# School on hold?

1. Apr 15, 2007

### JasonRox

I have another question. Some of you may know I plan on moving out soon.

If I can get a $35-40,000 job on a 12 month contract, would it be such a bad idea to put school on hold. Before I had the chance of getting a$50-60,000 job for 12 months, but problems in the company occured. The manager I was suppose to be assistant to got fired for sexual harassment. Anyways, at the time, I was going to put school on hold for a year because then after, I would have lots saved up.

I don't plan on not going to school at all, but just go part-time. Like one course or two until the year is up, and then my last year of university will just consist of part-time schooling since I did some part-time. Therefore, my last year of university will be stretched into two years.

The other good part is not having to rely on my parents money and such. That would be such a GREAT feeling.

Note: I never plan on stopping my studies. Either I read independently, or at school. Stopping will get me nowhere.

2. Apr 15, 2007

### Cyrus

It doesnt sound bad. As long as you are moving forward (though at a slower pace), who cares. If you finish in one year or two years, it really wont matter much to anyone.

3. Apr 15, 2007

### JasonRox

Yeah, it'll just stretch to a 5 year degree. But I'll be debt free, living on my own, and even more ready for graduate school.

4. Apr 15, 2007

### Cyrus

I dont see what the big deal about getting a degree in 5 years is. A degree is a degree.

5. Apr 15, 2007

### JasonRox

Yeah, I don't see the big deal either.

If I get the job, I'll probably go for it. The jobs I'm trying to get for \$35,000 are not like McDonald Manager or Grocery Store Manager. There like jobs at the school I'm going at, labs, and some office things that doesn't involve selling things on the phone.

6. Apr 15, 2007

### hypatia

I know many people who go to, or have gone to school part time. They seemed more hard working and determined to achieve the goals they had set.
I got my degree more then several decades ago, yet I still try and do at least one class a year.
I'm sure you will do just fine.

7. Apr 15, 2007

### arunma

I've heard there's a statistic floating around that people who put school on hold have a very low chance of ever going back. Apparently it has something to do with the attractiveness of the money people make when they quit school. Not saying it'll happen to you, Jason, but it's just something to consider.

8. Apr 15, 2007

### Cyrus

But there is a difference, he will still be taking classes, just not full time.

9. Apr 15, 2007

### Moonbear

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It's becoming more and more common for people to take 5 years to complete a degree instead of the traditional 4, and working a job while attending school part time is a much better reason than some people have for taking that long to finish their degree.

I think it makes good sense to take an extra year to complete school if you're going to be doing a job that is good experience for your future career. For example, working in a lab is a great idea. When you're done with your degree, you'll have an edge over all the other people who have just a degree and no work experience, which will give you better opportunities, plus graduating debt-free means that better-paying salary after you get your degree won't be spent paying off loans.

And, given the grief your parents cause you, you'll probably do better in school if you don't have to waste energy worrying about whether they're going to send the next check you need for tuition or rent.

I really don't see a down side to your plan. In the grand scheme of things, one extra year is nothing, and when future employers see the overlap between a full-time, real job with the years of your undergraduate education on your resume, they'll know why you needed an extra year, so it's not even going to be an issue with how that looks on your resume (or else, just list your graduation date and not the inclusive years you were in school).

10. Apr 16, 2007

### JasonRox

I actually put school on hold completely before and came back. This time I will still be going part-time. That's not too bad.

I'll have more time to work on my honours project which will probably play a factor in where I go for graduate school.

I just have to wait and see if I land a good jog now.

11. Apr 16, 2007

### nsimmons

Be aware of the demands of full time employment and school. My 40 hour week easily reaches 50+. Factor in commute, errands (youre moving out), just cooking dinner, let alone studying and class. During the semester my sleep drops to 5 hours tops with a part time course load. Proper time managment is vital.

I have about a 5 hour block one day a week to spread between all my friends. Girlfriend, good luck. They say they're fine with once every 2-3 weeks. Doesnt work out that way.

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12. Apr 16, 2007

### JasonRox

I worked 42 hours a week before while taking a full load before. I got my 8 hours of sleep and my good grades.

I'm more than sure I can handle a course or two while working full-time. I'm talking of a consistent full-time job of 40 hours a week. I already cook for myself and buy my own grocery and laundry too.

13. Apr 16, 2007

### nsimmons

Well then you should be fine.