Have you gone back to school?

Stephanie - posted on 03/22/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )




Each day for me gets harder and harder waking up to go to work. I've gone to school and graduated but this degree isn't working for me. I have no desire to do anything in social work and since I've graduated I've only worked in state government, nothing to do with social work at all. I live in a small city, quarter million people and really there's nothing here but government work; state, city and county or you can work at either of the universities or local colleges.

I feel like I don't have enough work experience to do anything else so if I don't do something about my current situation I'll be stuck... forever! I'm working on starting a business but I also need a back up plan, so I want to go back to school. I've been leaning on information technology. Just wanted to know if there are any other mothers who got fed up and went back to school to start a new career.


Julia - posted on 04/02/2012




I did go back to work on my masters when my son was 9 months. But I was still working full time ( 3 twelve hr shifts as a nurse). My best advice is to make sure you have a good babysitter for class and study time. Sometimes you can sneak in a few hours of studying, but generally 3 uninterrupted hours was better than 8 hours of tryIng to divide your attention and your kid will notice! With designated study times, you know the child is in good hands, you can efficiently study and then your time with your kids is more enjoyable for everyone! I finished my masters December 16th and had my 2nd son dec. 28 :) good luck to you!

Shamekia - posted on 03/25/2012




I left work. I enrolled full time in school & am now a SAHM. I LOVE IT. I was so tired of my job. My daughter is 2 yrs old & I feel like I really get to spend time with her now. The thing is my schooling is fully taken care of between my GI Bill (I'm a veteran) & Pell Grants & my living is taken care of because I saved like crazy & we're staying with my father-in-law. So just figure out where you need to be, but I know the government has a lot of programs for moms like us!

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Stephanie - posted on 03/22/2012




Thanks for your reply Heather. Although I don't wish this feeling on anyone, good to know I'm not alone.

Heather - posted on 03/22/2012




Stephanie-I am in a similar place asyou...I work for the federal govt...not social work, but psychology/criminal justice. I no longer like what I do...haven't for a long time, and the only thing that keeps me here is the retirement and the pay. We live in a VERY small area, so the income is great for the area and we can do without mine...but at the same time, I don't want to give it up. I like the cushion of my income. In this area, there are only prisons, hospitals (not interested at all!), or universities....thought about going back to school to get my teaching certificate, but not sure about that either. I have also been in this position for 13 years, only have 12 left to do...so is a career change really worth it? Or is quitting to stay home more realistic? I know lots of moms who have gone back to school to do other things...I know I didn't really give you any feedback but know that I am (and I am sure there are a lot of other moms!) in the same place you are...

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