(Closed) Anyone with a graduate degree change careers?

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
678 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Yes, I got an advanced degree in the social sciences before deciding to go into education. I first got interested in education through volunteering and doing an Americorps year in a public school, decided it was for me, then went ahead and got another advanced degree in education.

Summer vacation time is indeed fantastic (though many teachers including myself work over the summer months as well), but you have to weigh that against your earning potential, opportunities for advancement, etc, in your current field. Just make sure you do your research and maybe even get some volunteer hours into the setting where you would eventually like to work 🙂

Post # 4
2610 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

My Fiance has a graduate degree in library sciences and worked for years as a teacher/school librarian. He recently switched careers and now works for a national non-profit organization. He’s not opposed to going back into education someday if the right circumstances came along but for now he’s getting better pay, better hours, and better benefits than he did working in education. I also get to see him a lot more! He often worked until 9pm or midnight during the school year and spent at least half his weekend lesson planning. I’m pretty glad those days are over for now.

Post # 5
244 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@MichiganGirl24:  Yep! I got my graduate degree in art history, but ended up working in textbook publishing after I graduated. I got tired of that pretty quickly and really missed working with students, so now I’m working in Higher Education Administration and love it!


Would it be possible (or would you even be interested in) trying to apply your education background to something outdoorsy, like working at an eco/agri-based school?

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