(Closed) More school or Job? Money trouble

posted 9 years ago in Career
  • poll: borrow money and go to school or job?
    borrow money and go to school : (1 votes)
    20 %
    work full time (once finding a job) : (3 votes)
    60 %
    other- will explain in post : (1 votes)
    20 %
  • Post # 3
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    1205 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    My advice is to look for a job. School is really expensive and unless you’re sure you can get a better paying job, it can leave you with a lot of debt to pay off. What kind of job do you think you’ll get after you have your second degree? Can you go part-time, or even take some sort of fluency test so you can show you have the value of being bilingual even if you don’t have a degree?

    You might consider going part time, especially if you can get tuition assistance from work.

    Full disclosure: I’m a little biased because I have a job that has nothing to do with my degree and would be a decent salary if I weren’t paying off my student loans. That’s why I say your degree should open up specific job opportunities if you want to pursue it.

    This is a tough situation to be in. Good luck!

    Post # 4
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    1023 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I’d say get a job. You want to go back for a degree in Spanish, but there are other ways to learn a new language and that’s what its all about in the long run right? Maybe save up while you have a job and then live in Spain for a few months. You’ll learn real quick!

    Post # 5
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    4385 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    this might sound blunt, but really how much is a spanish degree going to help you get a job? maybe i am ignorant because i am not from your area (i’m canadian), but unless you live in a city where spanish is basically a second language, i’m thinking it might not help at all.

    i vote for continuing your job search. i know it’s tough, i just started working and i applied to soooo many positions and only had 1 interview. but hang in there, and save up some money for school you may want to do later. i think a masters degree would be more valuable to you anyways 🙂

    good luck with whatever you decide!

    Post # 7
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    1023 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Are you going back to the school you got your original degree at? I know at mine I can go back and major in any program in the liberal arts college that has a BA program and only have to complete the degree requirements, which would take 2 years TOPS (more like 1-1.5) full time. Is that an option for you? If its not too expensive and then I would say borrow for it. That said I go to an instate public school so tuition isn’t that bad for me (but still expensive).

    Post # 8
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    1023 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I think in the U.S. knowing Spanish is a highly marketable skill. Especially where I am from. Many employers, particularly those whose field is in social services grab onto bilingual applicants.

    Post # 9
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    7174 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    You can take Spanish classes without getting a degree in Spanish (if fluency for job applications is the goal).  I would focus on finding a job and then take Spanish classes at night.

    However, if your parents are able to help you, without it straining them, and are willing – I would swallow my pride and accept the help.  If the aforementioned is the case, you are very, very lucky to be in that position.  

    Post # 10
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    14186 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Frankly, how do you think a spanish degree will help? I know a few people with bachelors in psychology and they now work at places like the Gap. You really need upper level education to get into a good field

    Pick something that will further your career. A spanish degree, depending on what you want to do, may not even help you out, but put you further in the hole.

    After all, you do want to be able to afford all those loans when you are done

    Post # 11
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    6009 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    While I agree that Spanish is a super valuable tool in getting a job, I honestly think getting a second Bachelor’s in Spanish is a bit of overkill.  Typically, at least at our company, bilingual skills can be proven by conversing in another language during the interview, or even by showing one of two courses taken in language within the last few years.  I think learning Spanish would be incredibly valuable in your job search, but a degree would be a waste of time and money, imo.  Especially since a Bachelor’s in Spanish often requires practical study in a Spanish-speaking country.  It would take at least a couple years to finish up a second degree.

    Instead, could you enroll in some Spanish language courses at the local community college?  Or, even better, just by the Rosetta Stone Spanish language package.  My husband and I bought Spanish I, II, and III off eBay for $250.  About a year into it, our Spanish has drastically improved.  You can easily do the courses while working, and you’ll be able to save up some money for grad school in the future. 

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