Back to school?

  • lostlogic

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    Jul 06, 2016 2:36 PM GMT
    I have a bachelors which haven't really got me anywhere, so I'm considering going for a second bachelors in a different field that I've been wanting to get into. I would try to go for a masters but the graduate program I want to get into (computer science) kind of requires a bachelors in the subject. But my question is has anyone gone back to school for career change or anything like that? How did it work out? Positives? Cons?
  • Destinharbor

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    Jul 06, 2016 8:07 PM GMT
    I didn't and won't be going back to school but I know a ton of people who did, especially for your computer science training. The negative is the stress of the curriculum while still hold down a full time job. Surprisingly, the issue of writing and researching didn't seem to matter too much. This area is full of Special Ops Air Force guys who go back and to a man, they all are happy they did because the new skills dovetail with local industry as well as their military backgrounds. And lots of good paying jobs for guys with the skills. If you're taking a partial load it does take a while to complete but you'll probably find a big chunk of your first degree transfers over. The other nice thing about computer science is how integratively active most of the giants are in constructing curriculum standard so the degree translates well all over the Country. Good luck!
  • badbug

    Posts: 800

    Jul 06, 2016 11:51 PM GMT

    School is for losers. Did Matt Damon's character in Good Will Hunting go to school? No, but Robin Williams character did and now he's dead. Think about it.

  • Twozera12

    Posts: 13

    Jul 07, 2016 12:35 AM GMT
    Of course you should go back to school. You don't want to look back in life working at Starbucks realizing what you could have been doing. The only question you should be asking yourself is if you are capable of turning that computer science degree into a career. Meaning can you put that knowledge into practice.
  • SilverRRCloud

    Posts: 872

    Jul 07, 2016 10:55 AM GMT
    Two words:
    Marketable Skills! Acquire them now!

    When all's said and done, no matter what you choose to do professionally, you want to be comfortably nesting at the upper earning tier of your profession. There is absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying your work if you do not make a big, utterly counterproductive show of it. But you want to go and work, so that you can have a reasonably carefree life. And since you'll have to toil away your life anyway in the absence of significant wealth that would make you, well, 'independently wealthy', why not make the most out of it?

    When it comes to your life and happiness, adopt the good attitude that you do not take any prisoners...

    'Jump into the tanks, and forget the flanks...'

    SC

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    Jul 07, 2016 12:51 PM GMT
    lostlogic said
    ...But my question is has anyone gone back to school for career change or anything like that? How did it work out? Positives? Cons?

    Positives of my additional degree work included that it was easy as hell. I know that's a concern for many older, "non-traditional" students. I feared the younger kids would run circles around me. Instead, it was the other way around.

    In fact, I was consistently on the dean's list, perfect 4.0, and on one campus I was their sole choice as their rep to the national college "Who's Who" of outstanding students, or some such publication. I sure never did that my first times at college, I had terrible academic records.

    Second thing is that I really enjoyed school these additional times. It was actually fun for once. It's amazing what a little life experience and broadened world view can do for you. Which also enabled me to "read" my professors (some younger than me), just as well as I read the course material itself, to guess what key elements from the tons of readings they were likely to want us to know.

    I'd study & memorize those parts, and skim over the rest, rather than trying to swallow it all as some students would. I was invariably correct and breezed through tests and papers without breaking a sweat.

    I used my degrees to assist me in Army promotion, and positions in education after I retired. But not really wanting to work further as my health continued to decline, or needing it that badly. That was the very personal "con" to my additional degree pursuits. But I found satisfying outlets in returning to outdoor life, and doing volunteer work at my own pace. Not to mention seeking men with whom to share our interests and resources.

    So on balance I'd endorse your idea. Degree work can be enjoyable in itself, and if properly chosen, lead to more career opportunities. If you can do it, I'd do it.
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    Jul 07, 2016 2:13 PM GMT
    go for it.
    but
    engineering and CS
    -A BS is an efficient degree but getting a masters likely not efficient. Schools are expensive so you will have to work and or do student loans. Either way when your done with school jobs are available in your field. A companies engineering budget is always up for review so layoffs and job stress is part of the deal. Technology moves forward; especially computer science, so again job stress to always remain current and employable. Especially CS. you really got to live and breath the stuff. Than again you will never need a creative out in your life other than your employ.
    -Un like other career choices that have an intangible output an engineering or CS project either works or not. If you dont measure up you will know it. Your management will always be critical of your work even tho they them selves will loose billions in company stock, mis managed financials and run up legal fees. You will be lead by the blind and or stupid.
    -Since companies live and die along with your employ you might have to move every 8 years or so.
    -i dont think our family doctor knows how to email. A brother in law, an emergency room doctor, recently escaped from his rehab just because he could. A tax accountant forgot to file my husbands 2015 return. Go figure they all had degrees in their field