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Posted 7/24/15
Maybe be a JET?

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26 / M / canada
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That is neither a career or a long term solution sadly
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25 hours a week? Holy shit you have tons of free time to teach yourself almost anything. Just pick up programming or start a small business with whatever skills you already have and make a little bit money that way. As soon as your debt is gone quit and start something different.
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VZ68 wrote:

Maybe be a JET?



Shsssh that's my plan.
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rizelmine17 wrote:

That is neither a career or a long term solution sadly


Well, you're 25K in debt and I'm not sure what you could do to get rid of that before it turns ugly.
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I am working as of right now, as a teacher, even with my salary, that debt is quite manageable, even double that would be quite manageable.
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I think you should just stick with your degree. Look on the bright side, you have both a degree and a job.
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First off, I hope everything works out for you, man.

Second, would you mind if I PM'd you with a few questions?

I'm prepping to take courses for a degree in this field & you've shaken me a bit.
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I second the advice of seeing a career counselor who might be able to help you find something you'd like to do utilizing the education you already have, and I think you should also think long and hard about how you got through a master's degree in something without figuring out how you were going to live/reach your goals. Otherwise, you might just end up in the same situation again in 5 years with more debt and less working years available. Although you are young now and nothing wrong with having a false start and trying again, we all have a limit on how many years we have to work and to amass some savings for retirement. Unless you were born with a trust in your name for hard times/retirement, then you have to realize that each year that ticks by is one less year you have until you reach the age where no matter what you can't work anymore and you've got to make due with what you've done. So, take a little time now to make sure you're doing the right thing, and have learned from your mistake, before you waste more of your talents.
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ilikeotherstuff wrote:

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First off, I hope everything works out for you, man.

Second, would you mind if I PM'd you with a few questions?

I'm prepping to take courses for a degree in this field & you've shaken me a bit.


Sure go ahead
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Honestly thank everyone for all your support, you guys are great!
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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?
My friend had (has) the same problem, got a degree he can't make a decent buck with. So he wen't and got himself another student loan and wen't back to school to earn something more useful. Unfortunately, he just made a huge gamble. What if something happens and he can't finish his degree? What if he does but can't get a job soon enough or at all? Now he has two massive debts to pay off.

You should have done more research on your major before choosing it. Now, like someone already mentioned, you gotta suck it up and do what you have to do to pay off that 25k. It won't be easy, but anything is better than being in more 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.


Try apply as a teacher for special needs programs if you want to work one on one with kids.


My sister works with special needs kids in California, Elk Grovehool District she started at 55,000 a year then got paid to go to school for 2 more years and is topping out at 80,000. California has a law they cant cut funding for special needs to job is pretty secure been doing for 9 years. The district used to be highest pay in state not sure if still is?
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megahobbit wrote:


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.


My sister works with special needs kids in California, Elk Grovehool District she started at 55,000 a year then got paid to go to school for 2 more years and is topping out at 80,000. California has a law they cant cut funding for special needs to job is pretty secure been doing for 9 years. The district used to be highest pay in state not sure if still is?


Man I wish my family lived in california. Our district has done nothing but cut the budget for the last 20 years.
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megahobbit wrote:


scoobydew wrote:


megahobbit wrote:


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.


My sister works with special needs kids in California, Elk Grovehool District she started at 55,000 a year then got paid to go to school for 2 more years and is topping out at 80,000. California has a law they cant cut funding for special needs to job is pretty secure been doing for 9 years. The district used to be highest pay in state not sure if still is?


Man I wish my family lived in california. Our district has done nothing but cut the budget for the last 20 years.


I will say Teachers are grossly under paid for the job they do with our youth- no question about it you cant live on 25,000 a year notttttttt
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