I dropped out of college during the tech boom of the late 1990’s and have been gainfully employed ever since. I’m lucky to have been very successful in my career without having had a degree. I ended up going back to college in my 30’s primarily because (a) I had kids and I want them to want to go to college and (b) if the shit ever really hits the fan and I need a job I don’t want to be excluded solely because I didn’t check some box on some application.
To that end, I ended up going with WGU. It’s not the most respected institution, but it’s non-profit, accredited, classes are available at any time, and you can test out of a class at the moment you feel ready. Since my only goals were to be able to check a box and say I did it, it made sense for me. The quality of the education wasn’t spectacular, but I’m also looking at it through the lens of 20 years’ experience so I suppose it’s not surprising that I already knew most everything.
(I will admit that, sadly, I did learn something from one of the management classes and now have to admit that maybe there is something to all that management bullshit after all.)
Sounds like you were in a really similar situation! I’m definitely going about it in a similar way where price is the biggest factor for me (assuming the institution is properly accredited). It’s also nice to hear it from your perspective; my biggest fear is that I’m blowing away money on something that’s not worth it.
Same here. What I found though is I really like learning again, now that it isn’t mandatory, so I’m continuing on to get the MS (from another institution).
In the mean time, I’ve been doing Coursera specializations to brush up on things I think will be in the MS degree program.