Putting My Career Change on Hold

Sheldon: Leonard is upstairs right now with my archenemy.
Penny: Your archenemy?
Sheldon: Yes: the Dr. Doom to my Mr. Fantastic, the Dr. Octopus to my Spiderman, the Dr. Sivana to my Captain Marvel…
Penny: OK, I get it, I get it…
Sheldon: You know, it’s amazing how many supervillains have advanced degrees. Graduate schools should do a better job of screening those people out. -The Big Bang Theory

This week I got accepted into graduate school (yay!) and spent about a day celebrating. Then reality set in. When I went to check the schedule of classes, the three prerequisite classes I needed were only offered during the day. Apparently the budget problems the school was going through means no night classes for me. Which means I can’t go. While financial aid covers my tuition, it won’t cover rent and other living expenses. I’m the sole breadwinner, and in this economy it just makes no sense to quit a well paying job to go back to school.

I talked with Match about it and I decided that it’s just not the right time for me. I’m hoping to re-apply in the upcoming Fall semester. Match should have a new job by then, and I’ll have all of that time to save up. There are also a lot of other things to do before I can get into a credential program. I have to study (and pass) the CSET, and I need 45 hours of field work. That might not sound like much, but with my busy schedule and the fact that I work weekdays makes it tough to get classroom time. Hopefully my volunteer gig will work out in the new year.

So I guess in a way it’s a relief not to be going to grad school right now. I am finishing up with my networking classes and it will be nice to have a little break. It will also be nice not having to stress about balancing work and school for right now. And things with work aren’t all bad. My boss recently bought us modern office furniture including really comfortable chairs. And my new administrative assistance is pretty nice, so it makes work more enjoyable. I think with the current job market I need to be really thankful for what I have right now.

Match told me this is only a minor set back and said there is no way I’m giving up on my dream completely. He said the minute he gets hired on as a paid fire fighter, or gets a good paying job, I’m going to school. 🙂 I love that he’s so encouraging, because part of me felt like just giving up entirely. He has convinced me to look at the silver lining, and get the field experience. That way I’ll know for sure if this is a career change I want to make. It would be horrible to go through all of that schooling only to realize teaching kids is not for me. We’ll just have to see what fate and the new year brings!

11 Comments

    Mandi

    That’s wonderful to have such support! And congrats on being accepted to grad school – even if you chose to go later, that’s still a great achievement!
    .-= Mandi´s last blog ..On the Topic of Childbirth =-.

    Jessie

    congrats – you’re such a smart cookie! but you’re making a very mature decision. and if you got in once, you can definitely re-apply when the time is right.
    .-= Jessie´s last blog ..i know you’ve missed them =-.

    Michaela

    Sounds like you made a very smart decision, though I’m sure it was a hard one. Congrats on being accepted though!!
    .-= Michaela´s last blog ..Foto Friday – Snow!! =-.

    Mommyof2Girlz @ A Pocket Full Of Buttons

    I LOVE that you quoted Big Bang Theory, I can not miss an episode. Congrats on grad school, wahoo! Thanks for stopping by on my SITS features day it is great to meet another Cali girl. Have a wonderful holiday season 🙂
    .-= Mommyof2Girlz @ A Pocket Full Of Buttons´s last blog ..It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas =-.

    One of The Guys

    Well life is all about timing. I’m sure you’ll go when the time is right. But congrats anyway! That must have felt good.
    Is Match close to becoming a paid fire fighter?

    Judy

    I am sure everything will work out for the best. A slight delay is not going to keep you from achieving your goals.
    .-= Judy´s last blog ..Indoor Window Shopping! =-.

    Norma Lee Good

    Congratulations!!! That’s awesome! have a Merry SITSmas!

    Karen

    I’m sure it was really disappointing to realize you can’t start grad school right now. But it will happen when the time is right and the wait will be SO worth it!
    .-= Karen´s last blog ..O Christmas Tree =-.

    E

    Kinda bittersweet I know. Congrats first off on getting accepted! And I think you are looking at it the right way. With the economy the way it is I would hate to see you leave your job and then something come up and you not be able to find another one. I agree with Match and am glad he is being so supportive! Just try to think positive! 🙂
    .-= E´s last blog ..There’s Just Never Enough Time =-.

    phoebe

    congrats on being accepted!! that’s a huge accomplishment all on its own. when the time is right, it will all fall into place. lots of luck!!
    .-= phoebe´s last blog ..over the top. =-.

    Libby

    College is definitely hard to handle. I ended up taking a fifth year!
    Now with Grad school, I have to attend required seminars before coming. Of course it doesn’t help that I’m 5371 miles away
    Good Luck though and congrats on the acceptance…you’re one step closer.
    Oh and BTdubs, Big Bang is probably one of my favorite shows and I love that you quoted it!
    .-= Libby´s last blog ..5 dinners, 4 families, 3 languages, 2 shopping days, and a partridge in a pear tree =-.

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