SeaWolf wrote:The thing that gets me is there is no guanatee that this will get me the job I want. With the union senority is #1. I could get this degree and still not get the job I want for another 5 to 10 years.
Yes you can take semesters off. So that would be a possibility when that time comes.
I think you still have to step-up and take the classes. It'll be tough time-wise, but your earning potential and ability to take care of your family finacially will be greatly enhanced.
The whole union/seniority thing is tough (I deal with it too), but I see this as an even further reason to continue your education. The more skills you aquire, the less you are locked into the system and your current job.
My best friend has a 4 year old son and an infant daughter, and he's gone back to law school (pretty much to escape the union/seniority system of his current job). He and his wife have been able to work it out pretty well.
I guess the best advice I have is, think long-term. Humans are very adaptable, and I think whatever sacrifices you make now will be tolerable, and pay-off in the long-term.