Spoiled for Educational Choices
March 24, 2013 7:44 PM Subscribe
Should I a) Pursue a degree in IT with the goal of becoming a database administrator or b) Continue my studies and get my Masters in Social Work?
posted by Shadax to education (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Long Question and Context:
Last year I graduated with a Bachelors of Social Work. Since then, I have also earned my practitioner's license (A LBSW, which is a thing in very few states outside of Texas and a doorway to very few jobs). Since getting laid off my grant writing job, I've been completely unable to find a job in the helping profession in the area. I've since taken up with a tech company and as part of my job have been learning SQL. It has come fairly naturally to me and there will be an opportunity for my work to pay for a few classes in a CIS degree. However, I've also been all but accepted into a nearby Masters program for Social Work.
I think I'd really being getting a DBA, and my family is really supportive of this. But I also have a keen understanding of social work (I was nominated as the student representative to the NASW Texas state board). I can see which way the wind is blowing, and know how hard it will be for social workers of any level in the coming years, but also feel a moral obligation to stick with it, as the entire reason I sought out social work is to challenge social adversity. So I am faced with two very different career options (and I need to make a decision soon) and I am paralyzed by the decision. Since MeFi has it's share of tech folks and helping professionals, any thoughts would be appreciated.