Post # 1
My SO is about to graduate from college and already has a full time job lined up. I on the other hand have two years left of undergrad. We are looking to move out by the end of this year. I have the possibility to get an amazing job in my current field. it’s full time $15/hour. We live in a small town, so that’s quite a bit as my SO’s employer offered him 11.50. Most people don’t start out at more than $12 after finishing school.
My question is should I take this opportunity? It is a three year assignment, so I’ll only be 23 when it ends. It’s not like I will be so weighed down that i can never finish school, but I do enjoy learning I just don’t know we actor what I want to do with the rest of my life. I feel like I would be stupid not to take this opportunity since we could save up a downpayment for a house since we don’t really want to rent.
what would you bees do?
Post # 3
I don’t know what I want to do with my life*
when I’m on wedding bee my phone does the strangest auto corrects!
Post # 4
If you ever want to leave that small town, will your job experience translate to a bigger paycheck? If not, i’d stay in school. $15/hour is good for no college degree, but is still not a ton of money.
Post # 5
Hmm. First, it’s a three year assignment which could leave you with nothing when it’s over.. there may not be full time after this. Secondly, 15/h (although good for your area) is not stellar.. and if you need to find another job afterwards you might not have banked enough (especially if you’re saving for a house) to sustain you if you’re looking for work afterwards. On top of that, you’d be carting around a resume with unfinished school on it, which doesn’t look very good to your employer.
This situation leaves out way too many details (what is your undergrad in, what field is this job, what’s the earning potential of your chosen field) for anyone to give you a good answer. You need to take some time to plot it all out – write in the pros and cons of both options and do your research on your degree vs job experience. In the end, nobody has a crystal ball so you’re going to have to take a chance either way.
Post # 6
Is there a possibility of continuing school part time while accepting the position and finishing in three years instead of the two you have left? Then you graduate and complete this job at the same time which could make you very marketable due to both education and experience.
Post # 7
@beetee123: Is there a way to do that job and do school on the side? $15/hour isn’t that great (for my area anyway), and if there’s not much potential to advance, then you might be left with nothing at the end of it.
If it was a job that paid six figures and was guaranteed permanent, full time, then that would be another story…
Post # 8
My major in school is German Language. I am only taking that because it is what I am interested in, but I’m not really sure if it will get me a great career. I actually tried changing my major telling my advisor that I want to be in a field where I know I have some sort of skills for a career, and she basically wouldn’t let me because she says knowing German IS very marketable. Of course I know employers look for people who can speak a foreign language, but I am nearly fluent in German already just from being an exchange student there in high school, and I’m not so sure my university is helping to make me any better with the language.
I have thought about continuing classes part time in the evenings to work around the career’s schedule, but I looked up classes that my school offers in the evenings, and none of them are anything that I actually need. My school offers only two online classes, so I would pretty much have to transfer if I wanted to finish the degree online.
I think I will probably just end up finishing my degree, or changing majors and then finishing it. I have just been so flustered with my school at the moment because they are really pulling my chain with the sequence they offer classes in. I could actually finish in one year instead of two, but they don’t offer half of the classes I need very often!
Post # 9
I would take the job, then go back to school. Then, when you graduate, you will do so with a degree AND job experience, and you’ll have justification for asking for a larger starting salary (if $15 an hour really is as good as you say in your area.)
It will be like an internship, except you won’t have to worry about balancing work work with schoolwork, and you will get paid.
Post # 10
Wait wait… you have two years left and they won’t let you change your major from German language? Where are you going to school?
Post # 11
@beetee123: Where are you going to school that they won’t let you change majors? Just transfer to a different school that allows you to take the classes you want, and work and go to school at the same time.
Post # 12
I got my first *good* job out of college. In the area I lived the degree requirements were lower than where I live now. In my area the req was a BA and here is a Masters. So the job experience really helped…because I landed a job (even competing against other in house employees) because of good job experience.
I personally would take the job and keep one foot in school.
ETA: If you’re getting financial aid I’d talk to the financial aid office to see how this would affect you returning.
Post # 14
@beetee123: Sorry but no, your advisor can’t refuse to change your major if you want to. You need to be more assertive and tell your advisor that you already think your German is strong enough to be an added skill, but you want to learn something else to make you a stronger job applicant. I don’t know exactly what careers are out there for a language major other than a language teacher or a translator (either in person, or documents, etc) but you need to evaulate what careers there are in that field and if you will be happy doing them. Also, do they require the degree or just conversational fluency?
Honestly though, no, what you are describing as the perfect job, I would not quit school for that. When you are in school, it sounds like a LOT of money, especially when it’s more than some college graduate you know make. But in the long term, I tend to think education makes you more marketable for future jobs. A degree is a litmus test for a lot of fields, as in you will limit yourself on who will considering hiring you if you don’t have it. Not saying that you can’t get a good job (you definitely can) but you can also get overlooked a lot too.
Post # 15
It isn’t that I absolutely cannot change majors, but my advisor is being really tough about it. The only way I can change is if she signs the forms, but she refused to do it when I asked last time. She basically told me that she wants me to spend another semester in the program, and if I still want to change then she will sign it. I feel that is just a waste of my time and money. She knows I could possibly graduate early, but my school tries to make it difficult to graduate. That is the case with a lot of the close by public schools that I can afford. I’m not getting financial aid since my parents make too much and I’m under 23. Unfortunately they are not rich either, so it’s all going on loans.
I am thinking about taking a night class or two paying out of pocket while working just to remain enrolled While I work.
Post # 16
Just thought I should share that I know a German Studies Prof (at a QS top-20 university, mind you), and even her grad students are having trouble finding employment. They usually end up getting a job in a completely different field, or teaching the language. The rare lucky brilliant ones stay in academia, but it’s tough.
So unless you have a specific plan for your degree, you should change your major. There’s no way an advisor can force you to stay in your programme. Maybe you can keep German as a minor.
If I were you, I would check out the part-time studies thing as PP said. With the current job market, it’s hard to give up an amazing emplyment opportunity, but if you do you may regret it later.