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Not Happy With Your Job? Experts Says Consider Going Back To School

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Many of us dread Monday mornings because it means going back to work after a weekend of fun.

Others dread Monday mornings because it means going back to a job they really don’t like very much. The start of a new year is a popular time to make changes in your life, so it may be a good time to shift gears if you really don’t like your job.

One way to do that is to go back to school.

You hear about it all the time: People going back to college to take a class or two.

“If you are in a current position or a current company and you sort of like, but are not exactly satisfied with what you are doing on a daily basis, it may just be a certificate or diploma that you need, not a full four years of education, but maybe six months, nine months or a year of training,” said Brooks Doherty with Rasmussen College.

Doherty is the dean of the School of General Education at Rasmussen College. He said you’d be surprised at how much financial aid is available.

“A lot of companies have tuition reimbursement, maybe don’t publicize it to the degree they should. And there are millions of dollars of scholarships that go unclaimed every quarter,” Doherty said.

And if you left school before completing your degree, he said it’s definitely worth your while to get it done. It could be the key to the landing that higher paying job.

“There are tens of thousands of Minnesotans who have some college credit and no degree, in addition to change it is important to talk about completing the degree you started 10 years ago,” Doherty said. “You may just need a few credits to finish that up. The new year is the perfect opportunity to do that.”

Boredom is a sign it’s time for change. Start by finding a mentor or a friend who has a job you think you’d like and spend some time observing what they do.

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