(Closed) What would you do? (2nd Masters degree or no?)

posted 6 years ago in Career
  • poll: Would you finish the 2nd Master's degree or no?
    Yes, finish and get 2nd Masters degree : (12 votes)
    75 %
    No, stop when the licensure classes are done : (4 votes)
    25 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    How would the MA +30 effect your job prospects?  Would it put off employers because they have to pay you more? 

    Post # 5
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    If getting the full MA doesn’t change your pay or job prospects (required qualification for positions) I say it’s not worth it (says the girl with one master’s and absolutely no desire for more)

    Post # 8
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    So are you getting the second master’s in education? If you don’t like counseling would they still be ok with you having a masters degree in that without having a education degree?

    Post # 9
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Awesome to hear that you already have a job in a good school!  I realized that I read part of your first post wrong.  I thought you wouldn’t get the raise unless you finished the MA.  Hmm, if having the extra degree isn’t really going to do much for you, then maybe just stop after licensure?  Or will it bother you forever to know that you left it ‘unfinished’?  I could see that bothering me.  Then again since you already have a job and a child, it might be better to just finish and not have school hanging over you any more.

    Post # 10
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I say finish and get the 2nd masters. It’s only one semester/2classes and you have already put in so much work. Plus I think the 2nd masters would make you more valuable especially if you change schools or are applying elsewhere IMO. Good luck!

    Post # 11
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I say go for it! In this day in age, anything to earn some extra cash is worth it if it is possible for you to fit it in your schedule. 

    If worse comes to worse, take one class, try it out. If it is too overwhelming, you can always stop for now. 

    I decided not to go back for lisensure this past semester because I wanted to throw myself into house hunting. Some days I regret it, some days I don’t. I feel it was better I didn’t because I had a health issue for practically the whole month of October, and it would have been difficult to get to school. 

    If you don’t mind me asking, how come you didn’t like being a school counselor? Was it elementary, middle, or high school? 

    That’s what I got my master degree in last spring, and I’m currently looking for a job in that. I’m an elementary school teacher. PM me if you’d like! 

    Post # 13
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I see that you just answered your own question πŸ™‚ but just wanted to say that even if you didn’t have to take it, it would be a good idea to do so.

    Anything extra makes you a great candidate for a teaching position, and may protect you if there are lay-offs (as has been happening in my school district). I might think differently if it was a huge amount of classes, but since it’s only 2, it won’t be too bad.

    So, I think it’s good that you are taking the extra classes – look forward to your M.A – you should be very proud!

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