What I would *really* enjoy doing would be an MA in English or in Religious studies, with the eventual aim of teaching those subjects at the collegial level...but this isn't exactly guaranteed. However there are no online MA degrees in English lit or Religious studies offered in Canada.
What about you student mamas out there? Are you studying something you LOVE or something you like but will lead to more interesting professional prospects?
I'm also going back to school (p/t) this fall to start a B.A. in women's studies, english or history. For myself.
Not sure what I'll do with it, but I'm excited.
Doing something in the education field would make a lot of sense -- if you think you want to stay in education. For sure, getting a masters is often a good investment, as long as you use it.
I'm lucky, I'm going back to grad school for public policy, which is something I'm really interested in and familiar with after seven years in journalism, and it's also an incredibly reasonably priced two-year professional program with pretty decent job prospects. It seems like good value for the money, and I'm excited about it. I was talking to my sister about how I wanted to go back to grad school but I wasn't sure which program, and she said, what about public policy? And I had this instant light bulb moment where I knew that's what I wanted to do, and I was so surprised I hadn't thought of it before. (She and I actually had a very similar moment when I was pregnant and she suggested Cyrus's name and I was like, bingo, that's it.)
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Jen, journalist, policy wonk, and formerly a proud single mama to my sweet little man Cyrus, born at home Dec. 2007 . Now married to my Incredibly Nice Guy and new mama to baby Arthur.
I will be starting grad school very soon. I am not studying what I love but something that will fit my family's needs. The grad program (advanced practice) that I would love to be in would require way too much time away while it would lead to a better job eventually, the cost of it is not worth it at this point in my life. What I am studying, master of science in nursing education, is not my passion, while education is a huge portion of my job (I currently run a program at a health dept) it isn't what I want to do forever. I most certainly never want to teach nursing students! I will be able to do more with my MSN, but eventually I probably will go back to school again for what I really what to do but at least I will already be at a masters level in nursing.
thats why i am so excited i am single.
i wouldnt be able to chase something i love if i was still married. i remember once bringing up moving to a nearby city so i could attend their local program and then dh saying absolutely not.
no idea what job i will get, but i dont care. i know i will get somewhere.
and yeah i want to teach part time and do some 'travelling' lectures too.
It turned out to be a career with a decent level of income though I am sure I could have made much more money going to law school or getting my MBA. But neither of those programs would have given me the balance that I really wanted at the time, though many in my field actually have JD or MBA degrees so I could have conceivably ended up in the same field anyway.
If things had been more black and white (like nursing versus english lit), I would have selected the more practical route, because I am not a risk taker, and supplemented it in some way.
Apparently doing it rong and ruining it for everyone, but I don't give a crap anymore.
My friend just finished her MA in English with an emphasis in reading comprehension. She teaches high school and did the MA becuase she loves the subject. Now that she has her MA, I think her annual income will increase by less than $1k a year, while the program cost 30k. But that's an example of doing something becuase you love it.
My aunt has a PhD in English and teaches at a state college. She does it becuase she loves it, not becuase she makes tons of money.
I don't think I could ever choose a course of study or profession just becuase it was lucrative/stable. I need to be passionate about what I do. I happen to have a comfortable salary, but being happy and passionate about my work is what's most important. But that's just me. For me, it just happened to work out that what I love also happens to bring in a good living.
The Hippie & the Marine
My boys: S (4) & O (2) & Expecting #3 in Dec. 2011
But, several times in my life, I've chosed educational paths that would get me a good paying job. Not something I loved ... just something I thought would pay the bills. And then I found myself in careers that I eventually loathed with every fibre of my body. And beyond the loathing - the stress of hating your job plays havoc with your health.
Once again, here I am, pondering going back to school, looking at the job market (I'm Canadian) and thinking I should go for what "makes sense" in terms of studies.
But, no. I won't. Honestly, I think a person should follow their passions and interests. The worst case scenario is that you get training in something you love and might not find a job in that field, right away or only part time. But at least you have the training and the skill sets in an area you enjoy.
If you follow a path in something for practical reasons only, well there you are with your degree/diploma - you likely didn't enjoy the studies too much. And now you need to find a job in this field and grow and excel? And in the meantime, you've not acquired any training in the field you really love!
Everyone is different but no matter how many times I tried to "suck it up" and do something for the cash, eventually the feeling of being in the wrong job and disinterested in the field catches up with you.
I would say following your bliss in the best path even if sometimes it is the hardest path.
Personally, I'd go for the practical, but only if I could find something that I wanted to do. It wouldn't have to be my ideal career, but I'd need to enjoy coming to work every day. For example, if I didn't want to be a special ed teacher, no matter how good the job prospects, I wouldn't do it. But I also wouldn't get a master's degree in philosophy, because it wouldn't help me with employment.
David Joseph- ^8^- August 19, 2005 (19w3d) Natalie Elaine- May 21, 2006
Midwife (CPM, LDM) and homeschooling mama to:
14yo ds 11yo dd 9yo ds and 7yo ds and 2yo ds
I'm hoping to head into Thoracic ICU or Cardiology. But if it doesn't work out, I'm Ok with home health and gerontology, which is probably the least likely area of nursing to suffer. That's where most of my CNA work experience lies, and I do like it..I just want to try something challenging before I settle in. I'm working so damn hard in school, I might as well do something a bit challenging!
Student nurse Mamma to Kaylum (3/01/2007) and wife to computer nerd DH .
Anyway, if I had to go back and choose, I would pick something I adored and had a ton of passion for over something that simply had a good financial outlook. If I could somehow combine the two, or even find something that got pretty close, then that would be great, too. I'm also okay (for now) doing what I'm currently doing...working at a decent job that has absolutely nothing to do with my degree, and writing in my spare time.
Mama to DS (5)
I went to art school in my youth and then got a masters in visual arts. I love, love, love the visual arts.
After that I ended up doing a lot of work in the theatre and working various low-paying positions at non-profits while doing my own work. It was good to an extent, but we were living hand to mouth. I never imagined myself supporting myself through my own artwork, mainly because I recoiled from the idea of having to make stuff that was sellable. It sounds elitest but I really get no pleasure from making stuff that doesn't come from within myself. So, my art degrees weren't really practical in my case as far as living off my work.
Fast foward to my thirties, and I decided I needed a new challenge. I came to the realization that I was working day in and day out for other people, and not really improving myself through said work. I was also working day in and day out for low pay. I decided to go to law school. It seemed both practical and challenging. It was a huge leap for me both mentally and financially, but I haven't looked back. I think it made a huge difference, however, that I did all this pre-child.
I don't know if I can express this properly, but I feel that I have reached a place in my life where I am both satisfied with my day job and my personal pursuits. My day job pays me well and I can honestly say that I'm never bored. I also feel a newfound passion for my art pursuits. It is like I took a long sleep and suddenly feel re-energized. For me, one compliments the other, not because they are alike but because they utilize different aspects of my brain/personality. Maybe that is just the ebb and flow of life.
I know there are tons of people out there that can combine love and practicality in one pursuit (my present boss being a prime example). For me, it was a different journey. Honestly, if I had to do it over, I might change the timing of certain things but I wouldn't change the subject matter.