(Closed) Job satisfaction vs. Job security?? (post by FI himself!)

posted 5 years ago in Career
  • poll: If you were me, you would:
    Leave my current position and go to Graduate school to pursue my dream : (9 votes)
    69 %
    Stick with my current job and try to transfer to a biologist position later : (4 votes)
    31 %
    Feel very torn and confused. : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    1685 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    You’ll only consider the school thing so for long. It’d be a bummer if you decided against it and just stuck with something you’re not truly in love with, and then never went back to school because you feel it’s “too late.” My vote is to have at it! More education will NEVER harm you. Unhappiness and feeling unfulfilled will!

    Post # 4
    1849 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Is part-time pursuit of the masters degree an option? If not, I would follow the education dream unless the lost income would result in financial hardship. I wouldn’t want this dark cloud of feeling like I missed my calling hanging over my head (which is precisely why I too am following higher education goals instead of earning money as a college graduate). Figure out if you can still keep food on the table without your job, and go from there. 


    Post # 5
    361 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Is there any way that you can keep your job AND go back for your Master’s?  I’ll be honest, I’m on my 3rd post-undergrad degree.  I’ve worked through all of them.. Yes, it can be tough, but totally worthwhile.  You keep your job, gain experience, and continue your education.  Unfortunately, I don’t know a whole of about your area of expertise, so I don’t know what the Master’s programs look like.  I did my Master’s on campus, but am going for my two post-master’s degrees through a cohort, and LOVE IT!

    Post # 6
    3968 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @OnceUponATime:  This depends on how much the degree costs, and could you at least work part-time for some income. Will you and your fiancee (OnceUponaTime) have health insurance during this period? Do you currently have student loans you’d be adding to? I realize this is a tough spot, and while right now I totally get the “not being fulfilled” part and just needing the job security– just beacuse you get your master’s does not necessarily mean that more opportunities will be open to you (that sounds harsher than it was meant to be). I have a masters in a different field that fisheries, but sometimes it kills me how I’m overqualified for positions that ARE available and while they don’t pay a lot, they pay more than the nothing I make just babysitting. Does that make any sense? 

    Post # 8
    1849 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @OnceUponATime:  Well, I’m completely biased, since I myself am currently a research assistant in a physiology lab and a TA for an undergraduate biology course. I love it, and he’d make more than I do! I understand your budgetary concerns, and you should definitely come up with some contingency plans for worst case scenarios if he leaves his job, but I personally would absolutely go for the grad school plan. 

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