I recently had my review at work, ahem...10 months late. Anyway, while I did receive a cost of living increase, my boss informed me that I am at the peak of my position, with no real opportunity for merit raises in the future. I asked him if I could move into another field within our company, which I am already licensed for and am mostly trained in. I would need more training to take on larger cases. He said no. He said, "Don't you think you're a bit beyond starting that at this stage?" and then faded off (I recently learned that in addition to his inept son he's training for that position, he will be taking on his daughter for training as well!). Then I suggested perhaps getting into the marketing of our company and he said no again. He explained that the clients we service would rather have the personnel actually handling their accounts market them rather than a company representative. Our business, like so many others, is slow. Has been slow for months. Business overall is supposedly down 30%, but I do a part of the books here and I can tell you, we're definitely in the black and doing well. My job was scaled down last September (2008), so I don't have many day to day responsibilities, however, I am very busy and productive sporadically throughout the year. Anyway, at the end of my review, I mentioned that I would like to go back to school and he became very excited and said that's a great idea. The company would pay my tuition. Awesome, right? Well, he would want me to take business courses and I don't really want to, but I am very interested in Human Resources, which I told him. Unfortunately, many companies are downsizing their human resource department and our company is only 12 employees so there is no real need for a human resource department, though I am technically it. So, I researched local schools and found that they have all dicontinued the Business Management: Human Resource programs!!! However, they still have Human Services, which is basically social work, psychology, etc. I've always wanted to do that. Always! So, my question is, since the company is paying, do you think I should go to the local community college and take all the CORE courses I can that can be applied to any degree? I can save all the degree specific courses for last, or, as many as possible, and if the company won't pay for those, then I will. But in the meantime, I can take courses that the company will pay but eventually use them towards the degree of my choice. What do you think?