[Coco] Re: Thoughts about going back to school full time.
jimcox at miba51.com
Thu Dec 8 00:33:02 EST 2005
Yep, you have the right person. I have thought about the
possibility of teaching, but I am not sure if that is the
right path for me. I like helping people, and actually I
am pretty good at tutoring people who are not technically
knowledgable, but that is one on one, and not in a class
room. I like helping people, and it provides a positive
feedback unlike what I am getting now.
Right now, my biggest problem is career burnout. I've
been a test technician for most of my 23 years in tech (I
did a brief stint in tech support, but moved on for better
pay) I want to find something more rewarding and
enjoyable. I want to move into an engineering tech job.
I am starting to agree with James that pursuing a degree
just in hopes of a better job, might not be the right
choice. I thought of getting a degree in some sort of
sciences (meteorology or oceanography) in hopes of finding
a job as a tech in those fields, but I think I could
pursue that course much cheaper via self study and build
on my tech experience.
In an effort to prevent burnout, I need to have a life of
some sorts. If I had some hobbies in the fields I am
intersted in and worked on personal projects, I think that
would increase my skill set and help me move into the
fields I am interested in.
It's funny you wrote today, since I took my final in
Introductory C Programming. I choked on two questions -
didn't even work on them, and spent way too much time on a
third. Even though it was open book, it was a struggle
for me. It been over 23 years since I took a final and I
have some added preasure from work, since there are some
expectations (they want me to be come a test automation
engineer and there is a lot of pressure.) It's hard to
explain to someone who's almost 15 years younger than you
and has a four year degree, that school isn't that easy,
especially when you don't write code in your current
position and only at home.
I need to work on a strategy to prevent burnout and
improve my skill set. Well, there is the CoCo :) Cheers!
On Wed, 07 Dec 2005 22:22:33 +0600
"Richard E. Crislip" <rcrislip at neo.rr.com> wrote:
> Hello Jim
> I know I'm jumping in here, but I have elected to return
>to school to get my
> bachelor degree at 58yrs because when I graduate, I want
>to be able to teach
> in the two year colleges that are springing up every
>where. I was doing that
> until the accreditation team came through. They pointed
>out that in Ohio,
> the teacher had to have bachelors degree to teach the
> because they are deemed as being business courses. My 37
> and associate degree in programming didn't mean a thing
>8-/. So if you think
> you may want to teach, then by all means get the degree.
>If you plan to
> switch jobs, I agree with James, unless you have a sure
>thing. I hope I'm
> replying to the correct person 8-}.
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