Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Can You Survive a Month Unemployed?

Can you survive a month unemployed?

My brother shared this with me yesterday and, after going through it a few times, it really got me thinking. I suggest you try it yourself and see what your results turn out to be.

It's especially staggering because of the high unemployment rate in our country.

One of the first questions they give you was deciding whether or not to purchase health insurance, which took out a huge chunk of the pay. I did purchase it each time because I know how unbelievably expensive it can get to receive medical attention without any medical insurance, but I was just thinking I am going to do the simulation one more time without purchasing it to see the reality of it.

As a recent college graduate myself who is trying to outweigh the balance between going right back to school for a master's degree in hopes of getting a job or just looking for a job and going back to school later after working for a few years... let me tell you neither is very easy. It's almost like a catch-22. If I go right back to school, I might be missing out on job opportunities that may become even harder to find in the future. If I don't go back to school right away, I might not be "qualified" for jobs.

Or: If I go back to school, I'll be adding another huge chuck of loans for school on myself on top of the ones from undergraduate that will quickly get very high. If I don't go back to school, I might not find a job with a good enough pay to help pay off the loans feasibly.

Frustrating, isn't it?

P.S. Don't forget to leave me a comment below on your thoughts! As always, I'd love to hear from you.


{TiffanyMae} said...

Frustrating does not even begin to describe it :/

Your blog is adorable!!!!

Your newest follower through FFF w/ Supermom.

{TiffanyMae} @ www.mamassimpleblessings.blogspot.com

Are You A Mom said...

I am your newest follower. . Please stop by and say hi and follow me too! :)
Thanks and have a great day!

Stephanie M. Page said...

I completely agree that it is very frustrating! Have you thought about getting training and working online?? I don't mean to sound like an advertisement!!! ;) I am here from life as a wife and am glad I stopped by!!

Summaiyah Hyder said...

Well, I actually started a blog design business at http://customized-designs.blogspot.com just for that reason. I'm still looking for a way to advertise that though.

Anna said...


I'm your newest follower from the Bee Friendly blog hop. Look forward to reading your posts.

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Nancy StylenDecorDeals.blogspot.com said...

Very tough! The only thing I can say is that it is very hard to GO BACK to school. Life gets in the way. Good Luck! Newest follower.
Hope you can follow me back!

I also have a giveaway at: http://stylendecordeals.blogspot.com/2011/03/cinnamon-burst-cheerios-review-and.html Doesn't represent my blog very well though!

Thoughts from Her said...

I know exactly what you mean. I'm already established in my career but I'm seriously considering going back for my masters.

BTW, I’m your newest follower! Following from the hop...

When you get a chance, please stop by http://thoughtsfromher.com


mysoulforsale said...

Getting a job after you first degree and then going back to school with some work experience under your belt makes you more marketable to potential employers down the road. Education is very valuable, but without some other experience, employers might not want to take a chance on you, and then your CV ends up in the dreaded "overqualified" pile. Not very good.

Need 2 B Home said...

I am your newest follower, feel free to visit my blog at http://Need2BHome.blogspot.com I am also on facebook!

Danielle said...

Blog hopping! I'm your new follower and would love a follow back! www.adeliciousobsession.com Thanks!

Tanya (a Taste of T) said...

Ugh. Seriously frustrating.

Here from a blog hop and happy to meet you,
<3, New Follower
Tomorrow starts a week of giveaways on A Taste of T

Saira Andleeb said...

You should go back to school without leaving your job If you can afford it. And from experience, the sooner you complete your MS the better! The solution to that is enrolling in a university that offers evening classes. Many of my peers have achieved that alongside their jobs.
Good luck!

Anonymous said...

I'm your newest follower from the Boost My Blog Friday Blog Hop. If you get a minute please drop by and follow back. Have a wonderful week!

Ms. Blasé said...

I just nominated you for a blog award! I hope that you will accept it :) Whatever you decide to do, have a stupendous week!!!

Summaiyah Hyder said...

just saw this Ms. Blase - I'll write up the post tomorrow :)

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