Hello, I'm a newbie here in the Physics Forums so I'll go ahead and introduce myself. I have my A.S. degree in Engineering from a community college and I've always done well in school. I have a high GPA and have won scholarships and other awards. However, I am in a quandary and am wondering if all you smart people reading this can offer me some advice. I have to make an intensely difficult decision about going to the University: To go or not to go? You see, there are pros and cons, and I'm weighing them but they just about come out even for me. I currently have a very negative (but I believe realistic) outlook on the job market and the economy. We are in a recession in the United States. We are also outsourcing our manufacturing and Engineering jobs--a trend that will continue. Q1: With all the outsourcing, will there be any jobs left for me in 2 years when I graduate with my BSEE? Q2: If there are any jobs left, how long will they last before they get outsourced and I lose my job? Currently I am self employed and absolutely love the freedom that this gives me. I also believe I have the potential to make a lot of money in the future doing this. I'd hate to lose this freedom. Q3: Will getting a BSEE degree mean working for someone else and losing my freedoms and cherished ability to make my own decisions? I believe it will. Am I right? Q4: Is there a possibility to work for myself using my BSEE degree? If so, how? There are more cons to getting a BSEE degree. It would require me and my boyfriend to move to another part of the state; he does not know if he can find another job. And the cost of living is higher. In addition, attending the University will take up almost all my time; I will have little to no time left to put into my business. Will it crumble? Attending the University threatens my income severely. What will I do if the strain becomes too much? What will I do if I see that my business is crumbling under me and my income goes away? I don't know what to do. To go, or not to go?