Help I'm Lost
November 8, 2013 8:37 AM   Subscribe

My peers all have careers, spouses, houses, families ... while I'm single and thinking of moving to Germany as that's the only way I'll be able to afford a second Bachelors. (I want to study something STEM related to break out of this job rut I'm in). I can't help but think of it as an incredibly lonely endeavour - to study a new language and then attempt to go to Uni all over again with people more than a decade younger than I, in a country where I know no one at all ... and to top it off, I was never very good at making friends and I am not close to my family members at all. Are my misgivings valid or should I grit my teeth and just go ahead? I feel stuck, I can't move forwards but I can't stay where I am either. I don't know what to do.

p/s: I'm not a US or EU citizen.
posted by Cat Set Go to Grab Bag (4 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
This is a TERRIBLE idea. Just awful.

Enroll in a school in your home country where they'll accept your other undergrad credits and then just study what you need for another degree.

Don't just major in STEM because you think it has better job prospects. Study something that you KNOW has better job prospects.

Or, learn in one of the online academies. MIT or Khan. Learning is learning.

Study specific programming languages, or software, or nursing if you want a specific career change.

It sounds like you're mixing up your life for the sake of making a change. This will be:

A. Lonely
B. Expensive
C. Stressful
D. Hard

What about those adjectives points to an enhanced opportunity for success? Nothing.

Come back and tell us what kind of work you want to do, and we'll help you find a way to do it.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 8:52 AM on November 8, 2013 [3 favorites]

This doesn't sound like a good idea. I'm not saying that whatever rut you are in, you need to stay in it, but all that drastic change may make you feel a lot worse.

Also, it doesn't sound like you have a clear idea of your end-goal, and how you want to get there. You just want to get there, but unfortunately it doesn't work that way. That way leads nowhere.

So, what are your goals?
posted by sm1tten at 9:05 AM on November 8, 2013 [1 favorite]

who told you to get a masters degree? from what little information I can glean, you have a graphic design background you never used professionally then you managed through a postgraduate diploma in mathematics. Am I on the right track?

There is a huge overpopulation of maths teachers in the UK after the government decided to offer free maths teacher training a few years ago. Getting a job in teaching now would require a PGCE, not a German masters degree.

My advice is to apply for jobs that require high numerical ability and would be willing to train. A job in mind would be "trainee accountant". Good luck!
posted by parmanparman at 9:58 AM on November 8, 2013

If you have a degree in Mathematics, learn to be an Actuary! Highly employable, low stress and highly paid.

Husbunny was an RN for 10 years after he completed coursework for a PhD in Mathematics, he took a few courses in Actuarial Science and he is now super-happy actuary who has been in the same organization for 6 years now.

Actuary. THAT'S what you should be doing.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 11:02 AM on November 8, 2013 [1 favorite]

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