Jamie Johnson

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Five years ago, I found myself at a crossroads in my life. After spending seven years as a stay-at-home mom, I knew it was time for me to go back to work. 

My youngest was just entering kindergarten, so it felt like the right time to re-enter the workforce. The only problem was, I’d never graduated from college and had minimal work experience. 

My friends and family all suggested that I finish my degree and get an entry-level job somewhere. So I decided to get a job at Starbucks, reasoning that if I worked the early morning shift, I could still pick my kids up from school every day. And since Starbucks offers tuition reimbursement, I could finally earn my college degree and put myself on the path to a successful career.

I worked at Starbucks for nine months making about $8 an hour. The extra money never seemed to go very far, and our family’s finances were always tight. After a while, finishing my degree seemed to make less and less sense financially. 

What I needed was a way to earn more money immediately, and I didn’t see college as a guaranteed way to do that. I realized that the traditional …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Strategy


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