Is returning for a 2nd bachelors a good idea?
January 25, 2011 10:17 AM Subscribe
Here's the deal. I graduated with a useless history degree and am having trouble finding a job. I'm now 24 and need to make some changes asap so I'm not doomed to living with my parents until I'm 90.
Question: is returning for a 2nd bachelors in Engineering ever a good idea, in terms of long-term financial stability? Or is going for a masters in accounting or nursing a better choice? I really want to look at this financially and get my feet under me.
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posted by gtothep to Education (71 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
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Alright, I'll try my best to explain this situation without sounding like I'm complaining, because I'm not. I understand I got myself into this, so I simply would like a little advice from the outside on how to get myself out.
Here's the deal. I started undergrad 5 years ago with the intent to go to law school so ended up graduating with a degree in History after my academic advisors convinced me that this would be the best move. After graduation, I took a year off to work abroad/travel, then I applied and was accepted to Vandy law. Here's where the bigger mistakes took place. Vandy wasn't good enough for me, so I rejected them and reapplied the next year. I spent the interim year working odd-jobs, aka waiting to go to law school. That was last year. This last summer, I was all registered to go to a small law school on the east coast (W&L) but before I enrolled I did tons of research online about the legal market and soon found that if you're not in a top 14 law school, you won't find a job (though you will have debt). I finally decided not to go to law school this last summer, and am now stuck in this world with a History degree, no job, and living with the parents at 24. But it is what it is, and now I need to move forward.
I've had a bit of time to think over these past few months, and have realized how big of a mistake my choosing a history degree was. I've also realized how big of a mistake my not finding steady employment over the past 2 years was (rather than just wait to go to law school) as I now have this gaping void on my resume. I am fully aware of all of this, but feel it is not too late to correct my mistakes and get myself back on course.
So, I suppose what I'm asking is what would be the best step to take next. According to my research, my options are...
1. Keep searching for a job (though doubtful I could get a good one b/c of the black hole gap in my resume)
2. Go back to undergrad and get a 2nd degree in Engineering (Civil or Industrial)
3. Take prereqs and go back for a MA in Accounting to become a CPA
4. Take prereqs and go back for a BSN/MSN (nursing) with the hopes of being admitted to Nurse Anesthetist school in the future.
5. Take prereqs and go back for a MA in Software Engineering
(NOTE: The last time I took Math courses was in high-school. I want a math-based degree, though am reticent to commit to a course of study that is math intensive b/c of how far behind I would be in Math.)
I would "like" to do the CivE / IndE degree, though returning for an additional 4 years of undergrad at the age of 24 (would be 25 when I returned) just sounds irresponsible. This would mean that I wouldn't begin my work life until the age of 29(!). Alternatively, I could do an accelerated nursing program and hope to work into an admin position, or a masters in Accounting and go for the CPA. I'm not sure which would be the best choice, my biggest preoccupation right now is to escape the poor-house (aka parents house), and I know this is coloring my judgement in terms of career selection. It's exceedingly difficult to change careers at 24 when you haven't started one yet, so I really don't want to mess this one up.
Has anyone else out there found themselves in a similar situation? If so, how did you get yourself out of it? Is a "fresh start" required?
Thanks in advanced for any advice or comments you can provide!