Answered by Rachel, Hiring Expert at Eaton, on Friday, June 6, 2014
As you have seen for yourself it can be very challenging to find a full time position in today’s economy, even with a degree. I would recommend that you take an honest review your previous interviews and assess what went well during that time as well as any opportunities you may have to strengthen your interview style. This is important regardless of whether or not you continue to pursue additional education.
Regarding your question about going back for your Master’s degree or getting your certification, I urge you to really sit down, and if you have not already, write down your short, medium and long term professional and personal goals. It is vital to understand where you ultimately want to go in order to ensure that you create a plan that will keep you on the path of achievement versus using what I like to call the ‘Spaghetti Method’ – tossing out an idea and trying it to see if it works and where it will lead you.
Once you clearly understand where you want to go it will be easier for you to see what decisions need to be made in order for you to reach your target. When you are putting together your plan, do not forget to include your personal goals, especially those regarding your spouse and future family. You may surprise yourself with what you truly feel are your priorities now that you are in a different place in your life. Most importantly of all through this process is being honest with yourself about what you really do and do not want out of life.