Okay I need some input

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Okay I need some input
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Sat, 01-24-2004 - 3:21pm
and I hope this stupid post goes through, I have been having a terrible time getting my posts to work!!!

I am looking for some thoughts and ideas here. I have kind of reached a crossroads as far as my education, and I am not sure which path I want to take!

I'm almost done with my general ed requirements. Right now my major is Psychology, and I was thinking I might do a minor in Social work. I originally had thoughts of getting into some kind of counseling, maybe through the school district, etc.

BUT...I've been doing some research and those positions dont PAY!!! Not that money is everything, but really, with my kids and family being my priority, I would actually do better to just keep my pt job as far as finances go! I make a pretty substantial amount of money for a piddley 2 night a week job-I am starting to wonder if I am crazy to be racking up student loans for a bachelors in something I dont even know if I could or would want to do!!

I'm trying to decide if I want to switch gears and go for an associates in something more *practical*, keep plugging away and get the b.a.-knowing that later I could get a masters in something else, or start looking around for some other kind of career that doesnt necessarily require a degree.

Some of the jobs I have been mulling over are Dental Hygenist-big call for them here, its mostly pt (which I prefer) and sounds like you can kind of make your own hours (I really want something that works with my kids schedules, however I have no idea whether it pays well. Also, pharmaceutical rep. Big money, make your own hours, but lots of travel. Paralegal is another field-but OYE that sounds dry....

As far as what I ENJOY-I am more into the arts. But again, no money there. I want to write, to paint, decorate, etc. I dont know if I should switch my major to something where I might be able to write (journalism? English?) but what kind of jobs are out there for writers?

I feel like I have to decide this sometime before next fall. Thats when ds starts kindy and I will be plunging into school full time. I have to figure out what I am going to be when I grow up!!!

Any thoughts or input?


dj

Dj

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Sat, 01-24-2004 - 3:44pm


I say go for the BA. You're on track now and it's always harder to go back. Trust me. And that BA, in anything, is worth a lot in getting doors opened, including doors to advanced degrees, if you ever desire to go there.



Psychology is a good major, but if you think social work doesn't pay enough, why not see if the credits you have so far would enable a minor in a human resources-type field rather than social work????

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Grandma J

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Sat, 01-24-2004 - 5:00pm

Well, I'm sure PJM will disagree with me, but doing what you enjoy is so much more important than doing what pays well.


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Sat, 01-24-2004 - 5:05pm
I agree. You can do almost anything with a psychology degree. If you really want to make money writing, psychology would help you get into marketing. You can make tons of money on marketing writing -- my agent represents copywriters who make more than a million dollars a year.

That's extremely rare, but once you're established as a marketing writer, you can make very good money at it.

A great way to break into the field is to do some volunteer writing for an organization you care about. There are tons of books on the subject, so check 'em out.

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Sat, 01-24-2004 - 7:04pm
Wrt dental hygiene... my sister is a dental hygenist and is sought after big time. She and I were in university at the same time - me in social work, her in dental hygiene. She graduated the same year as I did. Her income that first year was $70,000, mine was $40,000. She tells me her psychology has come in handy - especially with fearful patients and of course she gets lots of *counselling* time while she scrapes their teeth. LOL. If it's money you want dental hygiene pays extremely well - in Canada anyway. She makes well over $100,000/yr now and works 4 days/week.
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Sat, 01-24-2004 - 7:33pm
The thing I like about it is it tends to be more pt. But I am not sure about working on icky smelly teeth......lol


dj

Dj

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Sat, 01-24-2004 - 7:35pm

If it were me, I'd steer away from anything that's too specific, like the associate's degrees. It will drastically limit your choices.


With a Bachelor's, you're not really limited to choosing a job within your degree field. I have a major in English and a minor in Physics, and I've done retail management, training, software testing, database design, project management, marketing, and business analyst work.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Sat, 01-24-2004 - 7:42pm
Now that sounds *veddy* interesting. Any books you would recommend? I have some books for writers, but not specifically for marketing/copywriting (not to show my ignorance, but would that be kind of like ad writing? What does a copywriter do...?)

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Sat, 01-24-2004 - 9:27pm
I think you are wise to pick something practical but you also have to pick something you have an interest in. I am a paralegal. It can be dry as you put it or interesting. It depends on where you work. In my last job, I worked on some very interesting cases and assisted attorneys at trial. It was very exciting but also required quite a bit of overtime. Now, I work in a less interesting job but there is no overtime.

Good luck!

Michelle

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Sat, 01-24-2004 - 9:41pm
All I can say is I would never ever have imagined my prissy sister working on stinky teeth. According to her, most people who go to the dentist and see a hygenist, take pretty good care of their teeth. She says she gets the odd one that hasn't been in 10 or 20 years and it can be yukky, but of course she's wearing a mask and gloves. Yes, it does tend to be p/t but with f/t pay. My sis was working 3 days, which is standard. She picked up a fourth day recently because they are short staffed - once again, the need for more hygenists...
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Sat, 01-24-2004 - 10:00pm
Hmmm, paralegal almost always turns into more hours than you think, even part-time. Dental hygienists do make good money, but I don't know, it's not for me, but if you don't mind....

I say go for something in the schools. How about school psychologist or guidance counselor? And they do pay. The health teacher I'm friendly with at school just told me she makes 60K after only 7 years of teaching. Sounds like a good deal to me.

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