(Closed) Would you quit school or put it on hold for the perfect job?

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 4
10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
776 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
581 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@sanjessica:  +1


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
8042 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@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 # 9
6256 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

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
581 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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
9917 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@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
3092 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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
2425 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@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 # 16
1359 posts
Bumble bee

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.

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