(Closed) NWR: Advice about school

posted 7 years ago in College
Post # 3
1723 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Being in the law field and seeing what court reporters do every day, I would say go animals!!!  There are not many good positions available in courthouses and such and otherwise you would be sitting in a deposition listening to people yap at each other.  And you can’t space out, at all, ever.  I love animals and wanted to be a vet but wasn’t smart enough for the science classes.  Go with what you love!  That 15k won’t even enter your mind if you’re happy/satisfied with your job.  

Post # 4
3572 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’d guess that a court reporter would make more money.  I tend to lean towards that because I wouldn’t want to take the temperature of animals all day – just want to play with them and pet them.

Post # 6
624 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

My sister is a Vet Tech and loves it.  While I’m assuming a court reporter makes a salary, Vet Tech’s get paid hourly and always have the option to work overtime.  So maybe take money out of the equation.  She has never had trouble finding a job and has been able to move around as she pleases. She also takes part in volunteer vacations.  Where they host spay and neuter clinics in tropical Islands (the ones shes been on at least).  And for only the cost of airfare, has plenty of time to enjoy the trip as well.  Oh, my coworkers daughter is going to africa for 3 weeks on something similar, but hers is more of a learning experience, with school credits.

Vet Tech is very physically demanding and hands on job. But they do get the satisfaction of helping animals and their owners. A court reporter does not have the same physical demands but they do get to hear some interesting cases.  A Vet Tech often works weekends, a court reporter does not… 

I really don’t know too much about court reporting but I would suggest starting with a list of pros and cons for each career path.



Post # 7
283 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

As someone who is about 60k in debt for a degree that I LOVE but know will not make me rich (and will take my whole adult life to pay off), I’m going to tell you to do what makes you happy, even if you’re making 15k less.

I cannot imagine anything more tragic than going into work every single morning for half a century or more doing something that you hate or doesn’t make you happy. Think about it. We spend the majority of our concious lives working, and when you look back on it, I think you would notice the 15k less than you would the fact that you worked your life away doing something that wasn’t “you”.

Post # 8
13096 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think that you would have much more enjoyment and fulfillment as a Vet Tech (based on how you’ve described yourself and talked about the two positions).

That is worth way more than $15K a year, IMO.

ETA: This is coming from someone who is currently in a job I despise and would do anything to get into a job that provides me with some satisfaction and fulfillment.  It isn’t worth the moeny to dislike your job.

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