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Jan 20

Survivor’s Standouts 1/20/13-Back to School Edition

columbia.eduThis week marks my 3 anniversary of working at my company. The time has gone both quickly and incredibly slow if that makes any sense. With all of the crisis I deal with on a day to day basis, I sometimes wonder how I’ve made it so long in such a crazy work environment (In case you’re a new reader, I’m a Social Work Manager at a Supportive Housing Residence).

Because I didn’t take all of the clinical courses I needed when I was in graduate school, I’ve recently learned that I need to take 3 additional clinical courses to be eligible to sit to my LCSW exam (the clinical license social workers need to work and diagnose patients independently in NY state).

Not only is this incredibly frustrating, because I thought I was completely finished with school for the rest of my life (or at least until I wanted to go back for a phd if the mood ever struck). It’s also going to be expensive, ugg. My first class starts on Wednesday. so I’m a little nervous about balancing an intense job with graduate level coursework. But I’m cautiously optimistic that I can make it all work. Cross your fingers for me and we’ll see how it goes.

Survivor’s Standouts From the Past Week:

In Case You Missed Them, Here are the Posts From This Week:
Save a Life-Get a Prize
Being “On Call” on the Holidays: An Epiphany
Think Yourself into Financial Failure

Carnivals I Was Included In:
YoungAndThrify’s Weekend Ramblings
Carnival of Money Pros Hosted by Master the Art of Saving
Carnival of Financial Camaraderie Hosted by Vanessa’s Money

Have You Ever Gone Back to School or Taken a Class as an Adult While Working?
How’d You Manage Doing Both?

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  1. AverageJoe

    Yuck! I had to go back also, and I have good news: I couldn’t believe how much easier classes were after being away for awhile. I don’t know if it’s that I knew what I was there for, that I didn’t want to be there, or what….but the classwork was supposedly “harder” but I breezed through it. You’ll do the same, I’m sure.

    1. studentdebtsurvivor.com

      I sure hope that’s the case for me. I’m a little nervous about how it will go.

  2. Justin@TheFrugalPath

    Good luck with your schooling. I know what you mean about having classes sneak up on you when you thought that you were done. A similar thing happened with my wife. Thanks for including my post.

    1. studentdebtsurvivor.com

      You’re welcome. Thanks for the encouragement, I’m sure I’ll be fine, it’s just frustrating.

  3. Grayson @ Debt Roundup

    Thank you for the mention KK, I appreciate it. Good luck with going back to school for the classes. I am sure you will do fine with the balancing act.

    1. studentdebtsurvivor.com

      You bet. Thanks for the vote of confidence :-)

  4. Snarkfinance.com

    I have not gone back to school since I started working about four years ago. I have sat for the GMAT (twice) and so studied for it twice, but towards the end of the second round I realized something: while some degrees teach job specific skills (my fiance is a MSW holder, definitely would include that degree) MBAs mostly do not. They expand the conceptual based knowledge of a student, not the job specific skill set. I decided MBAs do a great job, as undergrad does, in training students to be good employees and accept salaries as compensation. They do not teach students how to make money, but how to work for it. A finite, but important difference. So the MBA is off the table for now.

    Remember that for your profession these classes will make you better at it, and increase your job flexibility in the future (like starting your own practice or company). Keep that in mind, and I am sure the cost will sting less, and that you will get more out of them.

    1. studentdebtsurvivor.com

      Very true about the MBA. I was a political science major undergrad and it didn’t teach me a set of marketable skills at all, thus why I went back to grad school. I know these three classes are something I have to do to make myself more marketable and profitable with the second license, but man it’s frustrating.

  5. Mackenzie

    Best of luck with going back to school! I’m sure once you get into a groove of balancing both school and work, you will be fine :)

    Thanks for the mention and have a great rest of the weekend!!!

    1. studentdebtsurvivor.com

      I’m sure it will be fine once I get in the groove, I’m just annoyed I even have to get back into the “groove” again 😉

  6. Michelle

    Thanks for mentioning my post. And ugh about the schooling problem!

    1. studentdebtsurvivor.com

      You bet, great post with lots of information about a topic so many bloggers and non-bloggers are interested in.

  7. L Bee and the Money Tree

    Good luck with the school and thanks for mentioning my site! !

  8. femmefrugality

    You can do it! Once I did it in a classroom environment while working 80 hours a week. It went surprisingly well. Another time I went back doing online classes while working part time. Online is not my cup of tea. It’s not fun, but it’s well worth it in the end. Thanks so much for the mention!

  9. Canadianbudgetbinder

    One thing I learned in life is that we never stop learning even if we think we have graduated and packed up the books. I’ve been to school twice now graduating both times and STILL have courses I’m taking as I have to keep up with technology. It’s all worth it. Good Luck but you don’t need that I can sense your optimism… you’ll be fine. Cheers and thanks for the mention. Mr.CBB

  10. Miss T @ Prairie Eco-Thrifter

    I am still trying to do courses part time while working full time. It is a lot harder than it used to be. My energy isn’t the same but I keep plugging along knowing it is worth it in the end. Just keep your eyes focused on the end goal and tackle one day at a time. It seems to work for me.

  11. Glen @ Monster Piggy Bank

    Thanks so much for the mention :)
    We are finally back at home with our bub and so hopefully I can return to a bit of normality soon…

  12. My Money Design

    Thanks for the mention! I went back for my MBA while working. It was tough, but I was so glad I did it when I was done!

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