From Laid Off to Learning

Dawn Papandrea | November 30, 2009

If you were one of the hundreds of thousands of Americans laid off this past year, the ability to appreciate the fact that you’re in good company will only get you so far. Whether you saw the layoff coming or it hit you like a ton of bricks, you’ll need to take a proactive approach to returning to the Land of the Regular Paycheck.

After the initial shock of being laid off wears off, many people are getting up, brushing themselves off, and heading back to school. Why? Laid off or not, people enroll in a degree program for a variety of reasons: a better credential for their resume, a change of career, or simply a desire to learn something new.

Over the next few weeks, this blog will feature stories of individuals who found themselves suddenly without a job, so they made the big decision to back to college. Maybe you’ll relate to some of them. Or maybe you’re writing your own success story. Either way, you’ll find the inspiration and motivation you need to go back to school right here.

Read inspiring profiles now:

Faced with a Layoff, a Writer Returns to His Real Passion

Laid Off Dad Finds Hope in Online Learning

Laid-Off Telecom Pro Heads to “Greener” Pastures

31 responses to “From Laid Off to Learning”

  1. Jason says:

    It may be very difficult to keep your spirits up if you’ve just been handed the pink slip, but you can turn this unfortunate event into an opportunity by going back to school. An online degree program is an ideal platform to enhance your existing skills and learn new ones. And when you go for a job interview, you can answer questions about what you’ve been doing with your time with confidence and dignity.

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