(Closed) How much education are you striving for?

posted 11 years ago in College
  • poll: How much education is enough for you?

    Just high school, thanks!

    Trade school or AA (culinary school, carpentry, that kind of stuff)

    BS or BA

    2+ Bachelors (double majors?)

    MS/MSE/MBA

    PhD

    Law or medical school

    Educational melting pot

    I'm deciding/don't know, and/or I'm winging it

  • Post # 48
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    hahah I can’t stop going to school. 

    I have a B.S.Sp. in Political Communication, a J.D., an L.LM. in Environmental and Health Law…….hated being an attorney so I changed my career. 

    I got my 200 RYT through the Finding Inner Peace Yoga School.

    I went to the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and I am a Holistic Health Counselor certified with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.

    Now I am in IIN’s graduate program and working on my second 200 hr RYT in Soul Sweat Asana.

     

    I have hopes of going to India next year to complete my 500 hr. in Integral Yoga. ๐Ÿ™‚

     

    I enjoy learning.

    Post # 49
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

    Actually, @ejs, I did work in undergrad, although it was only 20 hours a week and it was at jobs that I really enjoyed (academic advising through my honors program and SAT/GRE tutoring at an outside company). Once I got out and started earning a real living, I liked that, too. Giving up the regular paycheck to go back to school is  a major part of why I hate law school so much ;).

    Post # 50
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    @miss spaniel.Funny. I loved law school….I hated practicing law. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Post # 51
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    Newbee

    I voted for MS/MSE/MBA, but really I have an M.A., and not planning more. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 52
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

    @Terra: I always hear it’s one or the other… man I hope I like practicing law better than I like law school! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Post # 53
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I am in that rare 2 + Bachelor’s group. I initially did a BSc in Microbiology and Immunology, but I decided towards the end of that program that I wasn’t interested in getting my masters (most place begin hiring scientists at the master’s level) and that in fact, I really didn’t like research at all. So I took a year off, moved across the country with Fiance, and then decided I wanted to go back to school for a nursing degree. Now I am in my final semester of nursing school! I am so sick of school its not even funny.

    So when I am done, I will be!

    Valhalla, BSc, BScN, RN

    Phew! What a mouthful.

    Post # 54
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I am about to graduate with a B.J. Yes, a B.J. – Bachelor’s of Journalism, with an emphasis in Media Convergence and a concentration in Magazine Writing. 

    While I love my school and my degree, I may in the future want to get another bachelor’s or a master’s, depending on what path my career takes. I am pretty young and its very likely, especially with the job market, that I may want to do something other than journalism and need more education.

    Though right now, I’m ready to take a break from school!

    Post # 55
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I love school… always have and I always will.  I chose Ph.D because my background is in counseling/psychology and in order to get a good job, and because of all the competetion in my field, you need to get a doctorate degree.  Who knows how long it’ll take me though!  Embarassed

    Post # 56
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Wow, we have A LOT of educated members here!  I have my BA and right now, that’s enough for me!  I’m so burnt out from school that I’m not sure if I’ll ever have the desire to go back, unless it’s just for fun.

    Post # 57
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    Bumble bee

    i have a BA in Economics and am getting my MBA degree. I will be done next May, yay!!

    Post # 58
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2010 - Anela Garden Chapel & Japanese Cultural Center, Honolulu

    I have a BS in electrical engineering, which is quite enough for me, but I’m thinking of night-classing for an MBA just for kicks and giggles.  Though I only have one class right now, it’s a pain now that I’ve got a wedding to plan.

    Post # 59
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    Buzzing bee

    I have a B.S. in Chemistry, and I’m in my second year of law school at Florida State (@ otb- who is your friend that’s a second year here?), so in May 2011 I’ll be getting my J.D.

    I was the first person in my family to go to college, and I just loved learning, so I knew I wanted to go grad school.  As a chemistry major, I was on the med school path, but decided that if I can’t even watch the surgeries on Grey’s Anatomy without getting grossed out, then medicine may not be the way to go. haha.  So I just randomly applied to law school.  Love law school, hated working over the summer.  I’m actually looking to go into academia and being a professor so I can get paid for being in school. ๐Ÿ™‚

    For those of you considering law school, please don’t do it.  There are wayyyyy too many lawyers and not even close to enough jobs.  I’m on Law Review, top 10% of my class, which are the general credentials for BigLaw, and I’m struggling to get a job.  And the economy is changing how companies recruit, so it’s not going to go back to the way it was.  Please please please strongly think about whether you want to go $70+k in debt because there is a very strong chance that you will not come out of law school making that much.  jdunderground.com can give you an idea of how things are… not good at all.  And if you’re considering going to a school out of the top 20, it’s really not worth it.  Don’t rely on U.S. News stats–the 96% employment rates include people working at starbucks and things, which is fine, but not exactly what someone with a law degree wants to be doing.  Please be informed before you decide to go… yes, there will be the “prestige” factor of saying that you’re a lawyer, but nowadays, that does not coincide with making a lot of money.

    Post # 60
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @Boston Bee – there are jobs out there for new lawyers.  You just have to be willing to work your way up to the big dollars.  If law school and being a lawyer is what you want, I recommend going.  A JD can do more for you than just being a lawyer.  For me, I worked full time during law school and got a lot of practical experience as a corporate and finance paralegal.  I had a job waiting for me after graduation and even before I passed the bar.  So, it all depends on what you’re doing “law school” for.  I recommend that people take 2 years off after undergrad and work in a law firm as a paralegal or clerk to get the feel of what you’ll be doing.  You’ll also meet a lot of people.  It’s is who you know. Networking is key in the legal field.  So, although there are not A LOT of jobs listed on the want ads for lawyers, if you know someone, you can get a great job.  Also, a JD and a bar card is all you need to start your own practice.  It’s rough in the beginning with any career. 

    To answer the thread, I have a JD and am working part time (very part time) on my MBA – Corporate Finance concentration.  I also hope to go and get my Ph.D. in Public Administration or Political Science one day.  After my kids are off in their own careers, I hope to be able to scale back on practicing law and start teaching undergrad or even law school one day.  Hence, the desire for hte Ph.D.  For now, I’m good with the JD and the MBA (whenever I finish that one). 

    Post # 61
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    @BostonBee  Hahaha whenever people ask me law school questions the first thing I say is “don’t go”   I graduated just after 9/11…exactly with the big firm hiring bubble burst. It was hard finding a job. I was 6th in my class, moot court and Environmental Law Clinic. I couldnt find a job to save my life.  I actually ended up going back for an LL.M. Now I have over 100K of debt because of it.  I loved the learning. I hated the practicing.

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