Post # 1
Hi everyone! So I need some advice. I currently have a bachelors of arts in adolescent ed: history and I am completing a masters program in guidance and counseling. I recently spoke to 2 counselors in my local area (different districts) and they both told me (in summation) that there is basically no hope of me getting a teaching job in the area because there have been so many teachers laid off that they are not even looking at new applicants. So i was feeling pretty upset and I was considering putting my graduate work on hold to get an associates degree in paralegal studies. my parents are amazing and have basically paid for every cent of my higher education but I fear that they will not support my decision to put my grad work on hold for an associates degree (even if there are a ton of open positions in the field in my area). I know in the end that the final decision will be mine and mine alone, was anyone in a similar situation?
Post # 3
My view on grad school (and I just finished my master’s) is that you should NOT pay for it. If you could get a teaching or research assistantship, I would say go for it. But if you are planning on taking out loans to pay for grad school (which is much more expensive than undergrad) you will end up in debt and jobless in this economy (sorry if I am sounding very pessimistic, I am in the same boat!). I honestly think if the associates will land you a job sooner, you can always go back for the grad degree later. The economy is so tough right now, whatever will get you work will be worth it.
Post # 4
I’m currently working on a doctorate in clinical psych. I do know that some school districts are tightening their budgets resulting in a significant amount of layoffs, but it depends on what area of the country you’re looking to work in. Would you be able to move to find career opportunities, or do you absolutely have to stay where you’re currently located? If you have to stay, then I think your best decision is whichever position provides the best opportunity to secure a career.
For your parents, I would sit down with them and tell them honestly how you feel. The worst that could happen would be for them to revoke funding your education, and you would have to look at financial aid and student loans. Not the best situation, but there are plenty of us putting ourselves through school with student loans. Good luck!
Post # 5
Alright. So it IS true that many school disticts are not hiring right now. But not only is it a bad choice to base your graduate studies entirely on the labor market–since the labor market ebbs and flows–I think it’s misguided to quit your graduate studies based on the accounts of 2 people. You’ve put in the work to get so far, why wouldn’t you finish it?
I mean, what do you want to do career-wise–not just today or tomorrow, but for the rest of your life? IF you want to teach or counsel adolescents, there are other opportunities beyond just your school district. Although the money isn’t as good, private schools do have openings for history teachers and counselors and there may be after school or tutoring programs that you can find work with. It may not be what you want FOREVER, but I think it’s a little nutty to throw out your chosen career because two people (who may or may not have accurate information) have told you that ONE district in ONE area in ONE state (you get my point) don’t have any openings.
Post # 6
For the record, I believe you should pursue whatever field is your dream job, and I always believe that. I’m just saying that given the harships that many recent grads face, you may want to postpone grad studies at the present time if you are looking at having to take out loans. In my case, I don’t regret grad school, but I had a free ride through teaching assistantships. I don’t think it is wise to get in debt right now if you don’t have a clear plan for afterwards. I do agree with BothCoasts that you should think longterm in your future what you want to do, I just got the impression you would still pursue that career path later, even if you did the associates now. And yes, can you look outside of your immediate area?
Post # 7
I don’t have much insight, but I do wish you the best of luck!
Post # 8
I have been looking into moving to Florida because there are a boat load of teaching jobs there (an i have a thing for warm weather) My parents are currently paying for all of my education and I know that it will disappoint my parents if i postpone my grad school work. I have never lied on my own and although i would love to move i just dont know if i could swing moving so far away and having no support and knowing no one. But after looking over some options i think (at least for the summer) I will stick with my current program. I am going to look into an associates at the local community college and i am continuing to look for a decent paying full time job (although nothing looks too promising)