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what do you think?
« on: June 17, 2010, 09:28:04 PM »

I think I have asked before in another way, but.........

Should I continue my education and go for my masters and CPA b/c my original plan got screwed.....


Or should I just try and find a job that I really like and enjoy. Does the extra degree really matter? Those in the position to hire or not, does it matter? What if I only wanted to do inventory control or something else? Do people really start out with one degree and then end up doing something totally different. Does a master's degree really matter? I am just asking the general public (of course I know the people here aren't always the general public!!! ;-)) Any input my help sway my opinion of what I should do. But of course I always reserve the right to maintain my own opinion.

side note: I am still a little discouraged that the Texas State board will not allow some of my credits in.......
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Re: what do you think?
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2010, 11:22:32 PM »

IMHO, a master's degree (other than an MBA) is worthless by itself. It's merely a pre-req for earning a Ph.D. However, professional certifications like CPA or PE (professional engineer) do carry a lot of weight when it comes to hiring.
 
If you truly want to be a professional accountant, then I think you need to bite the bullet and put in the course work for a CPA. Otherwise, you should look into how many of the UoP credits as well as other non-UoP coursework can be put toward an MBA program (not a regular master's program) at UTD. I'm sure UTD offers a part-time MBA program as well, so you'd be able to work and go to school at the same time.
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« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2010, 09:59:33 PM »

Gleek, not sure I understand what you mean by not a Master's program at UTD? UTD has worked hard at becoming one of the top schools for the MBA program, which they have. Still torn with what to do, I am so tired of school, say what you want age or just having kids that wears you down......Does it matter?!?!? I really want to be done, but I keep thinking of what is best for me and the family. In the end, I realize it is what I want that makes all the difference......
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« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2010, 11:10:04 PM »

i dunno about my opinion, I like school.
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« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2010, 07:14:52 AM »

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« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2010, 09:15:59 AM »

Gleek, not sure I understand what you mean by not a Master's program at UTD? UTD has worked hard at becoming one of the top schools for the MBA program, which they have. Still torn with what to do, I am so tired of school, say what you want age or just having kids that wears you down......Does it matter?!?!? I really want to be done, but I keep thinking of what is best for me and the family. In the end, I realize it is what I want that makes all the difference......

What I'm suggesting is that if you are going to get a masters degree, you should could consider a "masters in business administration" rather than a generic "master of science" or "master of arts" degree. IOW, consider the MBA program at UTD rather than a MA/MS program at UTD. I wasn't making a judgment about the school itself in any way.
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« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2010, 07:52:05 PM »

Thanks Gleek for clarifying.... Spanky suggested the same thing. I am not going to disregard that as a possibility. Thanks again.
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« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2010, 04:11:38 PM »

Well more bitching from me.

Maybe something will come my way if I speak my mind to people who don't have any way of giving me a job, however, if you do have a way and like my bitching and have a spot for me on the payroll of your company then send me an IM. Now I am not asking any of you who decide to be a smart ass, I DON'T want to stand on your corner for you, I am sure you can handle that just fine yourself. Tongue

Had an interview last week, (1 of about 10 peeps), didn't get the job. My guess is that I don't have the experience they require. Well how the hell am I supposed to if I don't get the f***ing job. Thanks for the the opportunity. Doesn't work history prove anything. Doesn't the fact that I went back to school to get my degree mean anything? DAMN IT!

Now I have to go be my kids chauffeur, more later. I know you really don't care.
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Re: what do you think?
« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2010, 06:09:58 PM »

In these situations, MY advice is to chase your dreams.  If you'd be happier living your dream than settling for something less, than I say is worth making some sacrifices to get there.

What you need to do is figure out what sort of work you would really like to do, work that would give you that pleasurable female equivalent of the testicular surge, your dream job or whatever, and then determine if if additional schooling, if any, you'll need to be able to do that sort of work. 

and be realistic.  if the only people being hired for that sort of work have cpa's or mba's, then that is what you have to do to compete for those jobs, unless you are willing to sacrifice your integrity or something sick like that.  why would i hire someone who doesn't have the credentials when i have the pick of the litter to hire someone who does?  if you want to swim with the fishes, then you need to look like the rest of the fishes.  at least, that's the message that i took away from finding nemo

in general, there is no better time to go back to school than in a down economy.  right now the only jobs available are crappy jobs.  if you can afford/tighten the home finances/kids growing up with crappy haircuts, etc and so forth and waive off the crappy income that comes with a crappy job while improving your credentials, you emerge in much better shape coming out then going in once things rebound.

whether or not to do this is a more straight forward calculation than you might first imagine  because there is a trick to it that almost nobody understands

the secret trick to the calculation is putting any wages earned in a crappy job in the cost column, rather than the income column.  right there under the cost of getting another degree.  and then multiplying the sum by your unhappiness factor (any arbitrary number greater than 1.0). (ps, you MUST double the unhappiness factor if spanky is not getting pleasured to the degree he had been accustomed due to your current state of your unhappiness)

when you run the calculation, you see that the cost of not reaching for your dream is much, much, much higher than the cost of reaching for your dreams

weird, but true

which is why I make the recommendation that I make, because it is grounded in completely rational and indisputable calculations

in all seriousness, i also strongly urge you to talk to a faculty member at UoD in the field of study related to your dreams and go over it with him/her.  just call them up and make an appointment.  trust me, if he/she is human, he/she will be more than happy to give you advise.



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Re: what do you think?
« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2010, 06:28:11 PM »

Thanks Blader, your calculations made my migraine even worse.

I do understand what you are saying. We (Spanky and I) have made the sacrifice, I did go back to school and got the degree, now I am looking for employment to utilize that degree. Unfortunately now I have to decide if I go even further in my education or do something else, just like you said.
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