There is no covering the fact that the job market sucks. It is becoming extremely competitive to keep your job. And looking for a job that you have passion for...well you might have to just take what you can get.
But what can you do during these hard times?
GO BACK TO SCHOOL!
Edugree list 5 reasons that you should go back to school during a recession:
1. A Recession is Temporary, an Education is Permanent.
Recessions typically last two to three years (in this case maybe more). That is the perfect amount of time to go back and get your degree. An education is permanent and will carry you throughout your life, both financially and intellectually. And with the market becoming so competitive you want to make sure that you stand out from the rest.
2. There's No Better Time to Build a Better Future for Yourself.
A recession, particularly a layoff, provides a ripe time for some reflection on your achievements and how they relate to your ultimate goals in life. If you find yourself without further opportunity, then it's time to create that opportunity. To do so, you need to be competitive and increase your skills and knowledge with a degree. Employers value degrees that add value to their organization and reward them proportionately.
3. Find yourself with a career change. During your reflection you might find that your previous job was not fulfilling. Take time to think about what you really want to do and then go to school for it!
4. College is Flexible these days. Universities are becoming more and more flexible with class times offering morning sessions, evening sessions, even weekend classes. These same institutions are also offering full programs online eliminating the need to actually attend class in person.
5. Insulate Yourself from a Poor Job Market A recession might just be the time to commit yourself to school full time. By removing yourself from the job market altogether, you can ride out the recession without the stress of trying to make ends meet. This might require more planning and perhaps more school loans, however depending on your circumstances and with a proper cost/benefit analysis, you might find that the debt incurred by such a commitment will more than payoff in the long-term.
With any decisions that you make during this recession, just make sure that it matches your future goals. Don't just go to school to go to school. Make sure it makes sense for you.