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After finishing my masters degree in applied linguistics and started working in education as a teacher, I found the working conditions and pay to be unsustainable (most jobs only offer 25 hours of work a week). I also find that teaching large groups just isn't for me. Whats worse, I don't see much room for professional growth as an English language teacher.

I enjoy working on my own online start up teaching students one to one but I fear that it will never lead to a sucessful future. Should I go back and do more school (and go into more debt) in a new field which is more lucrative?

Please help, I'm under heavy psychological stress right now because of this dilemma.
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Are there any other locations that you could possibly move to with better conditions?

What's the new and more lucrative field?
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Bartenders and Nurses can work almost anywhere.
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Do you have any student loan debt?
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I think you should find and see a professional career counselor tbh. I hope you will find a direction that's best for you.^^
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Changing locations whether it be government or private won't make enough of a difference and other fields such as in publishing don't interest me. I've been pretty good with computers and I was thinking of heading into computer science. Would this be stupid with a 25k debt?
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rizelmine17 wrote:

Changing locations whether it be government or private won't make enough of a difference and other fields such as in publishing don't interest me. I've been pretty good with computers and I was thinking of heading into computer science. Would this be stupid with a 25k debt?


You should in my opinion suck it up and pay off your debt and then attempt to pay cash for a more useful degree. I would never advise growing your debt.
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rizelmine17 wrote:

After finishing my masters degree in applied linguistics and started working in education as a teacher, I found the working conditions and pay to be unsustainable (most jobs only offer 25 hours of work a week). I also find that teaching large groups just isn't for me. Whats worse, I don't see much room for professional growth as an English language teacher.

I enjoy working on my own online start up teaching students one to one but I fear that it will never lead to a sucessful future. Should I go back and do more school (and go into more debt) in a new field which is more lucrative?

Please help, I'm under heavy psychological stress right now because of this dilemma.


If your a teacher stay away from the US its only worse down here. Both my parents teach and its pretty fucking brutal for teachers.
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rizelmine17 wrote:

After finishing my masters degree in applied linguistics and started working in education as a teacher, I found the working conditions and pay to be unsustainable (most jobs only offer 25 hours of work a week). I also find that teaching large groups just isn't for me. Whats worse, I don't see much room for professional growth as an English language teacher.

I enjoy working on my own online start up teaching students one to one but I fear that it will never lead to a sucessful future. Should I go back and do more school (and go into more debt) in a new field which is more lucrative?

Please help, I'm under heavy psychological stress right now because of this dilemma.


Try apply as a teacher for special needs programs if you want to work one on one with kids.
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I believe I warned people about seeking English degrees and I was bashed for it them saying "It's up to the individual." but this poster just reaffirms my warning to potential English majors SWITCH NOW or regret it!

As for the career advice for you, you would first have to list what your interested in. Any job that has a Math & Science background will pay a lot more. I would just do a google search for top careers in demand and go from there. Select from those lists which interest you and see what type of degree/training they require. You can get a good job without incurring more debt, but most likely a college degree will make you more desirable.
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rizelmine17 wrote:

Changing locations whether it be government or private won't make enough of a difference and other fields such as in publishing don't interest me. I've been pretty good with computers and I was thinking of heading into computer science. Would this be stupid with a 25k debt?


It's a bit risky to change into an entirely different field with that amount, unless you are certain that your jobs in computer science will greatly nullify any further debt.

I have friends that are on the same path you are as English teachers (here in the U.S.), and I can say from my observations of them that there is room for professional growth - but you have to be prepared for the pressure of publishing quite often. I think you'll be able to have a successful future if you climb over that obstacle. Otherwise, being honest and talking about what I've seen with my friends, I don't think you're going to really grow.

If you do start leaning towards computer science, I would make sure that you have a certain love for your new field and that you will charge down that road because you have debt stacking up and you want to make the best out of the situation. There is more room to grow after studying CS, but there are many CS majors popping up now so you'll have to compete with them to climb higher.

My two cents: I'd rather be more in debt doing something I'm happy with than continuing down a path that my heart doesn't want to walk on.
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I've researched the career prospects of CS and it seems to be quite promising. I am still young (enough) but I fear that if I pay off my debt first it could take years with my current salary. Years I fear are wasted on a career I am trying to leave. The question is, should I take the risk and incur more debt and time into another field or stay in my current field and risk never reaching my financial goals as a professional?
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rizelmine17 wrote:

I've researched the career prospects of CS and it seems to be quite promising. I am still young (enough) but I fear that if I pay off my debt first it could take years with my current salary. Years I fear are wasted on a career I am trying to leave. The question is, should I take the risk and incur more debt and time into another field or stay in my current field and risk never reaching my financial goals as a professional?


The thing is you are still going to waste years paying off your debt no matter what you decide. Taking out even more loans seems crazy.
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In the grand scheme of things even 40k in debt wouldn't be too terrible if I can get a job with decent pay. It would be like paying off a car. I can just drive a Shit box until I pay it off.
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I struggle with the same things. I went into an art career because it's my passion. I knew going into it that it would pretty much be an uphill battle trying to find a supportive job.
The way I see it you can either love the job you have and not get paid as much. Work a job you dislike and get paid much more. Obviously that's not always the case, and people can be very successful doing what they love. But if you really enjoy linguistics, I would encourage to to keep looking for a career in what you went to school for. I wouldn't waste your time spending more money and hours going to school for something that might make more money.
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