BA vs AS and career choices
July 7, 2009 4:19 PM Subscribe
An appeal to very patient people: Please help us plan our financial/academic future!
posted by Tarumba to Work & Money (5 answers total)
She moved from another country to the US months ago, between the paperwork and getting married, she was just able to find a job a month and a half ago. In her country, she got a BA in Forest Science, and she fears it may be useless here, for even though her university is pretty prestigious in her country, many people here haven't even heard about Peru, let alone her school. The thing is she got to the US and her worst nightmare came true: She's working as a sales associate in a convenience store! After giving lectures in Tokyo, being part of the Students Assembly, being an assistant professor...she feels bit disappointed and bored, to say the least. So she has decided to apply for an Earth Science teaching position in middle school (38000/year plus benefits), and meanwhile go to graduate school. So:
-Since She's 25 and done with idealism, what economically gratifying Master Programs do you recommend? she is considering something along the lines of Environmental Law, but really, anything somewhat related to her major will do, as long as it brings in the cash.
- She has been promoted to shift manager at the store, (so, 21000/year) but still would die to get the job as a school teacher, which pays better and seems to be more intellectually challenging. Considering the husband makes 40.000/year, is it possible for them to live with a combined income of 60000-78000/year, when they have house payments of 500USD/month and no children, except for a very demanding kitty?
His plans of going to school at the proper age (he's 27)were crushed when he had to move to the US as a war refugee. Although he has a somewhat decent job, he took the very impressive decision of going to school, and started this Summer. He enjoys working with computers, but has no clue about the job market, so he decided to get an Associate's degree in Web design. After a lot of considering and asking around, he got into a crisis (apparently web design is no financial panacea), and these are his doubts:
- What are the potential benefits of web design, programming, software development, and network security, when it comes to money and potential benefits?
- Even though the wife is dying for him to get a Bachelor's Degree, he has doubts and likes the idea of the Associate's degree better. What are the pros an cons of each?
-How are husband and wife to organize their academic lives and still make money to live? Should the husband got school first? the wife? should they go together and live off savings and their small business(we have a tiny record label)?
This questions were obviously written by the wife, but really represent the concerns of both of us, since the husband just left to school very, very worried about the family's future.