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« Reply #30: January 09, 2011, 09:45:33 pm »

Woohoo!  Congrats Morag!

Thank you! Grin
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« Reply #31: January 09, 2011, 09:51:28 pm »

Add me to the list - I'm graduating college next May. And then on to grad school ahhhhh!

Congrats, you! And welcome to the crazy club. Grin We'll be entering grad school at the same time! (Holy crap.)


Though you have me beat by four years. Tongue
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« Reply #32: January 09, 2011, 09:54:48 pm »

What's with all you smartie-pants going back to school right after graduating?  Tongue

Degree is pretty useless without a law degree or a masters?

Religion major with a concentration in Classical and Mediterranean Studies. Would you like fries with that in grammatically correct Ancient Greek.

First Nations Major with some French. Would you like fries with that in either grammatically correct French or Coast Salish, complete with protocol introduction.




Ok, not as funny as yours, Ellen.  Cheesy
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« Reply #33: January 09, 2011, 09:58:28 pm »

I went back to finish my BA when my kids were in elementary school, and actually had people not understanding why I was getting a degree in accounting.  I should have answered "because I won't have to say do you want fries with that!"

I think the problem is that truly interesting things to study do not often lend themselves to making a good living.  Accounting bores the hell out of me, but it pays the bills and was a lifesaver while I was a single parent. 


Mmm, yes. Luckily my passion will allow for me to make a living, combined with a law degree or masters. I'm probably going for Law because, well, I most likely have a head for it, being raised by lawyers and all (I think that counts for something).
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« Reply #34: January 09, 2011, 10:03:43 pm »

...and I'm graduating next year in April.

Many congratulations to you! 
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« Reply #35: January 09, 2011, 10:14:28 pm »

...and I'm graduating next year in April.

Congrats!  Grin

Also, friend passed this along re law schools (not to be a dampener but something to consider): http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/09/business/09law.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2&hp
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« Reply #36: January 09, 2011, 10:16:17 pm »

Thank you. Smiley I've considered it once before, as well as med school (my aunt was a doctor, but like you I get squicked by blood - and needles!). Actually seriously considering law now, because with the First Nations degree I can make more of a difference in advocacy as a lawyer (and get paid more too). I hate to seem like someone concerned with the bottom line more than changing the world, but if I can't eat I can't do much. And I'm going to be graduating with over 60K in student loans. If I don't get a good paying job (and even if I went into being Crown Counsel, starting pay for that is 60K a year), I won't ever pay off my loans.


I think I may avoid being a trial lawyer, however. Average career expectancy before burn-out for a trial lawyer is 6-8 years. My dad did 23 years, but he's a sociopath. I'd rather stay human.

My aunt is a dean in a grad school, has written several books in her field, is married to a guy who started a software company and sold to Microsoft for more money than you or I will *ever* see, and didn't finish paying off her student loans till she was in her 50s. Of course, she went to grad school at Yale, so gods only know how much she owed, but...
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I think the problem is that truly interesting things to study do not often lend themselves to making a good living.  Accounting bores the hell out of me, but it pays the bills and was a lifesaver while I was a single parent. 

O/T Would you mind expanding on this a little?  I am also making the switch to accounting because I think it would be a good choice given my current situation.  (If not, I would like to hear more about it through pm)  Thank you. Smiley
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« Reply #38: January 10, 2011, 12:33:09 am »

Degree is pretty useless without a law degree or a masters?

Pffff. You want your degree to be useful? You guys demand too much.  Grin




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« Reply #39: January 10, 2011, 08:00:34 am »

Pffff. You want your degree to be useful? You guys demand too much.  Grin




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When I was getting my first BA (British Lit, with a secondary teaching certification), our senior seminar professor (who'd been "getting his PhD" for about 20 years by then, already, give or take) told us one day: "I have three words for those of you graduating with a purely liberal arts degree. Ticonderoga Number Two."

"Did you want fries with that" didn't really enter the cultural consciousness as the viable (and actually much better earning!) alternative until a few years afterward.

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« Reply #40: January 10, 2011, 02:55:19 pm »

O/T Would you mind expanding on this a little?  I am also making the switch to accounting because I think it would be a good choice given my current situation.  (If not, I would like to hear more about it through pm)  Thank you. Smiley

Accounting is a good, decently paid job/career.  You generally get weekends and holidays off, you generally don't bring work home with you, and you work at a desk with air conditioning/heating.  Most jobs are just not that exciting in the long run.  But if you are going to have to have one (most of us do) and what you truly enjoy isn't going to pay enough (my issue at the time) then go with what you are good at and don't absolutely hate.  I actually enjoy getting a set of books done right.  But all the data entry is boring.  And even though at 52 standing cooking all day would be bad, sitting all day is boring.  And you don't get too much people contact most of the time.

BUT, it pays well, most jobs turn out to be just another job anyway, the working conditions are good, you don't have to wear a uniform, and everyone I've worked with has been good people.  Oh, and if you do payroll - correctly - everyone loves you.  Wink

There is nothing wrong with accounting.  It was right for me at the time.  It means as the SO and I move on to what we want to do in the future we won't have to pay anyone to do the books/payroll/taxes.  It just isn't really fulfilling and all that for me.

I also have an issue with it that comes from my marriage.  The now ex convinced me that other careers would not be a good idea for various reasons.  Turned out he assumed I would make a 6 figure income the first year out of college as an accountant and then he would retire and I would work/clean/cook/do all the child stuff/do all the errands/do all the banking.  First I laughed at his assumption and pointed out I would probably NEVER make that kind of money.  Then I gave him shit for assuming I would do everything while he sat on his ass.  There are many reasons we are divorced.
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« Reply #41: January 10, 2011, 03:06:36 pm »

...and I'm graduating next year in April.

WOOHOO! Congratulations Morag! Cheesy

...I dread to think I still have all this to come. LOL.
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« Reply #42: January 11, 2011, 12:43:01 am »

I'm so happy I want to cry. Next year I'll finally have my first degree after eight years of university (that's eight years enrolled, with an almost 2 year break). (Not that school will be over for me, because I'm probably going straight into my Master's degree, but that'll be quite a bit shorter than 8 years.)

Wheee, well done Morag!  Far be it from me to fatten you up for the oven so you don't fit your pants, but *offers tasty, lactose-free cake*

Heh, is it bad that I'm planning on getting my *final* degree eight years from now...?  Probably.  Ah, well.  Congrats anyway, and enjoy freedom!
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« Reply #43: January 11, 2011, 12:27:21 pm »

Accounting is a good, decently paid job/career. 

Thank you for sharing your story.  I am at that point in my life where I need to decide money or dreams, so I can agree with you that Accounting is not my first choice, but it will provide a nice job for me and will help me move on with my life.

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« Reply #44: January 11, 2011, 12:38:48 pm »

Thank you for sharing your story.  I am at that point in my life where I need to decide money or dreams, so I can agree with you that Accounting is not my first choice, but it will provide a nice job for me and will help me move on with my life.



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