Which did/do you like better: Going to school or working?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

I didn’t go to Law school, but I did get a Masters degree. I’ve always loved school, but I’m not signing up for a PhD anytime soon, lol. I was definitely ready to be done with school when I finished. (But not when I started!!!)

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I graduated college almost 10 years ago, and have worked solidly since. Now I’m back to school full-time still working part time to get my second-degree. Even while working part-time, school is by far easier than full-time work. The academic world is less stringent and more forgiving than the “real world”. In school, if you have a health problem, if you have to go to a friend’s wedding, if you just got really busy or stressed and were not able to do your work on time, 99% of the time you can talk to your professors and get an extension. In the working world deadlines are serious business and if you don’t meet them you lose your company money and get fired. In school, if you mess up and do poorly you feel disappointed in yourself and sometimes disappoint your professors. In the working world you get fired and lose your livelihood. By far the biggest difference, however, is that now that I’m in school almost everything I do feels important and self-fulfilling to me personally. Besides class time, and also able to structure my schedule with much more flexibility. At work, it feels very much more like work and less like bettering myself. 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

Dizbee:  I prefer working. At the end of the day I can punch out and forget about my job, no studying to worry about. Oh yeah, getting paid is good too.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’ve been out of school for about 4 years now and I can see both sides of the argument.  I really liked the flexibility of school (picking class times, generally not being in class 8 hours a day) but I really like receiving a paycheck and feel like I’m working toward something. I also like having my evenings free and weekends free not having to study.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

From work I’ve heard about law school, it’s tons of work/stress with no pay, zero time to even get a part time job.

Anyway I always worked while in school, so I prefer life now that I’m “only” working full time. But I like my job and coworkers too.

 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I feel the same way, having gone straight from high school to college to grad school. I’m finally graduating in December and I can’t freakin’ wait. I don’t think people understand how grueling school can be, especially graduate and professional programs – there’s no life balance! Even when I’m not at class, doing field experience, or in meetings, there’s always something academic-related I should be doing so it’s really difficult to enjoy doing anything else because I feel guilty about it. I’m sure I will miss some aspects of school but I am SO ready to work full-time.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

My FI pointed out that my job is much less stressful than that of a lawyer. Ha.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Dizbee:  School is better, hands down, no question. Law school was stressful but I also had time to run errands, etc.  For the first 10 years after law school, I worked 70-100 hours a week. All that work and you get very little praise or guidance for it, until you’re ready to leave. I left the big firm 6 months ago, now work 50-60 hours and it’s a lot better. But, other than exams and making no money, I’d rather be back in school. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee

missoptimism:  Oh, work too can be worse when it comes to work like balance. Working 80+ hours a week Monday-Sunday is not fun! I have ddonee that for a while now and it’s not worth it.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Dizbee:  Ugh i totally understand. Im a 2L in law school right now. I have always loved school and preferred it over working, but law school is a special kind of hell no one likes. Its miserable! for the first time i am looking forward to working full time with no finals to stress about! good luck to you 🙂

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I don’t miss college one bit as I hated coming home with hours of homework when all I wanted to do was vege. But I also think working is harder in the day to day aspect of having to be there a solid 9 hours. I do have clients though who are lawyers and they get less free time as a paid lawyer than they ever got in school. They bring work jlhome each night and all weekends and NEVER go on vacation because they would miss deadlines.

Post # 15
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Worker bee

I worked 2 jobs totaling over 40 hours per week while I was a full-time student, so I obviously prefer having just 1 job that I love and no school. I lived 20 miles away from my uni (and 10 and 17 miles from my jobs). Now, I live 7 miles away from work. Everything about working is easier, from the commute to the time commitment.

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