Grad school or trades? (Snowflake details inside).
February 28, 2012 2:04 PM Subscribe
What do you think: should I pursue grad school or a trade?
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I am a 26 year old female in Vancouver, BC. I have two BAs (one as a double major in art history/classics, another in anthropology) and I am currently waiting to see if I've been accepted into grad school for classical archaeology.
I love everything that has to do with this field, except for all of the baggage that comes with academia: schmoozing, politics, funding, poor job prospects, etc.
I have been researching trades and thinking perhaps doing an electrical trade would be pretty excellent. I have always enjoyed working with electronics and circuits and, despite what my prior degrees might suggest, am strong in math and physics.
I'll admit that I would really love the prestige and the satisfaction of getting an MA in a field I am passionate about, but I also don't want to screw myself later on in life. Obviously I haven't made all of my life decisions based on monetary rewards and I am not too concerned with being super wealthy - but living comfortably for once would be nice.
If I get an MA and decide to do trades later on, I fear being a little old by the time I finish an apprenticeship.
Something else I'll admit is swaying my decision is that I have a very overbearing Chinese mother who will remind me constantly of being a failure if I go the trades route - although that is likely no matter the path I choose. Sigh!
Anybody have experience ditching grad school for something more practical? Anybody think going to grad school is a worthwhile experience? Any insight would be fantastic.