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There is hardly a greater dilemma than the one posed when you are faced with a choice between going back to class and keeping a job or embarking on a job search if you are a new graduate. Such a situation may arise out of different kinds of circumstances. It could be that you get a scholarship immediately after an undergraduate degree. Some graduates may search for jobs for some time and discover themselves lacking in certain critical skills. On the other hand, some graduates may be successful in getting a job only to realize they are stuck on one tier unless some additional academic qualifications are acquired. Clearly, going back to school is likely to place one at an advantage in the market place. However, it is not a simple decision to make. We examine three practical considerations that can ease your transition back to class.

First is to determine the type of studies you want to take. You would be surprised to note there are many students who want take up courses of study without understanding the entry requirements, duration of the course and other seemingly basic issues that are often taken for granted. Take time to find information on institutions offering the course you wish to study. Understand the time, financial input required, and application deadlines. Let your decision be informed by reason and fact rather than fantasy.

Next is to prepare yourself to attend class mentally. Before taking the plunge back to class, ensure you have a good grip on the implications of your decision. While you are back in school, you might have to give up some comforts you have gotten used to. For some, it will mean delaying other important commitments such as marriage. There must be clarity on the reason for your choice. Do an honest cost benefit analysis particularly if you are quitting work to go back to class. How relevant is the course to your long term career goals? Answer these questions before you make a decision.

Finally, establish what your source of funding will be and prepare accordingly. This is perhaps the single most important issue that will arise for aspiring students who want employment in the future. Apart from tuition fees and other expenses related to studies there is the inescapable question of upkeep. For a person who has already been working, quitting a job to study is a tough choice. Fresh graduates might have it relatively easier because they come from a classroom environment. However, financial considerations will be same for all students and managing adequate funding will remain a key concern for them. Taking up some part time employment in the form of a job or business can help cover for daily expenses while scholarships and sponsorship opportunities can be explored to cover tuition fees. Many banks also give student loans.

As a last note, take action. Planning is futile if it is not followed by corresponding action. Put together the required documents as soon as you have gathered the relevant information. This will allow you some time to check whether you have all the needed papers in place and help avoid delays in application as well.

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