E is for Education
Divorce is a trying experience for all those involved but especially stressful on the spouse who did not finish college. This is the time to consider expanding your marketable skills. You may consider starting classes at a local University.
How will I afford to educate myself? There are scholarships government assistance loans, incentive grants, grants specifically for women and foundation funding. Most colleges have a financial aid office prepared to help prospective students. They can help you navigate what works best for you. Alimony can sometimes be used to support this endeavor during your transition. You may want to consider finding a position working for an employer that provides tuition reimbursement or perhaps at a local university where they also provide discounts to their employees
The average unemployment rate is 9.17% for those with a high school diploma as compared to 4% for those holding a college degree (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Barron’s 8/29/20). So as you can see an education could hold the key to your future success.
If you cannot afford a full-time education at this time, consider getting certified in any number of career fields. Do some research; find where your already honed skills and talents may fit best and allow for the most personal contentment. One valuable tool is the Meyers-Briggs Personality Exam, this can help you evaluate where you may find the most reward in a certain career choice.
Seek out a mentor. Find someone to support and encourage you through your doubts and fears. Having someone who can inspire you and keep you will be an enormous help. If you have children, keep in mind that going back to school will make you a terrific role model while inspiring them to reach their full potential.