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
How much do you left? I don’t think it makes sense to go back and get an associates if you already have a ba/s. I have a friend who works as a paralegal, she took a three month program that cost about 2,500 and she works as a paralegal now. It’s not necessary to go back to school for two more years , if you already have a ba/s .
Post # 4
Also have you thought of moving? My cousin was having issues finding work she only had her Ba, she applied for Teach for America and went back and got her Masters at night, she just finished and is employed.
Post # 5
Would a paralegal degree have a lot of opportunity for advancement? I would pursue a degree that would open the door for a long, continually progressing/advancing career with lots of room for growth.
A bachelors and masters are great, and it sounds like you have experience too. Like the above poster said, consider moving? Look at a wider range of options an hour or two from where you currently live. Continuing in your career path but casting a larger geographical net seems like a much more practical option than changing careers and getting an AA when you already have a BA and MA 🙂