Stress + Flowchart = HELP ME, INTERNET ORACLE!

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I’m seriously debating going back to school.

There are two lines of thought on that, if I do.

I can finish my BTAS degree; it’d take me three semesters, if I’m lucky, four if I’m not.

Or I can switch gears completely and go after another degree.

That seems like a hefty line of thought. I’m not sure what to do. In place of that, I give you a flowchart that I made, because this is the shit I do. And yes, it’s blue, even though pink is my signature color. (And if it’s hard to read, then, uh, you can probably click to embiggen it. If you didn’t figure that out on your own, how are you on the Internet unsupervised?)

backtoschoolSo. You tell me what you think. It’s making me CRAZY.

 


6 thoughts on “Stress + Flowchart = HELP ME, INTERNET ORACLE!

  1. As someone who decided to go back to school and do a complete career change, I applaud your courage to even consider taking this step. I think you are on the right track to start looking at all the options and weighing the pros and cons. Warren and I spent at least 4 months talking about what this change would mean to our family, how we would pay for it, and what sacrifices we were willing to make to make it work. It has been one of the scariest and hardest things I have ever done, but now that I am working in my new career field I can honestly say it was the right choice for me!

  2. 1) Scared is not a con. It’s just a reaction to change.
    2) “You Love Doing It” is super important.
    3) Forever is irrelevant.
    4) If you have friends in the industry, have you talked with them?
    5) This is totally not helpful, I know. Just things to think about.
    6) Whatever you do, you’ll be great.

  3. I think from the “you’re scared as hell” item in the psych option that it’s clear where your path is leading. If something is eliciting a fear response, or any deep emotional response, you must explore it. The money, ultimately is an investment in becoming the best Jeremy you can be. I can think of nothing more worth while.

  4. I agree with MissMeliss. Finishing your BTAS is a safer option. You are excellent and it only increases your marketability.

    The “scared as hell” is a healthy feeling. A goal should make you uncomfortable. You would also be great at psychology. God knows you work that in nearly every conversation already. What about the job market? Would you work with an established firm, or open your own? I would like you to consider the stress of this option.

    Whatever you decide, you will be able to handle it.

  5. Just to make it more complicated — psychology is not a job guarantee.
    You might consider Social Work instead. (You can still counsel.) In fact, if you wan to do relationship stuff, look into Gottman certification.
    Don’t go back to do something you love — choose something that will satisfy. Save what you love for ‘fun’ and ‘hobbies’. That way you don’t burn out.

  6. No advice. I’m finishing a master’s that I don’t really care for because starting over in a completely different field costs too much for this jobless wonder.
    And, every time I see BTAS I think “Batman: The Animated Series.”

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