Originally Posted by larryace
Another option to financially make it in todays world is to start your own service business. No student loans, no homework, no exams, you start at the top. That's what I did, best decision I ever made. Trusting your financial livelihood to some company you work for is too risky for me in todays business climate.
I love this post, Larry, this is what I have been thinking about a lot lately.
My story is similar to Mike's in some ways. I returned to school later. I got accepted to a good engineering school but was studying percussion at the same college, so after one semester I moved to a music major. My parents gave me a lot of hassles about doing music. So I entered a three year undergraduate/graduate program to become a policy analyst specialist. I figured I would have a fall back degree. I hated it, dropped out of that program. I had two philosophy classes, I could take seven more in the next year and graduate. That's how I got the most unmarketable degree, except for the fact that banks hire philosophy majors. They're honest. I ended up in banking, drumming part-time and then latter went back top school to get a master's degree in Music. It took me about six or so years since I didn't have the undergraduate degree. I figured I could teach at the junior college level; but by the time I graduated, they told me I would need a PHD to do just such. The bank I was working at was bought out, I took a buy out, I got accepted to a good graduate school for the PHD. Didn't like the academic study of music, cursed myself for leaving the bank. The banks failed, major layoffs, everyone I know at the bank was cursing themselves for staying, losing their pension in 401K's filled with bank stock. More layoffs.
When I went to grad school full time, I started teaching lessons and I'm still doing that. If I had to do it all over again, I would have gotten the BM in percussion and worked towards getting DMA or a teaching credential, a very marketable degree for teaching junior college. Nobody told me that. If we only had the internet back then.
But I've come to the realization that one way or another having a skill that will put you in business for yourself is the only way to go.