
Contemplating law school? If so, you likely have many questions. How do I get into law school? What is the curriculum? Which law school is best for me? These resources from About.com Legal Careers Guide Sally Kane can help you in every step of the process, from learning what law school is all about to gaining admission, surviving your first year and more.
If you're eyeing a future in the financial industry, which major should you choose? Mark Kolakowski, About.com Guide to Financial Careers, helps you understand the educational foundation you need.
If you want to be a doctor, you go to medical school. If you want to be a lawyer, you go to law school. If you want to be in advertising you...wait, what do you study? About.com Guide to Advertising Careers Alan Sharavsky introduces you to the many roles within the advertising world so you can figure out which suits you best - so you can choose the classes to match.
Work Experience and Internships
Find out from About.com Internships Guide Penny Loretto why soaking up as much work experience as possible during school will help give your post-graduation resume such an important boost - and find out how to tap into those work experience opportunities.
Part-time jobs are available for teens, college students, parents, and others juggling school and work. Here's how to find a part-time job, including how to find part-time job listings, how to apply online and in person, and how to ace a part-time job interview, from Alison Doyle, About.com Guide to Job Searching.
Experience definitely counts in the music biz, but hitting the books doesn't mean putting experience on hold. Learn how to tap into the music community at your college and start learning the ropes.
Internships within the financial industry give you valuable experience and help you build a relationship with a company that could help you land a job in the future. Mark Kolakowski, About.com Guide to Financial Careers, walks you through the process of landing a great internship. If you are interested in interning at a financial company abroad, visit Mark's profile of AIESEC.
Information for teens on how to find a job, where to get working papers, where teens can work, what to wear for an interview, and how to obtain references from About.com Job Searching Guide Alison Doyle.
Sally Kane, About.com Guide to Legal Careers, shares advice on landing legal internships, clerkships and clinics.