Post # 1
Something has snapped in my brain bees.. I have officially gone off the deep end.
It is my solemn declaration that I would like to get a phd. I don’t even know in what. Is that totally insane?? I decided I needed some kind of bigger goal, greater ideals, more motivation to work towards something.
I took a one year certificate this year which could ladder know year two of a human services diploma which could then lead into year 3 and 4 of a Batchelor of social work. I don’t even know where it goes from there. Or what I could do. But it sounds like something I should do.
I don’t know, I just have this feeling. My English teacher told me I should go back to school and I started thinking on it, about what I would specifically do and it kind of went broader instead of more specific.
I know I’ve said this is nuts like 10 times but crIpeY this is crazy. It’s so crazy that I’m afraid to say it out loud. Where do these crazy inspirations come from?
Many advice? Anyone done this and want to give me your 2 cents? I will take anything you got, I want to hear stories!
Post # 3
@lalalyanne: Hey, I say do it. I dropped out of college 5 years ago and just started my first term towards a bachelors. But that’s not good enough for me either – I will eventually go for my masters. If you’re going to do it do it right! 🙂
Post # 4
My advice? Don’t get a PhD unless you know you really want to be in that field and that it’s going to help you out. It sounds to me like you don’t have a plan and are just looking for a PhD as a time-filler. It’s a huge committment that you need to be sure about.
Post # 5
Getting your PhD is an awesome idea, but if you don’t know what you want to do, its a huge drain on your finances.
I would say start looking at jobs you think you would like, and look at what PhD program would be appropriate.
Post # 6
I’m not anti-PhD, but it requires a huge investment of time and money and doesn’t necessarily open as many doors as a bachelor’s degree does. Concentrate on getting your BSW first and then reevaluate how far you’d like to take it.
Post # 7
I think you should work for a while first – you don’t want to get a PhD and find out that you hate the field you’re in. Internships don’t count – I’m talking about a real, in-depth job.
Get into it for 5 years or so, and then decide if you want to pursue your PhD.
Post # 8
@abbie017: +1, OP. I didn’t mention that I worked in the field I’m getting my degrees in for that whole time I was out of school. I hit a ceiling that to advance willl need a degree – I’m not just getting it because I can it will actually help me! 🙂
Post # 9
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Yeah, it’s crazy unless you know what field you want it in and it would be a real asset for employment / salary in your field.
Unless you’re loaded, the time off from an income and the cost of the degree are SO not worth it just for fun / betterment. Also, getting a PhD is fucking hard. Really really hard.
Sorry that’s kind of jaded and overly-realistic, but it’s true.
Post # 10
@springbride23: gotta give er! I like the idea of having somethig to work toward!
@Misswhowedding: thanks ladies 🙂 definitely not going to jump in full speed ahead or anything! I will finish up my Year and do the diploma in year two before I make any rash decisions. I can’t get into any degree or phd programs until year 3 regardless, so these two steps will happen first and I will have time to figure out if/what I really want!
Im really interested in the field I’m working in but I want to do a little more than what I’m doing now. As a one to one interventionist, I’m hands on with clients but I don’t really have any say over program direction and what not. I’m front lines and I think its going to be really incredible but I also kind of feel like I could be doing more. I have also developed a strange fondness for research. I never thought I would, it never seemed like my cup of tea but I am thoroughly fascinated and the thought of research papers and dissertations and doing research some day kind of makes me giddy inside. It’s weird but I’m super fascinated by the whole concept!
Definitely lots to think about. I’m talking like, long long term goals type plans. I’d be happy to be getting a phd when I’m 40 if thats what it takes 😉 I dont know that it’s a time filler so much as a .. Goal setter? Um.. I don’t know, the words aren’t forming right. I guess I mean that I don’t feel like it’s somethig to do just do to have something to do. I feel like its a long term goal that I can work towards achieving so that I can do things I never imagined doing! My moms two sisters are both researchers and I’m just fascinated by the whole world of it now that I feel like I like and might be good at school 🙂