I have been in restaurant management for several years now. There have been ups and downs along the way which has made it often times very rewarding. However, I look at where I am today and realize that (thanks to a recent restructuring of the company putting out of work) I am no better off than I was when I began this career. Short story is this, I want to go to college and pursue a degree.
I left school (high school) as a Junior then entered the workforce. Not long after that I was managing and could see that with hard work I could earn a decent living. Well, decent is not good enough. 50k/yr is great with its bonuses but it is not consistent, the hours are rediculous and I feel I am capable of more.
What would me now is some information and advice on getting my but in school come January.
It’s obvious that I will need to take the GED test but what other testing should I be prepared for?
Are there particular grants or scholarships that someone mid career can qualify for?
I’m wanting to be a student in classroom settings, not just online education. Is it feasible to mix the two?
I have resolved to not accept employment in the restaurant managment field during my education as the time needed for such is too demanding and I am looking forward to a full class load. Will internships be available to a student my age down the road?
Any perspective will help in making this transition. I’m looking to pursue a degree that reflects my interests in diversity management and international relations. Perhaps through an MBA to capitalize on my extensive management background as well.
I’m not sure if those of you who have answered this question for will read this or not. What I would like to say though is that you have all been very helpful and I do apppreciate it. The response that included the foreign services suggestions is actually something I have, and have had, a great interest in. The info on the finacial aid side of things is very resourceful so thank you Jessica for that. As for the 17 year old student, to know that you are inspired by seeing older students making the commitment tells me that my son just may experience the same feeling. Thank you to all of you. Wish my luck! Best answer I will leave to the voters. I appreciate them all.