I'm going back to school part time.
I mentioned this a few months ago (the fact that I am not loving my job and cannot picture myself here in the long haul). So I spoke with the Dieticians of Canada and got their input, as well as the school itself. Here is what I found:
1) Being a mature student will not work against me, and may infact work for me;
2) I can transfer over 9.5 credits from my previous degree meaning I only have to gain 11.5 credits.
3) Once accepted I will need to take one class in the fall and then from there I can take up to 5 semesters off in between.
4) Scheduling changes frequently. At this time I can do almost half of my classes while working full time (because they are online or night classes). However, in the coming years, this may change as other classes may go night or online.
5) The cost will be $800 per class plus materials ($1k or so). My goal is to only do one class per semester for the first two years while I continue my debt reduction/ savings journey. There is also the possibility that I may not have to go "full time" at all so I could do two years of parttime classes and still work parttime (we shall see)
6) This is not a short term plan. It is in fact a 5 year plan (I want to be done with this degree in 5 years and come out of it debt free). Part of the goal will be to beef up my RRSPs because I can actually borrow against them to pay for school.
I'm excited and scared to death. I've spoken with some folks currently in the field and its sounds like it is right up my alley.
So there it is.
Wish me luck that I even get accepted!!!