The holiday season is a terrible time to find a new job, right? Isn’t that what conventional wisdom says? Well, maybe. But sometimes going against conventional wisdom may be the wisest decision you can make. Keeping your job search alive during the winter holidays is likely one of those times.

On Nov. 1, 2011, retired Marine Mark Curtis of Chewelah, Washington, went back to school to get the bachelor’s degree he’s always wanted. Making a good decision even better, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will help pay for his housing – even though he doesn’t have to relocate.

Jason Franklin of San Antonio, Texas, has earned two degrees – a bachelor’s in Network Design and Management and a master’s in Information Security and Assurance – and is now working on his MBA. All three of his online degree programs were at WGU. Phyllis Boon of Humble, Texas, is

One day, you’ll have a classroom of your own. But today, as you work hard toward that career in teaching, substitute teaching is an important way to hone your teaching skills and meet the people you need to know to get hired at the school where you want to work.

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