What to do what to do?
A decent job for my age in an interesting industry, but the thought of being stuck in this industry in 10 years time is daunting. Then there are life circumstances. When it decides to throw a pile of shit your way that is not compatible with the stress and time needed for your current job. But then you look at the positive and think ‘why not try a degree?’
I think my mind is made up on this decision. I have considered the debt I will be entering, the study involved and the poor student lifestyle. I also considered the fact that I am 24 and by the time I graduate I will be 27. Then I considered the fact that if I decide not to do this now… My age is increasing alright!
The thought of getting to 35 and wanting a career change frightens me. I am not getting any younger. Not that there is anything wrong with studying passed the age of thirty, but I want other things in my 30s. Stability, a house, a partner and a family of my own. I am not interested in those things right this minute so I need to make the most of this time and get a solid foundation.
I in no means think someone needs a degree to go places. I could definitely move up in my industry without it, but I like options and I want more options for myself. If I go back to what I am doing now that’s fine. Knowing that I have a degree under my belt and can add a postgraduate certificate or diploma later on to completely change my career path is enticing. I love learning and I want this for myself. Timing wise this makes sense. Current situations are definitely pushing me towards the idea of doing this now and that is exciting. I am excited by this possibility.
Also slightly nervous, but that comes with any change or major decision. Deciding to add to your debt rather than build your savings could have an enormous impact on your future. Especially at the age of 24.
Watch this space… The decision will be made by mid January 2018. New year, new me OR new year, current me crumbling due to stress and life.
Has the decision been made?
If anyone out there is listening and has any going back to school or ‘mature student’ (cringe) tips, leave a comment, some advice and courage… Please!