(Closed) Late Night Thinking…Higher Education, how did you choose?

posted 3 years ago in College
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek

I think your reason for considreing going back to school is a very good one! I majored in something impractical (English). Late in my sophomore year, I saw a poster about helping first- and second-grade struggling readers. I applied and got a position…and I LOVED it. So I decided to go the teaching route. Because I majored in something other than education, I had to get my master’s in education before I could start teaching. Now I’m getting a certificate in educational leadership because I decided I’d rather focus on curriculum/instruction and supervising new teachers.

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I’m going back to get something I can work with, and complete quicker than a degree. I think you can actually do the cyber security master online for under $5k and then figure out law school later! 

I just saw some! Check Rutgers, NYU, ECornell and Baruch. Good luck!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

ecampbell :  and you shush. English is an excellent base for ANY job! Go look online at the programs I suggested if you really want a career change/boost. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee

I always wanted to be a writer, so I got a degree in English. 

It was fucking stupid. English isn’t a job. So I went back and got a master’s degree in accounting, because I like numbers and it was practical. I love where my career turned out after that, and having an English undergrad has really been an asset. It just doesn’t stand alone that well. 

So, I had a plan, my plan was garbage, and I took a chance at a new plan. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Mississauga Convention Centre

I followed my heart and I thought about what I would enjoy doing. I really wanted to help unnder privileged children, so I became a child psychologist

Post # 7
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Helper bee

sparklebee19 :  Had an above average job placement rate (higher demand, lower supply), paid decent (worth the cost?) and most importantly did I love the field.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Joining in with the English majors lol. I went to school to be a high school English teacher, so my degree was absolutely relevant, obviously. I went back to get my M.Ed a semester after I graduated. I didn’t want to wait too long and get out of studying and writing habits. I went back because it did increase my pay, but I also just really enjoy school in general. I would like to work in curriculum planning eventually, and having a higher degree is needed (or at least highly preferred). I picked a school based on convenience and “prestige”. I didn’t go to a prestigious school by any means, but it’s well known regionally for its education program. I also picked this particular school because it offered flexible class schedules since I was teaching full time as well. I was able to take online classes in the fall and spring semesters and attended face to face classes in the summer.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: A restaurant on the beach

For me it was easy. From the time I popped out of the womb my parents told my twin sister and me that we’d be doctors. Luckily, I had the opportunity to work in an ER for 5+ years and I actually enjoy medicine. I chose to major in biology in undergraduate because that would help me do well on the MCAT (medical entrance exam). Then I did a masters degree in biomedical sciences to further prepare me and to give me an edge when applying to a residency program after medical school. And then finally I applied and got accepted! My parents picked my undergraduate university. They paid for my education so a state school was my only option. They also paid for my masters but I chose an out of state university because the university is attached to the medical school that I wanted to go to. I chose my medical school based on location. I wanted a calming rural environment without many distractions, far away from my mum. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: Backyard

I did my undergrad in theology and had planned to have a career in youth ministry or possibly eventually go to seminary and get ordained. I did work in youth ministry for a couple of years and discovered it just wasn’t for me. I knew it was time to find dsomething else, but had no idea what.

The word “listen” kept presenting itself in my life, so much so that I couldn’t ignore it. At that same time, the counselor at my church was having a big impact on my life and I was finding that what I liked most about my job was when I had the opportunity to sit with kids individually and have meaningful conversations. 

All of this seemed to be adding up to counseling. Could this be the career for me? I hadn’t ever considered it before and had even laughed people off when they had suggested I would be good at it. What I knew is that it was time for a new adventure, so I got a master’s in counseling.

It turns out that it was the perfect fit for me. It was a matter of listening to my intuition and following where my gut was taking me. This may not be the best way for everyone to make decisions, but I am a believer that  it is a valid one. Don’t be afraid to follow your intuition!

Post # 14
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Busy bee

When I was finishing up my B.Eng, two of my favourite profs approached me and asked me to do a Master of Applied Science with them. I had been attending career fairs and going to interviews but nothing had grabbed me yet, so I looked the idea of delaying adulthood by two more years.

The degree is neat because the “applied” part typically means you’re partnering up with a company and a real world problem. The company therefore contributes monetarily to your degree. That, plus various scholarships, meant I earned about $25k/year tax free for the two years I pursued my degree. Not too shabby! And in the end the company loved my work and it turned into a full time job. I’m still there 7 years later!

Post # 15
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Blushing bee

 

HesworththeWait :  These are just certificate programs, not masters programs.

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