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Old 03-26-2012, 07:20 PM
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Who's done it? Especially those of you that work full time and then go to school...

I am seriously considering going back and just finishing my engineering degree. (I have a math degree already so should have the math courses taken care of) I keep coming back to the fact that I could probably get it done in 2-3 years and then easily double my salary.

I'm just scared lol. I just finished school and am not that eager to go back. On the other hand, it would be better to do so while the math is fresh, right? I'm trying to decide what my first step should be. I'm thinking about taking my transcript to the university soon and just getting an idea of how many classes I'd need to get the darn piece of paper.

I'm also a little bit nervous about the dogs and being gone even more often for a while, but I think we can make it work. In the long run I think it would pay itself off.
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Old 03-26-2012, 07:35 PM
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I did it, but years after I finished HS. I had worked for years before I went back. Then went back for one round, worked a bit and then went back for the current round...

Though I don't work and go to school. My dogs see more of me as a student than they will as an employee.
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I did it. I found a weekend program that allowed me to continue working full time, and go to school Friday nights and all day Saturday (luckily only every other weekend!). It worked well for me, but honestly my husband picked up a LOT of slack. He took Lucy to the dog park so I could study, he'd do laundry and clean up while I was in class, and in general he put up with having a really cranky wife for 2 years while I was overworked and stressed.

I would have gone insane if I didn't have the option to say to someone "I can't deal with life right now, I need to just hole up in the basement and be left alone for 3 hours so I can crank out this paper"

Academically, my course load was a piece of cake (it was education, lol--not exactly rocket science, especially after majoring in computer science for undergrad). The only tough part was getting time off work to do my field experience (classroom observation) hours. I had to use my vacation days to do school things, which kind of sucked, but it worked out.

My program was 2 years straight through (3 semesters a year) to get a masters. When I was done, I seriously was jittery for a while--like, what the heck am I supposed to do with all this free time!?
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I have only been out of school one year since December. So not long at all. I just feel like if I put the idea off for too long, then I will probably never end up going back. Maybe it would be better to get it over with so to speak now and then be done with it. I'm scared I won't be cut out for it but then I worry that I'll regret not doing it and settling for the 'easy' route. I do like my job now though.

I do worry that engineering plus work might be too much. I would only be able to take a couple classes max at a time. I think I'd want to go for my bachelors, not a masters. Just for speed of completion plus they will hire you with a bachelors.
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I keep debating going back to get my Ph.D. in Psychology, but I'm not sure which route I'd even want to take. I had planned on doing that after getting my BS, but was so burned out and ended up in a job that pays well which makes it hard to go back. UCF has a clinical program I like, but classes are 40+ hours a week PLUS there is an internship that's required. I couldn't do that and work at the same time.

I also keep going back to debating attending school to be a funeral director. The problem is, I could possibly be taking a cut in pay and the hours are tough... so it's a question of taking a job I'd love vs. one that pays more and has better hours.
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I'm seriously considering it as well. Distance courses in art techniques and portraiture to improve in my art. On top of two jobs, and my regular life as well.

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I keep debating going back to get my Ph.D. in Psychology, but I'm not sure which route I'd even want to take. I had planned on doing that after getting my BS, but was so burned out and ended up in a job that pays well which makes it hard to go back.

I also keep going back to debating attending school to be a funeral director. The problem is, I could possibly be taking a cut in pay and the hours are tough... so it's a question of taking a job I'd love vs. one that pays more and has better hours.
My debate is more salary and more responsibilities/more OT hours/more stress, more room for climbing the ladder, versus less pay but not many real responsibilities or stresses.

I can live off of either, fortunately. It's just a question of if it would be worth it to pursue more.
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I'm seriously considering it as well. Distance courses in art techniques and portraiture to improve in my art. On top of two jobs, and my regular life as well.

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I have only been out of school one year since December. So not long at all. I just feel like if I put the idea off for too long, then I will probably never end up going back. Maybe it would be better to get it over with so to speak now and then be done with it. I'm scared I won't be cut out for it but then I worry that I'll regret not doing it and settling for the 'easy' route. I do like my job now though.

I do worry that engineering plus work might be too much. I would only be able to take a couple classes max at a time. I think I'd want to go for my bachelors, not a masters. Just for speed of completion plus they will hire you with a bachelors.
Yeah, my program was nice as it was only 2 classes at a time, and even better, it was a "cohort", so there were 25 of us taking the same two classes for the whole program. The professors knew what we were all working on, so it was nicer than undergrad when no professor had any clue that you were taking a major capstone class at the same time and had no time to do a bunch of busy work assignments.

I was only out of school for a year when I applied to go back. Then I delayed it for another year once I was accepted. I graduated in spring 2007 and started again in fall of 2009. It helped that I just love learning, and the subject matter was something I was really interested in. Everyone in my program was a working adult who was looking at education as a second career. The program had engineers and lawyers and investment bankers and stay at home moms and counselors and yada yada. We all brought such different insight to the table. It was cooler than undergrad where we all had zero experience, just idealism

If you can find an evening/weekend program, I think it would be much more accommodating to the scheduling issues you have. Plus, it'll be more adults rather than typical college kids.
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Yeah, my program was nice as it was only 2 classes at a time, and even better, it was a "cohort", so there were 25 of us taking the same two classes for the whole program. The professors knew what we were all working on, so it was nicer than undergrad when no professor had any clue that you were taking a major capstone class at the same time and had no time to do a bunch of busy work assignments.

I was only out of school for a year when I applied to go back. Then I delayed it for another year once I was accepted. I graduated in spring 2007 and started again in fall of 2009. It helped that I just love learning, and the subject matter was something I was really interested in. Everyone in my program was a working adult who was looking at education as a second career. The program had engineers and lawyers and investment bankers and stay at home moms and counselors and yada yada. We all brought such different insight to the table. It was cooler than undergrad where we all had zero experience, just idealism

If you can find an evening/weekend program, I think it would be much more accommodating to the scheduling issues you have. Plus, it'll be more adults rather than typical college kids.
That would be nice too. One of my big concerns (with a sister and two step siblings that are freshmen this year) is having to go to class with people my siblings' ages. I hear their drama enough, I don't need it all the time.

I think my relatives around here would help out with my dogs if needed. I also keep thinking it would be best to go to school now with dogs that are older and well adjusted...
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