The Case Against Going Back to School

You may not need the classroom to get what you want out of your career. Though unconventional, spending your time and money on a real-world education could pay off.

Thinking about going back to school? Think again. Yes, it might open doors to a better job and, yes, you might learn some things of value. Besides, a back-to-school stint gives you a socially acceptable excuse for not working. That's especially attractive if you're one of the many people who does school better than life.

Of course, if you want to be a brain surgeon, there's no avoiding the halls of academe. But for many career paths, it may be wiser to take the road-to-success less traveled: forgo State U, let alone Private U, in favor of a real-world education I'll later describe as You U. It may be a bit unconventional to bypass the classroom, but, in my opinion, this method could help you get what you want out of your career while saving you time and money.

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Marty Nemko
Contributing Columnist, Kiplinger.com