Thursday, January 17, 2013

How to make the financial decision to go back to dental school

Happy Thursday! Today I bring you a post from Nick at How2become on something that’s been on my mind a lot: career-changers. I wonder if I hadn’t found dentistry so early whether I would have the courage (and belief in myself!) to hop careers and come back to school. I enjoyed my job in Houston but I am glad I didn’t love it enough to stay.- update 1/10/15: links have been removed due to request from the writer.

There are several reasons people think about going back to dental school after a long period of employment in a different field. Especially in this economy, many people think about expanding their skills set to gain a competitive edge. Dentistry is a respected profession with a positive growth outlook. Or it may be that you have realized it is your dream to study dentistry.

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If you are considering going back to school there are a number of things that you need to consider. If you’ve already spent years and perhaps even decades building up a career and a life for yourself, the decision to study dentistry is not going to be an easy one. But before this is even a possibility, you must be honest about the reasons for going back to school and starting this journey. The next step will be to find a dentistry program that fits you and your financial situation.

If you have already built up a career, you will be used to a certain level of financial stability. As a dental student, maintaining this level of comfort may be difficult if not possible. While you have the option of loan forgiveness, the military or pulling from your savings, dental school will be very expensive, not to mention you won’t be making any money during these four years.

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Once you are sure you want to become a dentist, going back to school will largely depend on your ability to pay for it. If you also have a family to support, this will be a sit-down conversation with your family on how you will make this work. If dentistry truly is your passion, you should remember that going back to school is an investment in your future, and perhaps one that you cannot afford to give up. With further dental education come a comfortable lifestyle and a great job satisfaction.

richardmcmunnNick Anderson is a writer for How2become, a leading career and recruitment specialist. For the last 8 years has helped applicants prepare for and pass recruitment processes and assessment centers in order to secure their dream jobs. You can also find How2become on Google Plus.