Thinking about switching tracks completely?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

futuremrste:  Not sure where you are since I know higher ed has different courses outside the U.S.

I went to a small private liberal arts college. Switched from political science to economics to sociology/anthropology and added environmental studies. I still finished in four years. 

Went to law school. Dropped out. Went to a startup and moved from an operational creative role to an analytical one. Switched to marketing at another startup. Switched to PR. Switched agencies. Back at a startup now. No regrets. It’s a little crazy, but <shrug> I know a lot and can adjust as the startup needs me to. 

The key was to keep building. You have a BA. I don’t understand why you need a 2nd bachelor’s degree for teaching or business. Why wouldn’t you get an M.Ed or an MBA? Build on your skills, not move backwards. 

As for the horse thing, do or do not. There is no try.

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I have the same question as bitsybee:, why are you doing a 4 year business course when you could just do an MBA seeing as you already have a BA? It would certainly not take as long to get. I would look into it ASAP because you might be able to sick it out for a few years rather than 4. Also, have you asked the company you work for if they would cover the cost of your courses? Many companies help out a bit to pay for training/degrees of their employees in order to up-skill their workforce and keep them happy.

This is what I would do: 

  • See if I can do a shorter business course
  • Keep plugging away at the business course for now, you know you love what you currently do and to keep doing it you most likely need it
  • Keep riding and studying for teaching of riding, like you said, that wouldn’t be for another 2-3 years anyway, enough time to finish your business course 
  • You’ve already sunk money into the business course, why not just keep going with it
  • If teaching riding ends up to be your lifelong calling then a business degree will help you get a job running/owning/being a part of a riding school 
  • If teaching riding doesn’t hold the joy for you you’ll have the business stuff to fall back on
Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

So it would take you 2-3 yrs to beable to coach beginers, and 3-4 yrs to get ur BA, can you afford to live on just doing coaching for beginners and having a horse and competing for the next years or so before you advance? Is there a strong market/work as a coach? Because atleast with ur BA I’m sure you could find more work and have your horse as a hobby. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

futuremrste:  Well, just remember you don’t want to enter a pie eating contest where the prize is more pie. 

In the U.S., teachers need a bachelor’s degree and a certification. That degree could be a BA or a BS or a B.Ed, so pardon me for not understanding, since the certification is what’s key. Again, why couldn’t you get an M.Ed to teach? Wouldn’t that fulfill the degree requirement?

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

futuremrste:  Ok, I understand a little bit more now.

So, you have two rungs you can move up before you’d have to have an MBA and getting an MBA requires years of management experice….which you would have after moving up those ladder rungs, right? You said yourself that it’s not until AFTER your manager’s manager that people have a business degree. So why worry about it now? In a few years you can study your MBA, supported by your experience and hopefully by your company too and it will be a shorter study length.

OR by that time you may have decided that all you want to do it horse ride and by then you should be teaching anyway. 

So, studying your horse riding courses, stop the business stuff and pick it back up in a few/5 years when you actually need it, have more experience and know that that’s what you want. 

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