Too bad money isn't confetti, or I'd throw it at school.
April 12, 2012 2:52 PM Subscribe
Pay less for online classes or more for sitting in a classroom? Get clicky for career-switching details...
I'm in my late 20s and plan on using very little of my English lit degree. Recently, I've been exploring three different career options in: advertising, programming, and family therapy -- in that order.
I used to be a serial major-changer and maxed out my undergrad credits taking courses in psychology, sociology, English lit, geology, and philosophy. In my free time, I did research for professors (for free!) in all kinds of hard- and soft sciences. Also, I dabbled in web design / scripting for a good decade.
After working for 4 major universities doing research and wondering whether I should do a phd, I have decided that I never want to be an academic.
I'm originally from California, where community college classes cost under $40 a unit. I now live in Minneapolis, where classes cost $150 / unit. I may be able to use a California address to get the CA resident rate. (I also plan on moving back to CA within two years.) Finances are tight, but it's possible for me to pay to take classes at a local community college in Minneapolis, if I take one class per semester.
Should I start taking any available online classes offered at a CA community college? Obvious pro: pay less money. Con: I prefer in-person interactions with instructors and classmates.
Or should I pay ~3.5x more to enroll in classes at my local community college in Minneapolis?
I would be elated if anyone has stories about how they switched careers. And I'd be doubly elated if someone can tell me about working in advertising, programming, or family therapy as a career-switcher.