January 26, 2010 | | Leave a comment The recent unpredictable economy has given many families a reason to worry. Fathers are having a hard time providing for their family and are looking for new ways to compensate. According to the National Bureau of Statistics, unemployment rose to 10.2 percent in October for adult men. Many employed and unemployed fathers are using this as an opportunity to go back to school. “They need something to make them more competitive in the workforce,” says Marcus Varner, career analyst at ClassesandCareers.com, a free college information service.Â “Why not use the time off to get a masters?” Education makes a big difference. U.S. workers with bachelor’s degrees earn an average of $20,000 more per year than those with only a high school diploma. Master’s degree-holders earn $40,000 more on average than those with bachelor’s degrees. Fathers feel an especially weighty burden to provide for their families. “I don’t think there is anything more embarrassing than not being able to provide for your family. A good education can help them avoid unemployment in the future,” says Varner. Varner recommends that degree seekers do their research at sites like ClassesandCareers.com. Users can fill out a form and be connected live with an education adviser who can answer their questions about courses, degree programs and financial aid. You don’t have to settle for unemployment pay or job insecurity. Go back to school and earn a degree in a more secure, high-paying field by completing the helpful online form at ClassesandCareers.com. An education adviser will help you find the right degree program to set you on a new career path.