What can systems theory do for me?
October 28, 2011 12:00 PM Subscribe
Tell me all about Systems Theory, and how it can solve all my problems.
posted by crazylegs to education (3 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I'm becoming interested in Systems Theory. For those of you who, like me, are pretty weak on exactly what this means, here's a brief link: http://pespmc1.vub.ac.be/SYSTHEOR.html
Being a late bloomer, I'm just coming to the realization that there are whole fields of people who have been studying this stuff for decades.
I would like to: a) learn more about it and b) figure out how it might apply to future careers.
A few words about me: I turn 48 next month, so the term “future careers” is feeling ever more awkward on my tongue. I completed a PhD in Art History in 2008, in perfect unison with global economic meltdown, which hit humanities departments as hard as anyone else. Academic shrinkage combined with legions of rabidly motivated 27 year old keeners who would chew off their grandmother's leg for tenure to quickly convince me that there is no future for me in l'Academe. I just don't care enough.
So, I worked as a carpenter's assistant for a year, which sucked, and for the last couple of years have been writing internet content, which is boring and pointless but pays quite well and is easy and lets me stay home. But it's hardly a career, now, is it?
I'm wondering about getting training in Systems Theory as it applies to group behavior, management and public education about alternative energy and sustainability. So, here are a few questions.
1) What graduate programs exist in Canada that have anything to do with the stuff I just said?
2) What about funding? I'm through paying for school, seriously.
3) What sort of career might this lead to?
4) What kind of job could I get in this field without more training, i.e. with an extensive education in an entirely different field?
5) How much of a drawback is being almost 50?
6) Any other ideas for a useful and interesting career that actually might have openings for someone with a lot of skills but a very spotty resume?
I'm looking for a real job with real pay and a real future. If it takes yet more graduate school, I'm willing to do it, but only if it's funded and only if there's a very very good chance of getting a job at the end of it. I'm extremely talented at living cheaply, so rather that pursue another dead end I would prefer to get a little cabin in the woods and grow beans.
As usual, thank you!