Post # 1
I am accepted and enrolled in a college. I already have a degree but I want to go to get a spanish degree. The problem is i did not get enough financial aid due to me already having a degree in psych. I cannot afford to go now without having help from my family. Which I do not want to borrow/accept money from them due to pride and them already helping me before. And I plan to work as much as I can once I find a job.
My other option is to find a job (been looking for one for months) work full time and also save up and study for a test to help me get into graduate school and reapply and all that. The problem is there are no jobs around. But I am going to keep applying for all that I can do.
Another problem is I don’t have a reliable car, but hoping to get a job within walking distance, and school is an hour away each way.
I am really leaning to the job option, but the setback being it is hard to get one.
But I know spanish will help me out. The drawback being it will take a couple years to get the degree.
I have no idea what to do and I am dissapointed and overwhelmed.
I just want to see others opinions, advice, and ideas, and give myself time to think more about it
I already talked to FI last night and am going to talk more about it tonight.
Post # 3
My advice is to look for a job. School is really expensive and unless you’re sure you can get a better paying job, it can leave you with a lot of debt to pay off. What kind of job do you think you’ll get after you have your second degree? Can you go part-time, or even take some sort of fluency test so you can show you have the value of being bilingual even if you don’t have a degree?
You might consider going part time, especially if you can get tuition assistance from work.
Full disclosure: I’m a little biased because I have a job that has nothing to do with my degree and would be a decent salary if I weren’t paying off my student loans. That’s why I say your degree should open up specific job opportunities if you want to pursue it.
This is a tough situation to be in. Good luck!
Post # 4
I’d say get a job. You want to go back for a degree in Spanish, but there are other ways to learn a new language and that’s what its all about in the long run right? Maybe save up while you have a job and then live in Spain for a few months. You’ll learn real quick!
Post # 5
this might sound blunt, but really how much is a spanish degree going to help you get a job? maybe i am ignorant because i am not from your area (i’m canadian), but unless you live in a city where spanish is basically a second language, i’m thinking it might not help at all.
i vote for continuing your job search. i know it’s tough, i just started working and i applied to soooo many positions and only had 1 interview. but hang in there, and save up some money for school you may want to do later. i think a masters degree would be more valuable to you anyways 🙂
good luck with whatever you decide!
Post # 6
I just want a good full time job, it doesn’t matter if it is in my major! I know the spanish classes would help me because almost every application asks if you know spanish. I just should have done spanish along with psych but it just didn’t occur to me.
Post # 7
Are you going back to the school you got your original degree at? I know at mine I can go back and major in any program in the liberal arts college that has a BA program and only have to complete the degree requirements, which would take 2 years TOPS (more like 1-1.5) full time. Is that an option for you? If its not too expensive and then I would say borrow for it. That said I go to an instate public school so tuition isn’t that bad for me (but still expensive).
Post # 8
I think in the U.S. knowing Spanish is a highly marketable skill. Especially where I am from. Many employers, particularly those whose field is in social services grab onto bilingual applicants.
Post # 9
You can take Spanish classes without getting a degree in Spanish (if fluency for job applications is the goal). I would focus on finding a job and then take Spanish classes at night.
However, if your parents are able to help you, without it straining them, and are willing – I would swallow my pride and accept the help. If the aforementioned is the case, you are very, very lucky to be in that position.
Post # 10
Frankly, how do you think a spanish degree will help? I know a few people with bachelors in psychology and they now work at places like the Gap. You really need upper level education to get into a good field
Pick something that will further your career. A spanish degree, depending on what you want to do, may not even help you out, but put you further in the hole.
After all, you do want to be able to afford all those loans when you are done
Post # 11
While I agree that Spanish is a super valuable tool in getting a job, I honestly think getting a second Bachelor’s in Spanish is a bit of overkill. Typically, at least at our company, bilingual skills can be proven by conversing in another language during the interview, or even by showing one of two courses taken in language within the last few years. I think learning Spanish would be incredibly valuable in your job search, but a degree would be a waste of time and money, imo. Especially since a Bachelor’s in Spanish often requires practical study in a Spanish-speaking country. It would take at least a couple years to finish up a second degree.
Instead, could you enroll in some Spanish language courses at the local community college? Or, even better, just by the Rosetta Stone Spanish language package. My husband and I bought Spanish I, II, and III off eBay for $250. About a year into it, our Spanish has drastically improved. You can easily do the courses while working, and you’ll be able to save up some money for grad school in the future.
Post # 12
My parents can’t afford it, but they would try. They are also helping with the wedding. My grandparents offered to help, but they are helping with the wedding also.
the college I have my degree from offers free classes 6 months after you graduate if you do not have a job and are not in another school. But there are other hoops I have yet to have clarified!
@ oracle-Thanks for the night classes idea! I will look to see if there are any community classes around!
I am looking to go into social services for my career after graduate school definatly, thats why spanish would be great.
Thank you everyone for input!