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Go back to school or try to get a different job?

I'm sick of my current jobs (technical writer and part-time college instructor). I want to get into college advising or counseling. I don't have any formal education or expertise in counseling. So, go back to school for some classes in psychology, or just try and get a job as a counselor? For the record, the only reason I'm hesitant to go back to school is that I already have A LOT of student loan debt from my graduate degree.

Asked By: The Grit - 2/20/2007
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Go to school while you are working; don't incur any debt to go back. If you are a part time instructor, you should get reduced or free tuition. Ask some of the counselors at the school what classes/degrees you might need to do their job. You might also want to do an internship in their office, as it could lead to a... More
Answered By: J.R. - 2/20/2007
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go back to school
Answered By: fivechickensdown - 2/20/2007
 
if i were you i go back to school
Answered By: The Infector - 2/20/2007
 
both
Answered By: blueberry - 2/20/2007
 
I'm all for education to a point...however...to be a good counsellor it takes years of life experience and a good education...so back you go
Answered By: Gargirl - 2/20/2007
 
I think subconsciously you have answered your own question.....why does it have to be one or the other? DO BOTH!!! Enroll in some classes and that way you can add that to your resume for jobs your applying for. Especially if you are doing a non-traditional counseling job you may be able to sneak by with your instructor... More
Answered By: Drea - 2/20/2007
 
Go back to school WHILE you look for a job as a counselor. If you have a job in the field, it will make the education part easier. Always remember, "Love what you do and you'll never work a day in your life."
Answered By: reflex - 2/20/2007
 
I agree with gargirl, go back to school. Your life experience will be just as useful as your educational accomplishments.
Answered By: jazcy - 2/20/2007
 
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