PremierStudentLoans.com Reaches Out to Laid-Off Workers

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PremierStudentLoans.com, founded in July 2007, works to provide student loans to students nationwide. The site includes information on loan consolidation, the hidden costs of a college education, finding and applying for loans, and seeking online degrees. Now, PremierStudentLoans is expanding its outreach to laid-off workers hit hard by the current recession. Many Americans who have lost their jobs are retooling their skills and changing careers. Consequently, the PremierStudentLoans site has added a section offering advice and resources targeted for this unique group. This coverage, in addition to its existing features, makes PremierStudentLoans a complete financial aid resource for the modern student.

Often people who have lost their job have relevant experience for a new field and only need to take a few key courses or gain a certification to do something new

Every day the news carries a report of this or that company laying off workers. The same thing is happening in small businesses across America at a level not hitting the media radar, but still causing personal panic and chaos. PremierStudentLoans.com, an online source for information and resources on student loans and online education since 2007, is now reaching out to laid-off workers who find themselves in the position of reassessing their profession and perhaps going back to school to find work in a new field.

"It doesn't matter if you see it coming or it hits you out of the blue," said Sachin Wadekar, PremierStudentLoans.com spokesman. "Job loss is a fact of life in this recession and everyone is constantly in danger of being unemployed. Having a contingency plan or deciding to take some courses that would help you to shift to another field isn't just good sense, it's rapidly becoming a necessary economic safety net."

The new section of the PremierStudentLoans website is tailored to the needs of laid-off workers and includes material on networking, repurposing an existing skills set, the benefits of relocation, fields that are hiring, and the potential of distance learning as a fallback position while still employed. "Even those workers who still have jobs are scared," said Wadekar. "We want people to understand all their options and if possible, be fully prepared with an alternate plan when they're handed that pink slip."

The good news, that most people don't know, is that there are many government jobs available with more to come as the Obama administration ramps up its infrastructure programs. Additionally, math, science and special education teachers are in demand as are law enforcement officers. There are still positions to be had in retail sales, and as office clerks and personal aids.

"Often people who have lost their job have relevant experience for a new field and only need to take a few key courses or gain a certification to do something new," said Wadekar. "We want to help them find and pay for those opportunities."

PremierStudentLoans.com offers quick links to guides and resources on the front page with news and opinion pieces listed in the left-hand column. The site is constantly updated to reflect the latest data and offering. The editors invite your questions, comments, and ideas. Send email to: info (at) premierstudentloans (dot) com.

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