(Closed) Confused about my life plan…

posted 8 years ago in Career
Post # 3
1278 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Awww that sucks. It does seem as if you are a little unsure about what you should do – is there any chance of deferring the study for a semester so that you can save money / apply for scholarships?

Have you looked at other pathways you could take with the agricultural side of the degree? Surely it doesnt lead you just into teaching?

I would take a quick look at the job market and the kind of jobs you may be eligible for, but certainly an education will lead you into better career prospects.

Hope you make up your mind soon – nothing worse than not knowing what to do!

Post # 4
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’m sorry you are confused!  I agree that maybe you should delay going back to school so you don’t have to be stuck with a debt.

I am in the process of a career change myself but thankfully we had the money for me to pay for my grad school tuition.

Post # 5
111 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I would suggest not rushing into things too quickly. I went to law school immediately out of college thinking that I would end up “wasting” a year if I waited, but I wish I had taken that year off. Law school ended up not being the best choice for me, and I ended up finishing just because I was already in, but I think that one year of figuring out my life would have helped a ton. I may have realized that law school’s not my thing. From what I’ve learned, things never turn out according to the “life plan” that you make for yourself. In my opinion, it’s okay to be lost for a while. Even if you end up having to take a couple of part time jobs or temporary jobs if you can’t find a full-time one, it might do you good to take the time and get a bit of perspective instead of rushing.

Just my two cents. Good luck with your decision, and your surgery!

Post # 6
339 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

You are not stuck teaching ag, you can get other certificates easily later on. You could also look at gaining experience through teaching for a while and since you will have your masters you can get a community college job teaching others to be teachers. I am in a similar program to yours, and I don’t feel like it limits me but opens me up to more jobs. I plan on getting multiple certificates, and maybe in the long run teach others to be teachers. 

Post # 8
272 posts
Helper bee

Congratulations on even being accepted to the TFA program, I know it’s extremely competitive!  This is a wild stab at things, but are there are Americorps-type things locally that you could do, or 4H, or any type of service-oriented program that you could do for the year?  I have no idea how the application process works or what the turn-around time is, but I do know that many of these programs have loan-forgiveness clauses.

I originally applied for doctoral programs straight from undergrad and was thrown for a loop when I was only accepted to a masters’ program.  I did the masters in one year, but it didn’t leave me time to thoughtfully apply to doctoral programs and I ended up “wasting” a year in between.  I worked full-time in a corporate setting and am so thankful for the clarity that the year brought me.  I was able to start a doctoral program the next fall knowing that I was committed and eager to complete it.  And looking at things now, the year or two difference in when I’ll have actually completed my doctorate doesn’t mean a whole lot.

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