We're going back to school, but for what??
April 7, 2011 9:14 AM Subscribe
Please help two hardworking yet poor 30 year olds get careers and move out of this tiny one-bedroom apartment.
posted by powerbumpkin to Work & Money (20 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a female PhD student in quantitative social science who is completely burned out. I'm supposed to be writing a dissertation but can't even LOOK at a relevant publication without feeling vaguely seasick. Right now I'm teaching a class for pennies, have completed an MA en route to the Phd, and I just want out.
My relevant skills are: quantitative/qualitative data analysis, presentation of data, research, analytical thinking, teaching.
But I don't have to use those, I'd happily cultivate another skill set if it'd be in high demand (health or tech I guess) and pay around 50K. My boyfriend and I have the usual 30 yo anxieties, baby, house, car, retirement, we've got none of it. And yet, it seems within reach if we make some good choices now.
Unfortunately, blood makes me faint.
I've looked at the Radiography Tech program in my area and it has a waiting list until 2014.
I've got no experience in IT. But, there are online classes available toward a SysAdmin Associate's Degree, but can I really get an entry-level SysAdmin job? All the job posts I see want tons of experience or at least a BS in Computer Science.
My boyfriend just got a BA in ethnic studies, not sure what the marketable skills are there, but he wants to "skill up" with me.
Please help the two of us Arizonans find some direction!