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Masters for Career Change
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(12-30-2018, 12:54 PM)davewill Wrote: Have you talked with your current employers? Maybe you could be part of their exit strategy from the business and end up your own boss.

Unfortunately, despite being an international brand with surprising global influence....it's paradoxically also a small mom & pop situation, structurally. The owners are very....um.... "quirky" and, shall we say, they frequently make decisions that are more in the best interest of their immediate family, and not necessarily in the best interests of the company. 

I've tried to talk about their exit strategy, given their age and the main owner's increasing issues with short-term memory, and was met with a deer-in-the-headlights expression and an obvious made-up-on-the-spot word salad answer. (That's about the time I started working on my degree.)

Based on my conversations and ones I've overheard, I believe the only two things that would ever remove them from the company is death or bankruptcy.

(12-30-2018, 01:01 PM)allvia Wrote: Now that you're about to be a college graduate I'd recommend that you start looking for and applying for jobs that are of interest to you and see what happens.  You are now able to 'check the box' on opportunities that could have otherwise not been available to you. Being a new grad is a good time to try to transition from your 'paying the bills' day job into something that is of interest to you; plus when they ask you in an interview 'Why are you looking to change jobs/fields/careers now?", you'll have your answer in the I just graduated college and it is time.

At this time I don't think you've maximized your potential opportunities as a college graduate; no reason to jump into a master program just yet - plus, maybe your next employer will foot the bill for the one you do get.

Those are excellent points. The main reason I was considering jumping into a Master's is the flexibility with my workload/pacing at my current job to be able to do a lot of the college work at the office. And I'm already in a really good rhythm/momentum with academic work. I thought "Hey why not knock out a six-month or less master's while I'm still here?" But the possibility of a future employer footing the bill for a master's is a fantastic idea! It really hadn't occurred to me till you mentioned it. That's some excellent input. Thanks!
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I'll tell you what's crazy. In the past 3 days, my boss has abruptly signed a deal with a third party broadcasting unit who have their own deal with ESPN 3 to broadcast this trade-related semi-sports competition event we host every year in two weeks. And I'm currently lined up to be the play-by-play TV commentator.  

So just a week ago, I was musing about transitioning into the sports world, and now all the sudden it looks like in short order, I'll have ESPN broadcasting credentials on my resume. Life works in mysterious ways.
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allvia Wrote:At this time I don't think you've maximized your potential opportunities as a college graduate; no reason to jump into a master program just yet - plus, maybe your next employer will foot the bill for the one you do get.

Yes, this is what I would recommend too if you can get your current or next employer to subsidize the cost of your Masters.
Some part time work at that second company may provide you tuition assistance worth $5,000+ a year of reimbursement.

elbebopkid Wrote:I'll tell you what's crazy. In the past 3 days, my boss has abruptly signed a deal with a third party broadcasting unit who have their own deal with ESPN 3 to broadcast this trade-related semi-sports competition event we host every year in two weeks. And I'm currently lined up to be the play-by-play TV commentator.  

So just a week ago, I was musing about transitioning into the sports world, and now all the sudden it looks like in short order, I'll have ESPN broadcasting credentials on my resume. Life works in mysterious ways.

Haha, that is pretty awesome I would say. Life does work in mysterious ways, sometimes opportunities are right around the corner without a need to search for it. I'm dreaming of a high paying p/t job that allows you to telecommute and provides tuition assistance, that's the ultimate goal for me... I think this year I'll search for it!
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