(Closed) Thinking about quitting my job, moving away and going back to school…

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

It seems really counterproductive to take coursework towards any major other than what you want to focus on.

I have a graduate degree, but in science, most major colleges actually pay you to go to school, instead of you paying them. I made about $30,000 a year as a student at MIT, with no tuition or fees. My mom wanted to study Art History, but decided against it due to the cost of the degree, and the low salaries/lack of job opportunities after graduation. Definitely something to consider when weighing debt vs vale, though I’m a huge supporter of following your dream – obviously there are successful Art Historians out there!

Post # 4
804 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Is there no way he can go to school where you are?  I hate to think that you’d put your dream on hold and possibly end up resenting him or unhappy because of it.  

Is it possible that he can keep his own apartment and commute to school and stay there for the days when he has class and come home on the weekends?  I know that’s a tough situation, but it would be a way that you can both do what you need to do.  Or…could you guys get an apartment between the two schools?  It would mean an hour and 15 minutes one way for each of you, but I know people whose commute is that long and they make it work.

If I were in your situation, I’d do all that I could to get the degree I wanted.  I’m not willing to settle on another degree, though, because for me a degree is not about job opportunities, it’s about becoming more of an expert in the field that I’m passionate about.  Is it possible the other school will let you design a Masters in Art History with independent study programs, papers, etc?  Some schools allow that.

Post # 5
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I agree that it isn’t a good idea to take out loans for something you don’t want to do.  The economy sucks already, you don’t want to take out debt for something that won’t help you.  I would start looking for a job there but wait to move until you find something.  Hopefully, you find something soon.

I have a MBA.  I didn’t have to take out debt for it, it was about $30k for the program.

Post # 7
2442 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I wouldn’t go to school to earn a degree I didn’t want.  I wouldn’t take out loans to do that either.  I really like the suggestion of designing a program and I would also suggest looking into online programs.  As far as being a history teacher is concerned, you would need your teaching credentials (degree in education) as well as a history background to do that.  High school social studies teachers need to be able to teach government classes etc. as well.  You have to be lisenced to do that, which involves big bucks around here.  Besides, teachers are being laid off left and right these days. The job outlook on that is pretty grim right now.  

I have an MLIS (Master of Library and Information Science).  I was a married mother of two, teaching elementary school full time while working on my MLIS.  I never took out a loan.  I charged it on my Visa!  (I don’t recommed doing this, but that is what a lot of teachers around here have done.  This was before the recession and we felt we had job security so we were not worried about paying it off.)  

Post # 8
4 posts

i would encourage you to pursue a master’s in art history, since thats what you love. and while art history and history are related, you will never get the same experience from a regular history course as an art history course, art history is taught from a different perspective. i say find an art history program and go for that. i’m sure you could design your own, but cirriculae are designed to make you a well rounded art historian. i know if i designed my own, i would have tunnel vision and leave out the stuff i didn’t care to much about, even if it were important. you are young, take out the loans, do the art history degree and the rest will fall into place. 

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