When I Grow Up I Want to Be…

My friend Joyce has been contemplating going to grad school and pursuing a different, but related, field than she is working in now. I solute her for making the commitment to take the GRE. You go girl! I’ve really been relating to her entries this week because I don’t know what I’m going to do for a real job when Eli and potential kid #2 go to school.

Ideally, I’d be able to keep a similar schedule and be home when they are. Which leaves teacher, teacher, and oh yeah, teacher. I am so very, very not cut out for teaching. Not on any level. I have a hard enough time dealing with adults in the workplace and they are supposed to behave in a semi-reasonable fashion.

So what does this leave me with? I’m not sure. I’ve thought about getting a masters of library science (MLS). In fact, I’ve talked about getting this degree for a very long time. That hankering actually started while we lived in Durham because UNC offered MLS degrees and had a (then) really sweet internship with the EPA. But at no time while we were there did I feel as if I could abandon my job and do it full-time, what with Stephen already doing the nearly-nonpaying student work. This degree would potentially put me in position to work in a school library. I know, I know it’s with kids but it would be different than having a classroom full, at least I think. The down side is once I have the degree it could take ages to actually get a job in one of the schools.

So the other option I’ve been considering is getting a masters in psychology which would then put me in a social work type situation. I already have a BA which is one class short of being a BS that was entirely geared toward grad school. At one time, I really thought I would be a councilor. So now I’m wondering if this is where my future lies. Was the decision I made in high school actually the correct one and I’ve just been spending all this time fighting it?

Here’s the kicker. When potential kid #2 gets to kindergarden I’ll be almost 40. Yeah, it’s a harder number to write than it is to actually read. So if I’m going to do something different, I’m going to have to get some training and get it soon.

I know that I don’t want to do Mac support again. I’m just not interested. And the only way I’d do graphic design is to work at a company, not working out of my house. Which defeats the goal I’m trying to achieve and actually potentially puts me at mega-overtime.

Any thoughts? Do you think I’m particularly cut out for either of these above listed jobs? I’d be interested in hearing what you have to say.

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