There are more than 1,000 community colleges in the United States that offer degrees and certifications in a range of fields. If you're considering such a school or an online university, ask about financial aid and job placement assistance. Every day, I hear from recent graduates of adult learning programs who say they're unable to turn that degree into a job offer. When I ask if they've talked to career services advisors at their schools, the answer is almost always no. Find out about employers who hire from the program, ask about the employment rate of 2008 graduates -- and consider that when deciding on a program for you.
Tory Johnson is the Workplace Contributor on ABC's "Good Morning America" and the CEO of Women For Hire. Visit her Web site at www.womenforhire.com.