Post # 1
I graduated with an AA in Dec of 2009, but didn’t start a bachelor’s program right away because there was talk of us moving and I wanted to see what was going on before I decided on anything. Fast forward, we did move, and I waited a year to establish residency in TX so I could get in-state tuition. I was originally going to go into sociology, but after doing some soul searching decided not to.
I kind of fell bass-akwards into looking at tech/trade schools and found out there is a court reporting school in the city I live in. I think this could be super interesting, but it’s a 2.5 year program that’s online and has a pretty high start up cost because I have to purchase the stenography equipment and software.
A little back-story, I worked at a kennel for 2 years, loved it, but due to problems with upper management, decided to quit back in November and took a 6 month hiatus from dogs in general, except for my own of course. I also found out there is a Vet Tech school in the city that is 18 months, and with my previous managerial experience in an animal situation, could get a job fairly easily after graduation.
My problem is I really can’t decide…I see pros and cons of each. I’m leaning towards the vet tech, because when talking to the lady at the school, I was thinking “why exactly have I waited this long to get back to animals…?” But I could make about 15k more a year with the court reporting… But that’s working for the government, and that makes me nervous because, well, they gots no more moneys…
I guess I just need non-biased views maybe? Everyone, I’ve talked to has an opinion too, but most let me talk it out and just re-say what I’ve already told them. Does anyone on here work in either of these fields? Advice? Comments? Anything? lol
Post # 3
Being in the law field and seeing what court reporters do every day, I would say go animals!!! There are not many good positions available in courthouses and such and otherwise you would be sitting in a deposition listening to people yap at each other. And you can’t space out, at all, ever. I love animals and wanted to be a vet but wasn’t smart enough for the science classes. Go with what you love! That 15k won’t even enter your mind if you’re happy/satisfied with your job.
Post # 4
I’d guess that a court reporter would make more money. I tend to lean towards that because I wouldn’t want to take the temperature of animals all day – just want to play with them and pet them.
Post # 5
@MrsCoachBtoBee: Thanks. This is what I was looking for. FI’s previous step-mom is a court reporter, but we don’t talk to her anymore, so I can’t really e-mail her and be like “so, how do you like your job?” lol
Post # 6
My sister is a Vet Tech and loves it. While I’m assuming a court reporter makes a salary, Vet Tech’s get paid hourly and always have the option to work overtime. So maybe take money out of the equation. She has never had trouble finding a job and has been able to move around as she pleases. She also takes part in volunteer vacations. Where they host spay and neuter clinics in tropical Islands (the ones shes been on at least). And for only the cost of airfare, has plenty of time to enjoy the trip as well. Oh, my coworkers daughter is going to africa for 3 weeks on something similar, but hers is more of a learning experience, with school credits.
Vet Tech is very physically demanding and hands on job. But they do get the satisfaction of helping animals and their owners. A court reporter does not have the same physical demands but they do get to hear some interesting cases. A Vet Tech often works weekends, a court reporter does not…
I really don’t know too much about court reporting but I would suggest starting with a list of pros and cons for each career path.
Post # 7
As someone who is about 60k in debt for a degree that I LOVE but know will not make me rich (and will take my whole adult life to pay off), I’m going to tell you to do what makes you happy, even if you’re making 15k less.
I cannot imagine anything more tragic than going into work every single morning for half a century or more doing something that you hate or doesn’t make you happy. Think about it. We spend the majority of our concious lives working, and when you look back on it, I think you would notice the 15k less than you would the fact that you worked your life away doing something that wasn’t “you”.
Post # 8
I think that you would have much more enjoyment and fulfillment as a Vet Tech (based on how you’ve described yourself and talked about the two positions).
That is worth way more than $15K a year, IMO.
ETA: This is coming from someone who is currently in a job I despise and would do anything to get into a job that provides me with some satisfaction and fulfillment. It isn’t worth the moeny to dislike your job.
Post # 9
@msgraphics: Thanks. I’ve done the pro/con list lol. It was nice seeing it all laid out on paper for me, but past that, I think just confused me more. I liked hearing about the opportunities your sister had though.
@Sunshining: Good point! I can’t imagine doing something I don’t love. And I loved working with the animals at the kennel, it was the upper management that I had a problem with.
@Mrs.KMM: I’m sorry you dislike your job so much 🙁 I think I’d enjoy the vet tech also, and that’s what I’m leaning towards. But for some reason I’m still hesitant.