My best friend in the world is going through a divorce. Her kids are grown and out, but she spent her life as a stay at home mom, and has only worked entry level jobs for pay, and as a teen she was a nurse's aid. She is 51 years old. As a volunteer, she and I started a non-profit about 10 years ago and she worked with pregnant women in that capacity. She does a lot of volunteer work through Catholic charities and very conservative. She will receive enough money from the sale of their home to sustain a very modest lifestyle while she earns a degree. Last year, she decided to try her hand at CLEP, and has accumulated about 60 credits (15 from CC several decades ago). She is absolutely drawn to the helping trades. Physically demanding jobs that require lifting (nursing) are off the table, but she's considering social work. Having done a bit of research for her, my gut instinct is that she is going to get wrapped up in a very regulated degree process that allows few CLEP or distance learning options, and it could even require she relocate just to earn the degree. Based on what the DOL says social workers earn, I am concerned that this might be a difficult and expensive road with little ROI. I also anticipate this being a very liberal field, but that's just speculation. I'm considering suggesting she pursue human services instead. I know that's not a path to social work, but it feels like a more flexible option- especially since I can find dozens of options that are near her, offer distance learning, are inexpensive, and or have generous transfer/clep policy. I'd really like to hear from people who have some first hand experience with degrees in either field. Please don't suggest the route human services to MSW, that's not an option. She needs to begin work, and isn't as edu-obsessed as we are on this board. She'd actually like to get in-get out- and get working lol. I'm all ears.