Post # 1
- Wedding: July 2015 - Golf Course
I’m looking for advice from all the bees that went back to school after they got married, had a home, etc. I was pondering today going to get my paralegal diploma, as it is something I’ve always thought I might enjoy. I already have a bacherlor’s in Criminology, and while the job I have pays alright, it isn’t what I want to be doing long term.
However, when discussing with FI, it just doesn’t sound feasible for me to go back to working part time for another 2 years when we want to have our wedding and buy a house within a year afterwards. How do you all do it? My best thought would be to go back in a few years after I’ve had a baby, straight off of maternity leave, but class will be hard with a baby and we will need even more money to support a baby!
Post # 2
Look into community colleges, where you could take one or two classes. There’s a college near me that has a Saturday college just for people in your situation.
There are ways to do it.
However, consider whether you need more school. I teach at a college, so I value education, but it can also get people into debt. So beyond the bachelors, I recommend people really consider carefully the financial aspects. Consider what you can do with the degree you have.
Post # 3
I work full time and go to school part time. While it is taking me *FOR EV ER* to get my degree, I know eventually I’ll get it! If there is a point where my hubby and I can afford me to work part time, then I will drop to part time hours. The paychecks that come in barely cover my school + books + gas (for a V8 Mustang) + bills + necessities. However, that is only because I have never gotten a raise with a company I have been with for 2.5 years. I have been looking for different jobs and I think that’ll help the money situation.
The time is what is the hardest part, however. I get up at 5 A.M. for work, and I’m home from class at 10:00 P.M. some nights. I tend to skimp on sleep so I can eat, hang out with hubby, and study. It’s a lot of work, and I’m not sure how I’d do it with a baby, too! I agree with Carolsays. Consider the financial aspects AND time. Will it be more feasible to go back now, or after you’ve had a baby and a wedding? Is it better to go beforehand?
Post # 4
FutureFong: Why not just get your master’s in paralegal instead if you have a B.A in a semi-related field?
Post # 5
I have a degree in criminology too! I just started graduate school. My advice would be to just find a way to make it happen now. Whether it be night school, online classes, or there are even programs that allow you to just take one class at a time So you can pay as you go. Many people say they will just wait a while and go later, but most of them don’t (of course there are exceptions). If it’s something you really want for yourself, there’s no time like the present.
Post # 6
FutureFong: I was working full time and doing full time evening classes for my masters degree (ie. 3 classes per semester was all I could manage). I had a little one as well who my family helped watch (I was a single mom when I started graduate school). It’s busy but do-able.
Post # 7
I just recently went back to school after getting my bachelor’s AND master’s in a field. 🙁 To be honest, I have had to take out a private loan to help with costs, and it is proving hard for me to find a part time job. You could always look into going to school part time and still work full time or take as many online classes as you can if that is feasible for the school you go too. It will be hard though! I took two online rigorous courses while working a high stress full time job and definitely did not do as well as I would have if I just was focusing on school. I would look into the other bee’s suggestion about going for a Master’s instead of another Bachelor’s. If I could have done that, I would have! lol
Post # 8
- Wedding: July 2015 - Golf Course
Thanks for the suggestions and support everyone! It’s still just something I’m pondering, and I’m not sure if I want a masters or to go the paralegal route. They would be 2 very different options, both in terms of time commitment and money.
NovaRising: As interesting as that sounds, after a quick google search there is no Master’s degree in paralegal studies in Canada! It is indeed in the States though.
Post # 9
FutureFong: My FI works full-time and does school full-time. It’s possible if you’re driven. The downside? He has a hellish schedule. He leaves the house around 4:30 in the morning and gets home around 10:00 at night, and that’s 6 days a week. Then the weekends are homework. I really admire him for being able to balance it all- I’m not sure how he does it sometime. He never thought he’d be able to do it, but he is! I think if you want it enough it can be done, honestly I don’t think I could handle all of that at once. But if it’s your dream I’m sure you’ll find a way!
Post # 10
FutureFong: Sorry I’m in the States and know someone who currently finishing her masters in it.