Post # 1
Here is the story. I am working on my bachelor’s in Social Work and will be going on for my Masters. I am currently working a desk job basically doing nothing to do with my major. Its really boring. I have nothing to do all day, every day so I work on homework.
I have wanted to get into the field and start working for experience but am struggling to get in anywhere. I would have to take a pay cut and right now I complete all my homework and studying while I am at work which offers me some free time at home. I make decent money, but can’t afford to take a pay cut.
What would you bees do? Stay where you are at til after graduation?
Look for something in the field to gain experience and suffer through the pay cut?
Post # 3
Stay where you are until after graduation. Its a rather nice set up to be able to get paid to do your homework. I would milk that! its not easy to be working full time and in school and to be able to kind of do both things while your on the clock is nice since it allows you to still have a life outside of work and school. I would maybe keep looking around casually and see if you stumble upon anything worth it. But please do not take a pay cut and lose the opportunity that you have. It might be boring, but its only temporary. So use it to your advantage.
Post # 4
can you get a part time internship or something to boost your experience?
Post # 5
Stay where you are. I agree that you really need to take advantage of getting your homework done at work. You’re getting paid to complete your degree, essentially.
Post # 6
Could you cut back on some of your hours at your current job and also take an internship in your field? I know more internships don’t pay much, and sometimes nothing, but it would be great for you to have some experience.
Post # 7
I say stay but only because you said you can’t afford to take a paycut – you have to be able to provide for yourself and your education.
If it weren’t for that, I’d say look for a job in your field to get yourself ahead of the competition.
Post # 8
@AmyFarrahFowler: cutting back would be taking a cut in pay, and I just can’t do that.
Post # 9
honestly i would stay put. i get a lot of my homework done at work and its a huge help. when work gets busy and i cant get my studying in there, i feel a major crunch in my home life.
i am in the same boat as you, working on getting into social work/counseling and stuck in a desk job talking about insurance. to help me soul not die, and pad the resume for my future, i volunteer at a counseling center for grieving children. maybe some volunteering would help you feel less stuck in a dead end job?
Post # 10
@bostongirl27: I have done tons of volunteering over the last 4 or 5 years. So much that my fiance told me I had to take a break. I work full time at my desk job, part-time at another job and am a full time student so free time is scarce. I was burning myself out at my last volunteer gig. I was an on-call advocate for a local sexual assault program. You take overnight shifts and are on call from 5pm to 7am. I wasn’t getting any sleep because I was taking 11 to 15 nights a month. I needed a break.
I guess I could try something a lil less time consuming for a while.