Does a STAHM need a Master's degree?

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Registered: 10-15-2008
Does a STAHM need a Master's degree?
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Mon, 12-15-2008 - 12:37pm

Hi everyone,

I'd like to get your opinion on something (I hope this is the right forum). I am at a crossroads in my career path. I graduated with a Psychology degree back in 2003, but since then I had been working in a different field. Recently, I've been trying to decide whether or not I should go back to school for my master's degree in the field I originally studied. Since I will basically be starting over, it's going to be at least 3-4 years until I am done with school. The problem is that in 3-4 years, my husband and I want to start having children, pretty much around the time I anticipate being done with school. I know that I want to stay home with my children when they are young, which would keep me out of work for a while. Would it be even worth it to get my master's degree and going through all that work already knowing that my career will be 2nd to my family?

Any opinions or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

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Registered: 11-08-2006
Fri, 01-02-2009 - 5:58am

I started my Masters before I had any kids. I graduated college in 1986 and worked for a year or two and then started night school while I was working. I got married in 1989 and had my first in 1991. The second came in 1994. The only time I took off was a semester when I was pregnant with each of them. The third came in 1995 (the girls are 22 months apart) and I finished my last class a week before she was born.

If I'd had to do it again, I would have joined a program where I could do an internship program WHILE working in a school and earned my master's that way. I would have had it done in a few years -- not the ten years, class by class, that it took me at traditional night school.

but trust me, it is MUCH, MUCH harder to woh ft and raise kids and go to night school that it is to sah, raise kids and go to night school. Yes, it is just that much more difficult.

eileen

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Registered: 01-15-2006
Thu, 01-01-2009 - 7:44pm

curious.


if you could do it all over again,would the masters have come before ANY kids?

 

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Registered: 10-04-2007
Thu, 01-01-2009 - 9:25am

No.

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Registered: 11-08-2006
Thu, 01-01-2009 - 8:44am

spoken like someone who's never done it, LOL! I finished my masters degree WHILE I was pregnant with #3. In fact, I delivered one week after finishing my last class -- ALL THE WHILE I WOH FT -- and yes, it was an incredible juggling act.

eileen

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Registered: 01-15-2006
Thu, 01-01-2009 - 8:11am
i don't know that throwing more education into the mix is any more difficult than having more kids and woh.

 

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Registered: 09-22-2005
Wed, 12-31-2008 - 8:01pm
Speaking from experience, it is MUCH better to get your master's degree when you DON'T have kids because it is very difficult getting it after you throw kids into the mix.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 12-31-2008 - 11:55am
It sounds very demanding, but it also sounds like you're doing it all for the right reasons.

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Registered: 04-01-2006
Wed, 12-31-2008 - 11:08am

indeed!

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 12-31-2008 - 10:55am

".....but i would definitely recommend getting higher ed out of the way before having children if at all possible."


Congrats to you on the program you're in and on expecting number 3.

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Registered: 04-01-2006
Wed, 12-31-2008 - 10:00am

to answer your specific question, no i don't think sahms need a master's or any other advanced degree, if they plan to be sahms forever.

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