What would you do in this Career/Marriage situation?

posted 2 months ago in Relationships
Post # 16
7487 posts
Busy Beekeeper

I would start by having conversations with people already working in fashion journalism to find out what you really need to do to break into this field. They may well tell you that working or interning in fashion would be more beneficial than this particular degree. 

Would you be working while going to school? If not, do you have the savings to support yourself for a year while you pursue a degree? What is the cost of this program and what is the potential return on investment? Do you have a place to stay in the UK? Would your FH be open to a commuting arrangement? Do your homework and make a practical plan. 

Post # 17
2088 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2020

I think you should definitely continue your education/career. But I agree with PP

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that there are better ways to do it. Instead of “fasion journalism,” I would attend a stand alone journalism program while simultaneously taking on internships and networking in ways that get you intimately close to the fashion world you want to write about. At the master’s level, you will be able to write about what interests you most. 

This also might open up your options about where you could get your masters. 

Post # 18
9520 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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l would look carefully at and take the advice experienced pps give ( bearing in mind that they may be in the US and  have different experience and or opportunities)  

As for the ‘home country’ thing, good lord it’s only Ireland – England, l was thinking UK to India or something!  

Post # 19
29 posts

What is your current undergrad degree in? If it is journalism or english perhaps you do not need a second degree in something that is similar. My SO was able to get a journalism job out of college (cold applied; started as an intern on super low pay! lol) and his undergrad degree had nothing to do with journalism.

I was also thinking it was a far flight like US to England, but I think Ireland is close enough for you two to visit each other on weekends. I am more on the cautious side and I would prefer long distance with a stable job from one spouse while the other goes back to school.

Do you have savings for this masters degree? If you do and feel very passionate/would pursue this career for awhile, I’d say go for it esp now before you have kids. If you do not have the money like other pp’s have mentioned, I would reconsider. (Regardless, fashion journalist sounds like a super cool job!)

Post # 21
345 posts
Helper bee

I would say he should stay in Ireland. I have no degree (like hi) and I know how hard it is to come by a good job without one. I’ve stayed at my current company for 15 years and worked my way up, so I would be terrified if I ever had to find something new. Experience counts, but personally I wouldn’t risk it for a short term move. If you wanted to move there permanently though, absolutely he should come!

I also agree with the pp who suggested getting a journalism degree instead of fashion journalism. It’ll open up a lot more doors for you IMO. What if in 20 years you want to try writing about something else? Just something to consider! 

Post # 23
3362 posts
Sugar bee

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@chanellady24:  Go for it! I don’t think a Master’s in Fashion Journalism is a waste of time. The fashion industry is unlike any other; besides being very complex, its nuances are unknown in other fields of industry, and there is the eternal push and pull between creativity, love of the craft, and those whose main focus is profit. Your Master’s would prepare you to comprehensively cover this industry. 

Post # 24
719 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2020

I wouldn’t do it.  It doesn’t sound like a worthwhile degree to me, but I’m a very practical person.  Maybe you could make your own website and build up a following?  Or just start submitting articles?  If you are dead set on another degree, I’d do regular journalism like previous posters mentioned, but I don’t even think there is a massive demand for that anymore. And especially a fashion journalism degree.  I think there’s a reason not many schools offer it.  

Post # 25
2877 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Wow, comments here have been so rude. OP, go for your Master’s! An advanced degree in your field of choice is always worth it, especially if your Bachelor’s is in an unconnected major. 

I think your husband should stay at his job though. A year apart sounds like a terrible separation, and it definitely is while you’re experiencing it. BUT the year goes by faster than you believe in the beginning! I promise so as someone who was separated from her husband for 7 months and still would be if not for his job going online. I also know couples who started their marriages in a long-distance situation and are so strong and happy today.

Don’t give up on your dream just yet.

Post # 26
208 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2020

If it’s only an hour flight, you could make the commute work for a year.  If this is something you really want to do and would regret not doing it.  

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