I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the state of the economy is currently hovering somewhere between dismal and disastrous. Now, it’s not that I’m in any danger of running out of veggies and tofu, but I’m feeling a little antsy about it. Kind of like I should be squirreling money away in the mattress, or, I don’t know, learning a trade.
You might think that a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree ought to be enough edumacation for anyone, but I say there’s always room in the brain for more knowledge. Especially knowledge that qualifies one for better-paying jobs.
Currently under consideration:
Pro: It’s the preferred degree of the Writers of the Future
Con: Who has time for grad school again?
Pro: one of my favorite subjects
Con: Again, grad school not so plausible right now. Also, not clear it would get me to my preferred job of writing about education without actually being a professor…erk.
Pro: Results in an actual marketable skill and has a doable timeline
Con: Costs $$ and eats up all discretionary time for awhile
Ha ha… as if.
Seriously pursuing Writing for Children in magazine or book form
Pro: No additional schooling required, and I’ve already had some success
Con: Pay is both low and unreliable
Seriously pursuing Writing for Everyone Else in magazine or book form
Pro: Many possible areas of focus to choose from, and I’ve already had some success
Con: Pay ranges from low to high but leans heavily towards low. And unreliable.
Continuing to write grants and other fundraising materials for Worthwhile Non-Profits
Pro: I’m good at it and it may get me into Heaven
Con: Doesn’t pay as well as corporate work
Seriously pursuing Soulless Corporate Jobs, e.g. marketing copywriting
Con: my education/non-profit/article and book writing background doesn’t translate very well to the corporate sector
It’s clear to me that my future success will depend upon deciding where I want to go and taking a carefully sequenced series of intermediate steps to get there. That’s true of everyone, isn’t it? But where, Xanga Magic 8 Ball, where do I want to go?