I've been working at a plant in rural Georgia for about eight years, and in the last week I got a warning that my job would be ending on December 20th. I'm very uncertain on what my next move should be from here.
The most pressing thing is whether or not to take advantage of the Trade Adjustment Assistance program. I have a BA in Sociology already, but I'm not really cut-out to be a social worker and I haven't had much luck finding employment with it so far. I also stayed at the plant because it paid unusually well ($18/hour) and I had student loans to pay, but they should be paid off in a few months and won't be a concern anymore.
Part of me wants to just try looking for jobs that only specify a bachlor's degree, of which I've found a few on sources like Indeed, but part of me thinks I should use the TAA to go back to school and get a more marketable degree so I'll have an easier time getting a job, hopefully one that makes about the same as I'm making now at least. However, I'm not certain what to go for and what I'd be well-suited for. For example, I might could spin my Sociology degree I already have towards an HR job, but my parents both think I wouldn't be able to handle the social pressures of the job (dealing with upset employees and such), and I think I agree. I went by my old school and was suggested by people there to go for a Master's of Business Administration, but I'm not certain I'd be cut-out for that either and can't see myself in a leadership position.
So I guess my question boils down to:
- Should I use the TAA to go back to school? If so, what would I be suited for?
- What sorts of positions might just want you to have a degree? I know a large number of people work in jobs unrelated to their degree.
- Are their other options I could pursue?