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20 July 2015 @ 01:26 pm
A Question for College Graduates  
All the jobs I want require either: a Master’s level in Counseling, Therapy, or Psychology; or a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Services or Education. I knew I should have stuck with the Education degree... I am thinking of going back for counseling??? This is a pretty serious and expensive decision and I would appreciate any feedback you may have if you have one of these degrees. I am tired of living just below the poverty line... high enough that I don't qualify to receive food stamps but low enough that I struggle with buying groceries.

Also, if you receive grants or financial aid... how did you go about it? I don't know the first thing about getting grants. 
angel ♥aery on July 21st, 2015 01:36 am (UTC)
If the job situation for teachers where you are is anything like most parts of Canada do not go for education. I have an education degree and the prospects are bleak. Most have to go overseas to find teaching jobs, I just came back from China myself.

As for financial aid, just search google to find out more about what is offered in your state. Like I said, I'm in Canada so I can't give you specific advice as things are probably done differently but in Ontario we have something called OSAP which is basically loans and grants through the government. There are also websites that help you find scholarships. I didn't really know where to start when I began college and university but google was my best friend. I just found what I needed through searching online. If there are specific schools you are looking into, you could also speak with someone from their financial aid offices as there may be school specific grants etc. that you could have access to, plus I'm sure they would have good general advice for you.

Praying for God's guidance with the difficult decisions you are facing. I understand the frustration as I am job searching myself and am having to look outside of teaching for work right now. I am either overqualified or don't have the right credentials and experience. Hang in there, the Lord will provide a way ♥
between the pavement and the starssaintcheney on July 21st, 2015 02:01 am (UTC)
I wouldn't really recommend a second bachelor's degree.

If you have to get something else, get a master's in social work (Boston University has an online program, this is not a recommendation or endorsement, just a Google search: http://onlinemsw.bu.edu/msw-overview). But it might not be worth the money. And it would be expensive. And you wouldn't make much money.

You could try to find a licensing M. Ed. program like this one at MVNU: http://www.mvnu.edu/gps/graduate_programs/education/maed_initial/ . That's for Ohio licensure, but there are probably similar program elsewhere.

What about nursing? That might be one area where it could be worthwhile to get a "lower" degree. RNs make decent money and it would be cheaper and still in a "helping" field.

amandakeepcalmandcurl on July 21st, 2015 11:44 am (UTC)
I know it's different in the States from Canada - but I applied online for my financial aid and then picked it up once I started the semester at the University. If this is something you feel passionate about, and it's in your means, then go for it. I'll pray for you :)
bekababimae on August 17th, 2015 02:49 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, I don't think you qualify for grants if you already have a bachelors degree. I looked into that a few years ago, and it didn't seem I could them because of that.

What you might could try is applying for an assistantship if you go back for your Masters. I know several people who have done this, and I believe it covers almost all of your school costs, in addition to getting paid a little. The downside is, you probably couldn't work full time on top of that. However, this might be a good option if your expenses are low and you don't want to take out student loans.