- 2 years ago
- Wedding: June 2020
So right now I am in a media studies bachelor’s program and set to graduate Fall 2019. I could graduate Spring 2019, a semester earlier, if I wanted to, but am waiting for my husband to graduate from his engineering program. I do enjoy media and have a lovely resume set up for it, but am unsure how I want this to translate into a career. I have a lot of flexibility in this as my husband and I have agreed he will be the main breadwinner and my income will be supplemental. We also plan on me being a Stay-At-Home Mom when we start having kids, about 6 years from now.
I’m feeling a bit torn since I’m feeling very drawn to being an academic advisor for college students, or even a college professor. Previous to this, I have had many stints with teaching: I tutored at the middle and elementary schools 3 our of my 4 years in high school, I did a semester of Art Education (my original major), and worked in a daycare for over a year, taking some early childhood education classes at the same time. There are many reasons why I chose not to pursue these fields as a major – daycare workers are grossly underpaid, and there’s a lot of problems in the public school system that I did not want to devote my life to. My cousin and her husband, whom I lived with for a few months last summer, are public school teachers and having watched what they go through and have to do on a daily basis really turned me off to teaching. I want to have a job that has some work-life balance.
When attending a tech school for my Photography degree, is when I first started feeling drawn to teaching a college setting. A lot of the public school problems do not apply to colleges, and while they still have many problems of their own, I don’t mind them nearly as much. It would also be a lot easier to have part time work through the college when our future kids are young.
It was also around this time that I became drawn to academic advising, as I was doing a better job planning and implementing my academic career than my actual advisor was (he wasn’t really a bad advisor either). In addition, I truly ENJOY planning pretty much everything, including schedules. I’m currently offering to my friends to plan out the rest of their college schedules because I truly find it fun! When the class offerings for the next semester are released and I get to make my schedule, I call it “the best time of the year”. Not joking.
However, if I want to be an academic adviser or college professor, I will need a Master’s in Education (with focus on adult teaching). This is where my dilemma comes in: I don’t know is if I should continue as planned or if I should go for my Master’s right away. If I do go for my Master’s, I can stay at the university I’m currently attending, as they do have a great education program.
Scenario 1: Graduate with Bachelor’s Fall 2019, work for a few years, decide not to pursue Master’s. – original plan, cheapest plan.
Scenario 2: Graduate with Bachelor’s Fall 2019, work for a few years, decide to work at a college, go for Master’s degree. – current plan, but may be in grad school while TTCing.
Scenario 3: Graduate with Bachelor’s Spring 2019, go for Master’s right away, graduate with Master’s Spring 2020, work in either media or at a college. – Would get the best financial aid for master’s degree, higher workload though. All education out of the way immediately, but might not ever utilize it.
It’s nothing I need to decide this very moment, but should decide relatively soon as it will affect my school schedule for this fall. Other things I’m factoring into this decision are: how much education do I want if I plan on being a Stay-At-Home Mom for a fair amount of time, what jobs could I work part time as a Stay-At-Home Mom, how much do I really want in student loans (especially with a June 2020 wedding that we’re paying for), how much would grad school cost me if I go later, is there potential for my employer to pay for my grad school, how difficult grad school would be with young children, and what do I want to invest in my career (seeing as it doesn’t need to be a highly lucrative one).
Any advice is welcome! Especially from those who have done Master’s, work in media, or work for colleges. Thank you!