In this time of economic downturn, consider going back to school if you lose your job. A layoff could be the perfect opportunity to pursue your dream career. There are many scholarships, grants, and loans available to full-time students.
If you are still working full time, you might still consider taking a refresher course, learning a new skill, or pursuing a degree. Many companies pay for job-related seminars and workshops and also have tuition reimbursement plans for employees who take college courses.
This may be the best time yet to increase your skills and knowledge in the area of your expertise.