(Closed) Please give me advice, I feel like time is running out! sorta long

posted 8 years ago in Weddingbee
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I say go for it, if you can be sure of support from your fella! Is there anything he could do to make himself suitable for better, related positions in other companies, as the job market revives?

You’re gonna be workin til you’re 70, most likely, so you might as well do your best to see that you enjoy your working day and that it suits your life and family!

Post # 4
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439 posts
Helper bee

I just turned 30, and I totally understand how you’re feeling.

I have one year left of law school, plus the bar exam next summer.  I’ll be almost 200k in debt when I’m done, and then I have to start a career.

Honestly, I’d go back to school.  It will open up many more opportunities for you.

Post # 5
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769 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Are you truly interested in school counseling?  If so, I say go for it.  Things will work out somehow.  If the hours/money/etc. are the only reason you’re considering it, just make sure you do some serious soul-searching before taking it on.  You don’t want to get locked into a career that you end up not enjoying.

I feel your pain.  I’m almost 30, have decided after being a lawyer for a few years that it isn’t for me and am also thinking about going back to school.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Go back to school!  Kids can always be pushed off.  My mom was 33 when she had me and 35 with my brother, I never once felt like she was “old” and we were daycare kids throughout.  My husband had a stay at home mom and while he’s a well adjusted adult (for the most part), his sisters are completely screwed up and I think a large part of that is an obsessive stay at home mom.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

before you go back to school, i would recommend you check out the program really well and see if they have placement services available and what the job outlook is for that field in your area (i assume you’re not willing to move wherever).

school counseling is a small, but great field–i have several friends who went in that direction. 2 friends spent a LONG time looking for a job in the city they lived in (and it was a big city!) and had a really hard time with finding jobs in that field..school counseling unfortunately is one of the first things a school district cuts when the budget goes bad.

and another thing, i would check out the starting salaries for the graduates of the school, and look at actual job offerings NOW and see what they are offering. my friends all started out at like $38k-$42k a year, which may not be as much as you are hoping for.

good luck 🙂 i have a background in social work and had to make the decision to go in another direction with grad school, mostly because of $$$$.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I am a school counselor and positions are hard to come by these days. I have been laid off every year since I started and I live in a big city. It sounds discouraging, but I find being a school counselor rewarding. I would also recommend looking into being a sub teacher while your doing your internship hours for extra money. I know some of my classmates also used their current workplace for internship credit.

Good luck. I hope your state/district pays school counselors well. I know that community college counselors here in my city get paid way more than K-12 counselors.

 

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