Post # 1
I think, I just decided this today. I’ve played with the idea before but now I’m seriously considering it. I’m going to go back for a second bachelors in Public Administration and then maybe go for a masters in the same field.
I’m pretty excited. It means a long distance relationship for a bit but we can do it!
I just hope this isn’t a big mistake. But I am so tired of working well below my potential.
Post # 3
Hooray for life plans! 😀 Does it feel good to make the decision?
Post # 5
That’s awesome! It will be worth it in the long run. 🙂
Post # 7
congrats! the time will fly by and you’ll be done with the program before you know it!
Post # 8
Congrats!! That’s very exciting!
What type of job are you hoping to get eventually? What does public administration do? I sound really uneducated right now, but I have never heard of that degree. It sounds fun! I’ve always had a dream to be Pam from The Office and that’s what it sounds like to me, except in a public sector type job. 🙂
Post # 9
Awesome for doing things and chasing dreams!
Sadly, I’m on an anti-education skint at the moment.
Do you have good scholarships or funding? Is there a good job market out there for the position types? what is your first degree in?
Post # 10
@accorn:Improving yourself is NEVER a ‘big mistake’. Good for you…I wish I had made the choices you are making when I was younger!
Post # 11
I would really like to be a Human Resources manager but have also thought about working for the city and getting into city management. This degree would help with either career.
I have tried to get in through entry level positions but I’m having a hard time finding those in my area and when I do find them they scoff at my lack of degree in a related field.
I don’t currently have scholarships because I literally just decided this but I am going to look into them- I may actually be starting Spring semester so it will be difficult to find them on short notice. I am already submitting my FAFSA but that would only be for government subsidized loans because pell grants are only for undergraduate students pursuing their first degree. I wish I had decided to do this while I was still in undergrad and double majored!
Post # 12
It took me being out of college for 2 years to realize that I was not working up to my potential, either. I recently decided what to go back for and I am very excited to be on his health insurance soon so that when I have everything ready, I can go back and knock this Master’s out!
Yay for you! Isn’t it a relief when the bulb goes off and you suddenly know what you should do!?
Post # 13
That’s great! I’m a big proponent of going back to school to get on the career track you want!
Have you considered just applying for a MPA program instead of getting a second bachelors degree? Most MPA programs only have a few course pre-requisites, so you just need any undergraduate degree, not one in public admin. If you don’t have the pre-reqs from whatever degree you have now, just take those specific classes, not do another degree. Just something to consider so you can skip a lot of debt/headache.
Post # 14
Agree with BostonBee. Can you go straight to a Master’s program?
I went back to school for my masters’ three years ago, at the same time as my husband! It was stressful, but we both graduated last December and I got a much better job.
Post # 15
@Boston Bee: @hotchildinthecity: I will probably go back for my masters but for now this is an opportunity to raise my GPA a little bit and because I unknowingly was already taking classes that would go towards a Public Administration degree I can cram it all into one semester (or semester and a half). So it is partially a “Why not?” type of situation. If I need to take a few classes to get into a particular MPA program why not just go for the bachelors?
Also, I don’t know if we will be in the same place for the next three years so I do not want to start here (or Dallas) and then have to stay behind when/if FI(DH by then) changes jobs.