When I was a kid I wanted to be something different every week. Sometimes when I think about it I am reminded of Vada from the movie My Girl. Do you remember how she wanted to be something different each summer?
Well, I was just like her and sometimes think I still am.
I have been thinking a lot about the future and what I will do with my career. I think it's evident that I love my job, but just as much as I love my job I also hate it. If that doesn't make sense to you then you probably have never had a love/hate relationship with your job.
All weekend Cy and I were discussing my options (well, I kept bringing it up) and we came to two conclusions. 1. I'm not going to be happy doing what I am doing for the rest of my life, and 2. I need to do something about it now while I'm still in my twenties. (I turn 28 soon).
You see, I know I am not going to be happy doing what I'm doing for a long time because I don't even want my boss's job. If I don't want her job that means I don't want to get promoted, which to me means I am not ambitious enough in this field. Which then leads me to ask the questions... What am I doing?
This may sound a little irrational, but trust me, I have thought about this long and hard. It's not anything recent. This past Christmas only confirmed it for me. If I stay in this job I will miss out on so much! I already miss out on a lot and it depresses me all the time. One thing that I am really not looking forward to is missing all the football games next year with Cy. He and his friends are going to every single game next year and someday I want to be able to do that with him.
Back when I lost my job in early 2009 I was going to go back to school for a Masters in Education but my boss now convinced me that taking this job would be a better move financially. She is right, but it's not necessarily making me the happiest. I hate dreading going to work and lately, that is exactly what I have been doing.
So, I would like to go back to school for education. I would love to be an elementary school teacher. When I think about what I miss most from Club Libby Lu, it's the interaction with children. I have interaction with children at my job now, but it's nothing like what it was at CLL. Nothing!
There's a couple of schools around here that offer programs for working adults, but I'm hoping I can get some advice from some of you teachers out there.
I have a BS in Apparel Merchandising/Design. Should I go on for a Masters in Education (although my prior degree has nothing to do with Education whatsoever) or should I try to get a teaching certificate? There are both programs. What I am worried about is if I get a Masters I will be less desirable to a school district because they would have to pay me more money without having any teaching experience.
That's my main concern. I am setting up an appointment at the school I'm mostly interested sometime this week, so of course I will ask her all these questions.
My gut feeling is telling me that this is the right thing to do for so many reasons.
Since I am a list person, here is my list.
1. I could see myself teaching until retirement
2. It's the perfect job for when I want to start having kids
3. Iowa has an amazing benefits and retirement program for teachers
4. It would be positive interaction with kids again
5. It would be working with kids again. Period!
6. The schedule is ahhhh-mazing!
7. It would probably be the most rewarding job I have ever held
So... that is what I have had on my mind the past couple weeks.
Have you ever gone back to school as a working adult? How did it work out? Advice?