Although I just graduated from graduate school (obviously my goal #1 is to get a job, which is very difficult with the current situation) gladly I was able to close a contract to start designing 3 houses, which it will keep me busy and earn some money while I look for jobs. But more importantly, I am writing here because I want to start studying and testing for the ARE as soon as I can, therefore, I would like to start right now. It is a personal goal that I want to accomplish, and obviously, we are here because it is important for us to get licensed and I also think that what happens if I am not able to find a job in the next year, year and a half, but I am able to get licensed... at least I am a step ahead of where I was if I landed a job right now.
I also know that a lot of firms have the study material and that they sometimes even pay a part of the exam fees. So, my current situation is: I want to study for the ARE and start taking the exams ASAP, but, since I am not working at a firm, I will need to buy all the study material and pay for the exams with my own money, therefore, I would like to get some advice on what is best to buy to study ( I have read the ARE Handbook and I saw that it tells you what are the books, contracts, etc that they recommend you to study ) But I've also seen in several posts on here that Ballast is a good option, some other people say it isn't, etc, etc. Where should be best to spend my money?
Thank you in advance!
Any other suggestions/recommendations for a new person in this ARE world is more than welcome.
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