Ok hearth.com'ers...I need to change course in life, well sort of. Here's the deal: I'm 31 soon to be 32. I'm married with a beautiful two year old daughter. My wife is a teacher with a Masters degree and makes good money/is on a clear career path. She wants to stay at the high school where she teaches now and eventually retire from there. I have a government job (Same job since college-been here seven years) with great benefits but I've risen as far as I can with the degree I have (BA in History), and the hours are long and the pay is low. I also have a 60-75 minute commute. Getting a Masters in Public Administration would allow me to move into a more management oriented position and utilize the skills I already have, just at a higher level. Luckily I live relatively close to Rutgers University and they offer a lot of their classes online so I wouldn't even have to physically go there most of the time. The problem is that my schedule coupled with my commute still wouldn't make it very easy for me to take classes. So I thought of this scenario: I could leave my current job and go work for UPS as a package handler. There is a 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. shift that would allow me to be home with my daughter during the day (thus saving $800 a month on daycare) and still keep a normal schedule-ie: I could get home at 11:00 p.m. hit the sack, and then be up with my wife in the morning, helping her get out of the house and then watch my daughter until she gets home at 3:30. I would take most of my classes online and just fit in schoolwork whenever possible. I figure I could finish the degree in three years (it's supposed to take two years, but you have up to four years to finish) and be back out looking for a job by the time I'm 35. I have no doubt that I can do it/manage it, but I wonder how HR folks will look at my resume? Will their balk at the fact that I took time off from the career track in order to get my degree? Or are they used to seeing unconventional looking resumes since the economy has turned upside down? I'd also be curious to hear from other people who have done the same/similar things in order to either change or advance their careers.