Most people will agree that that a difficult economy and a terrible job market is a bad time and a lot of people suffer financially. This is true, but it can also be a good time for people to change their careers or better their education. Usually there is no time for people to go back to school or change their career when they are working full time and have a family. Your current situation may allow you to finally return to school to get a better degree that could lead to better jobs and better pay. The first thing you want to do is sit down and decide what you want to achieve with your new found education. Are you looking for a completely new job or do you just want to advance in your current industry?
Once you have picked a degree program you will need to think about how you want to study. You can study part time or full time and you have the option of attending classes at a traditional campus facility or by online study. This is one of the more popular ways to earn a degree because it gives you the ability to work when your schedule permits it. You should also think about what kind of time you have both to study and to finalize earning the degree. These things will need to be discussed with your student advisor in great detail in order to assure that you are on the right career path and your courses are set up for you to achieve success.
You will need your transcripts from any prior education, whether high school or secondary school, sent to the school you hope to attend. This is important to your admissions. It will also help you in the process of applying for various grants and scholarships that might be available. Discuss with the advisor what programs you will qualify for given your income, educational background and your choice in studies. These will all complete the package for setting you up for success in your educational adventure.