(Closed) College and Job Confusion… kinda long

posted 9 years ago in College
Post # 3
650 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Have you looked for jobs with your degree? I find it hard that you wouldnt be able to use it for at least SOMETHING.

A lot of us have had to work jobs in the meantime just to buy some time before school or an actual job works out, you know? Working and getting the wedding out of the way might be a good thing before starting school again, you know?

Post # 4
2103 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I think you should start looking for jobs and really consider taking a year off from school.

Also, remember the application process is not just about grades – job/intern/volunteer experiences, campus involvement, etc. all play a part. And some schools only have so many spots to give out. I know in my program, they had 3 spots. I was lucky enough to get one, but there are hundreds, sometimes even thousands applying. With the economy the way it is, more people have been going back to school as an escape. In that case, you as a college student may be pitted against folks who have years of experience in the field. Don’t get down about yourself.

And as far as getting a job beneath you, I spent a few months making fast food and scrubbing dirty toilets and I have a Master’s degree (okay, I’ll have it officially in about a month 😛 ). You do what you have to do. Life could be worse than having a secretarial job. And you never know what kind of connections you can make. Stay positive.

Post # 5
1456 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Even if you volunteer or work a semi-menial job (classroom aide, lunch aide, some assisant job) at a school, a school for the deaf, or a speeth pathology office, that’s better than working outisde your field or going to a program that makes you want to die, lol.

My Fiance and I are going through a similar thing, trying to get our grad programs organized, staying in the same city together, etc. It will all work out though! I know people hate to hear that, but if you network til you’re blue in the face and perhaps consider some unpaid or intern work, I’m sure you’ll be able to find something.

I’m taking a year off to do City Year; maybe consider something through Americorps, or if there is a deaf volunteer group similar to that, maybe look into that. It may not pay very well (or at all) but it would look great on your resume!

Post # 6
13889 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think you should consider taking some time off and working.  The work experience will help your application on the next go-around, and you shouldn’t settle on a graduate program that’s not 100% in your field if you have little interest in pursuing that as your career.  Grad degrees should be something that you’re really passionate about!

No job is ever beneath anyone if it puts food on the table and a roof over your head. 

Post # 7
1766 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Have you talked to career services or the alumni office?  They might have some information about what other graduates in your major did as their first jobs after college. I’m sure they would be happy to talk to you.

There are also some online graduate programs in Speech Language Pathology, e.g. at the University of Northern Colorado. You could move in with your fiance and still work on your degree.

Post # 8
454 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I agree with PP…look for a job in your field and reapply to Grad school in a year.  You are fortunate in that your degree is more specialized than a standard Liberal Arts degree…I think if you search and network, you can find something entry-level and related to your field.  This will help build your resume, as well as build your Grad application.  And I cannot agree more with what  @abbie017 said. No job is EVER beneath anyone if it helps you provide.  Unfortunately, I see so many of peers settling for jobs that are “beneath them.”  The reality is, we grew up seeing our parents and even people slightly older than us graduate and instantly find fantastic jobs.  This is no longer the case for the bulk of us.  Keep your chin up.  You seem ambitious and goal-oriented, and that will pay off for you in the long run.

Post # 9
3728 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: City, State

Take some time off and get experience working with special education students/deaf students (I know they are not the same) in the state that you see yourself living in for a long time. A teachers’ aid, speech pathologist’s assitant, and an intern are all good starting points. So is a public school secretary (trust me on this one). Then enroll in some courses in a masters program close to you part time. If you work for a school, they will pay for it. It doesn’t matter if it is the best program or exactly what you want, because schools rarely know or care where you went to school when they hire you.

If you like your work and enjoy working with students, then apply for other jobs in the system and continue your program. If you don’t love it, apply for a different job or a full time program.

I work with a lot of teachers and have worked for a district, the number one mistake I have seen is people taking out debt to pay for an ed degree and getting a degree without work experience. Teaching is hard (especially sped/deaf and it is worth it to make sure it is the right field for you.

And seriously, go for a public school secretary. It is the one position in a school that you will learn more about education than any other. I do research in schools and my first point of contact is always the secretaries. They know so much more than anyone else in the building about how the system works. As a plus, my secretary made more than the PhD researchers in my office.

Post # 11
5398 posts
Bee Keeper

I just wanted to add that while this seems like a huge frustration now, it will not be in the grand scheme of your career and life. I agree with others about working and reapplying next year. Also, I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. One thing I have learned about life is that no matter how hard you try, you just can’t always make perfect plans, and life works out better that way sometimes. All we can do is what seems the best at the time…so if you don’t like any of your options for grad school at the moment, take some time, work, and get married! My life has taken a LOT of turns due to illness (obligatory be grateful you are healthy), and you just have to roll with it. It will work out for you how it is supposed to.

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