Post # 1
I’m finishing up my graduate degree this year- I’m currently an intern in my field. I’m having second thoughts about my career choice. I like my future career, I just don’t love it.
My plan is to work a few years in my field (5-10) in order to pay off my student loans. Then, I plan to look for a job that is more appealing.
Ideally, I would love to work outdoors and be on my feet, instead of working indoors and sitting on my butt all day.
One plus to my career choice is that it is in the field of education so I’ll have a few months off in the summer and decent holiday vacations (Christmas, Thanksgiving, spring break, etc).
So have any of you pursued an advanced degree just to change career paths down the road?
Post # 3
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
- 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
@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?
Post # 6
@BotticelliLove: I would love that!
One of my goals when I get a job would be to start a school garden and maybe have a garden club or some sort of class to teach children about the benefits of growing your own food. And possibly using this food in school lunches. Maybe adding some chickens or other small farm animals.
I think I could find a career I really love and not have to get any additional education, I’m just a little nervous for the future!