From: Mosquito Bite, Texas
I guess I'm the anomaly here. My wife lost her teaching job, but it was only about 20% of our total income. At her age, it's very difficult to find something else, but she's still looking. Kids grown and gone. Not paying for college for anybody. We can bear the reduction in income (and the taxes it cost us).
Despite what other posters from Texas might have said, the economy here is not in dire straits. It's been a lot better, of course, but it certainly has not seen the decline that most other states have. Big layoffs are not really happening except, perhaps, in K-12 education. Some districts have done some, but others have not. I think it's a lot of overreaction. (And wonder why the administrations seldom take much of a hit.)
After my military service, I used my vet benefits to get an MBA, then Hazelwood to get my doctorate. The Hazelwood Act allows a Texas veteran to atttend school at virtually no cost (I paid $38 a semester at A&M to get my doctorate, not counting books), so I would have been an idiot not to take advantage of that. I am now working at a university and do not see any imminent possibility of being asked to leave. And, if it did happen, I probably would just retire and tell the world to bite me. I could then play AE until I went blind.
I sincerely sympathize with others who are not so fortunate. Generally, the economy is in bad shape and not getting much better. But, like someone else has said, this too will pass. My advice to anyone and everyone is to continue your education: trade schools, grad school, GED, whatever. It opens opportunities. It might just be a slight edge over others, but it is an edge. I worked in the community college world for a long time (20 years) and know that they have programs to help virtually anybody at a reasonable cost (if not free in some cases). I've personally set up programs for out of work engineers, accountants, and, yes, even nurses. Check your local place out.
So, good luck you guys. Hope things get better for you.
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