September 18, 2010 5:55 PM Subscribe
Please help me find a decent career without a billion years of school ahead of me.
posted by whalebreath to human relations (11 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
At age 26, I'm starting to resent still being stuck in undergraduate studies. Obviously much of this is my fault: being fickle, taking time off, changing majors, etc.
I've reached the point where I finally have enough credits for an Honour's degree in Sociology. For the last two years I've had a 4.0/4.3 gpa.
I hate research, academia, and tedium, and love practical work which involves working with people (I also am passionate about dogs and dog training...but haven't thought of a profitable career involving this).
I want to have a family, and I want a career which makes decent money (enough to have a house and cottage, vehicle, and put kids in lots of extracurriculars without worrying very much), and one which is low pressure in terms of deadlines and bureaucracy and in which I don't have to answer very often to an authority figure. I'd like to work 9-5 and be able to live in a medium sized city.
Because of all of this, I had until today been going for a PsyD, in order to become a clinical psychologist. While stressful, that is the kind of stress I handle well (other people's problems), and I think I would enjoy the work.
However, that seems like a long road ahead, and I'm getting antsy. Going for this goal would entail taking TWO more years of undergrad courses in psychology in order to get in (including a THESIS! I've already done one and don't want to do another).
So then I considered a Masters in Social Work, and a brief search showed me that I would need a BAchelors in Social work to get into Canadian programs! Paired with work experience! (I have lots of volunteer experience...but these programs are asking for two years work experience as a social worker!).
At this point I just want to find a path and stick to it, and I'd like to have some kind of graduate degree in the next few years. It just feels like I should have known what I wanted to do ages ago, and didn't, and now am stuck doing another bachelor's degree when I really feel over it.
Dear MeFites, impart upon me your infinite wisdom and common knowledge. xo