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Education: The Key to Your Financial Future?

     Education may be the key to your future. It has been 25 years since I left high school; my friends keep planning reunion picnics and post them via facebook. It seems we try to get together more now than we did back then. We were young and took many things for granted; now, we are staring down the sickle of the Grim Reaper and, hopefully, we gather to build stronger relationships because we understand the true meaning of friendship and how short our days may be.

I'm not here to bring you down, just here to shed some light as how old I am, my culture beliefs, and give some help to all of the, setting-out-on-your-own, high school and college graduates. When I left high school, the minimum wage was a whopping $3.35 cents an hour. And today, the minimum wage has risen to a despicable eight dollars and twenty-five cents an hour ($8.25/hour). The minimum wage in Illinois has increased a measly four dollars and ninety cents in twenty-five years. It's no wonder our society-and economy-is in the toilet!

I am not going to bore anyone with rants about who is getting affluent and who struggles, hell, on some level, we all struggle. My diverse background allows me the presumptuousness to go ahead and tell you that I used to think there was more to life than working some dead -end job; school and an education would change that. Insert squiggly lined flashback here-1999, mid August: The first day of the rest of my life. I entered college ready to become a teacher and in five short years, I become an English teacher. Insert squiggly lined reality drop here-2011, early August: The first day of the rest of my life. Unemployed!

Now, I am unemployed by my own design for mostly profession and some personal reason, so, sorry, not going to rant about unemployment. I am, however currently looking at some educational choices since the two I chose before left me standing on a wet canvas on the floor away from the door. Both of my degrees are in education and while living in an area where three towns together still equals less than 250,000 people was not a good choice for an education degree in this financially strapped era. So, at the ripe old age of forty-three, I embark on a career change which looks like the place to begin is with more education.

I state to you, "Always continue to further your education and never stop learning; it may be your only chance at financial survival twenty-five years from now!" You, setting-out-on-your-own, college and high school graduates may have it a little easier than we did, you began learning and using technology from an early age, while we had to adapt much later in life. This one attribute may make it a little more difficult for you, though. You see, your generation may have a tendency to become complacent and take your skills for granted. Unfortunately for you, us oldies have always had to work a little harder to educate ourselves. We are a hungrier generation and we put you on notice. He with the best education wins!

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While Education is the key to some financial futures, but it is nice to have a back-up plan just in case. Let me show you my Back-up Plan.

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