Many people put time and effort into earning their college degree, go out into the world, work and realize they need something more. A single degree isn’t enough anymore; a second and even third degree are needed in some fields. Having been out there, I learned that a single degree wasn’t enough and chose to go back to college and get my Master of Arts in Education: Educational Leadership. There was only one problem: I should have continued with my education and kept going.
When I started my second degree, I thought I had it all figured out. I researched where I wanted to go, which program track, the career fields available, how long it would roughly take to finish, the salary range, everything you could possibly think of I pretty much had figured out. Ten years later and out of a job, I am finding I should have stayed in school longer or sought other educational options.
Know Your Options
Sometimes you wish there were a crystal ball or someone who could tell you what will happen with your future, even what you’d need to succeed. Unfortunately, there are no crystal balls and no guru’s; you just need to figure things out on your own.
When I was attending college for my Master’s degree, it was assumed that I either already had my teaching credential or my advisor just never asked when planning courses. At the time, many Student Affairs positions required experience and an advanced degree. There really wasn’t a need for the discussion of what I anticipated to do with my degree. I was already working within a university and looking to move up. An advisor shouldn’t have inquired or assisted in planning right? Wrong.
Part of knowing what your options and limitations are come from discussions with your advisor. If I had known it would have been a good idea to get a teaching credential along with my Master’s, I would have done it at the same time or even switched programs and come back to the Master’s later. The discussion never happened though, and I eventually lost out.
Having been out of a position for over a year, it has been a struggle finding something within the Education field. Hundreds of applications and resumes later, no teaching experience, no teaching credential, and no name on a layoff list are frustrating to say the least. Like many others I am considering going back to school for that third degree or switching fields all together. I am not giving up hope though that the right job is out there somewhere. It may not be close to where I live but it is out there and I will find it eventually.