Level of education for SAH & WOH

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Level of education for SAH & WOH
Thu, 06-26-2003 - 12:18am
I was browsing through a few of the threads and noticed some debates about educational level and how it supposedly relates to SAHM's and WOHM's and now I'm curious.

What is your educational level and do you SAH or WOH? Did your level of education affect your choice to work or be home?

I have a college degree and worked in my field before having a family. My education level had nothing to do with my decision to be a SAHM. I knew before I had my first child what my choice would be.

How about you?


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Thu, 06-26-2003 - 6:12am
I have high school diploma and techical school training.

I have been a SAHM and now am a WOHM. My education level has not effected my decision to SAH/WOH but has effected my choices in employment.

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Thu, 06-26-2003 - 8:33am
I am currently a SAHM. I have a masters degree in finance. I worked for almost nine years after ds was born. For me, education did play a role in keeping my job for so long. Dh wanted a career change. We knew it would take a while after he got his law degree to regain the earning power he had as a consultant. I had a good job, so it was easy to make the decision to work until he regained his earning power and my education made my good job possible.

I continued to work pt for quite a while after I really had to. That decision was not really affected by my education though. I had a job I liked, making good money for pt work, and I wanted to be around MORE for my kids than I had been when working ft. When I got laid off from that job I decided I did not want to go back to work ft and pt jobs paying a decent wage are hard to get. So I decided to SAH for a while (at least until Joe is in school).

So education has played some role in my work status over the years, but not a major one.


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Thu, 06-26-2003 - 8:43am
<> I have a BS in Psych. I do not work in the psychology field. I work in the telecommunications industry as a project/release manager/jack-of-all-administrative-trades.

<> Not really. I obtained my BS on the "17 year plan." :-) I got my degree 17 years after finishing HS. Our financial situation dictated whether I continue working after we had children. I've worked my way up the ladder over 22 years, and am currently at a managerial level (without direct reports). At this point, our financial situation is the best its ever been, but I'll continue to WOH as long as I'm able to maintain the flexible schedule my employer allows me to have.

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Thu, 06-26-2003 - 9:42am
I have a college degree and have also worked in my field. It factored into my Staying at home because my field was education. I wanted to be the one to teach my child all about colors, etc as well as continue that with homeschooling. HOWEVER, I would have chosen to be SAHM even without the degree....I love being home with my kids...and my husband is able to provide for our needs without my help in the workplace so why not?

I read a survey in a magazine that said MOST SAHM's have at least a AA degree...most actually have Master's Degrees. MOST WOH don't. Now, I don't take a lot of stock in surveys as a whole...1. because they never ask me or my friends so who are they talking too 2. they only represent a small portion of any given area...but it is interesting that of the mothers they did poll...most had extensive education and work skills...and yet they CHOSE to stay home with their kids.

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Thu, 06-26-2003 - 10:34am
My education ABSOLUTELY factored in my decision. Granted that I HAVE to work to keep a roof over my head. But, I went to an "elite" university that was almost 40 grand a year...it was a school that was VERY hard to get into. I busted my butt in HS trying to get into this school so when I graduated I felt that I needed to put my education to use for my family.

I am the breadwinner in my family and its because of my education. In fact, I would not have the job that I do and the flexibility that I do if I didn't attend this specific school....it opened a lot of doors for me! My DH did not complete his college education so my chances of "moving up the ladder" and bringing financial prosperity to my family are much greater than his.

Not to mention that although most of my education was paid through scholarships I still have some school loans I have to repay. Until I can pay those off I wouldn't feel good about SAH full-time.

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Thu, 06-26-2003 - 10:41am
I am a SAHM, and have a college degree, as well as additional undergrad level training in the field I used to work in. Education level had no bearing on my choice, despite hearing that I was "wasting my college education." College was a learning experience in so many more ways than just the classroom part. Even if I never work again, I would not consider that experience wasted.



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Thu, 06-26-2003 - 3:04pm

I have an advanced degree and I WOH.

I suppose it did since

1. I have gazillion dollars in loans to repay

2. I slaved for years in school and post graduate training to do what I want to do as my career.

Having said that, my choice to WOH or SAH would not only depend on my *level* of education.

If I didn't have a HS diploma but if I were, say an actress who made a million dollars an episode, then sure I'd WOH. (But after my 1 season and 20 million dollars, I'd SAH LOL!)

On the other hand, if I had an advanced degree but my paycheck would barely cover daycare, then I'd probably WOH only as many hours needed so that I can "keep up" in the field.

Finally, my *level* of education doesn't affect whether I would work PT or FT -- finances do.

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Thu, 06-26-2003 - 3:10pm
I have a PhD and I work outside the home and have since my babies were under a year old. And yes, my educational level had something to do with that -- it allowed me to have the job I do, with flexible hours and relatively high pay, which made the decision to keep working not much of a decision at all. It was pretty easy to work outside the home when my kids were little and still be the kind of mother I want to be. If I'd had a different career, I moght have chosen differently.
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Thu, 06-26-2003 - 4:40pm
Professional masters degree here and FTWOHM. Yes, my education influenced my decision to WOH.
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Thu, 06-26-2003 - 4:48pm
I have a degree in Journalism and I currently work in my field part time. I thought I would return to work full time.....until I had my first child.