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I’ve been trying to get a part time job with our local newspaper, copy editing the paper.  I do some freelance work for them, and they like my writing style.  I enjoy the atmosphere – it’s friendly and welcoming.

The managing editor is very eager to get a copy editor on board, even if it’s only part time.  (I’m not ready to give up my freelance gigs – the tax benefits are great, and I love the flexibility.)  But while he is in charge of hiring/firing, he needs the go-ahead from upper management to create a new position. Surprise – they’re not hiring right now due to economic conditions.

The local community college is offering an online editing class for $100. The managing editor is encouraging me to take this class, hoping that the extra background will be enough to talk his boss into hiring me. I have an editing background from college, but no formal education outside of a journalism degree.

$100 is a lot of money in our monthly budget.  We do have more than six months expenses in an emergency fund, though.  I’m thinking about borrowing from Peter, hoping that Paul whips out the checkbook and hires me after I finish the class.

It’s been over a year since I finished college, and I’m suddenly itching to take another college course.  At the very least, it’s a business write-off. What would you do in this situation?  Would you fund the class out of your efund?  Would you “find” the money in the budget, scrimping on retirement savings? 

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