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Mendy Smith

Career Change?

January 12, 2009 at 6:03 AM

Given the current economic conditions, I've dusted off some old thoughts about a career change.  Obama has promised jobs in improving the country's infrastructure.  That translates in my mind a need in training a work-force in vocational education.  Right up my alley.

For me this means going back to school to get my teaching credentials.  While I was researching the local university's education program, I ran across the music program.  My teacher is an adviser at the university.  A minor in music requires an audition, so I asked him if I had a fighting chance in passing the audition.  I got a "probably - that would be a cool idea" in response.  It is not a definite 'yes', but it is also no a definite 'no'. 

Granted, I don't think I will end up teaching music as a career, but having a minor in music along with with an education degree could open up some new possibilities - at least personally.  I've always had it in the back of my mind teaching youngsters and new adult students the joy (and agony) of learning .....  VIOLA!!!

OK, reality check - a minor in music would simply be an extension to what I love.  If I could become involved in the construction or re-furb of a music hall I'd be overwhelmed in joy.  Maybe I should consider acoustical physics.....

From Benjamin K
Posted on January 12, 2009 at 8:08 AM

Why do you need an excuse or justification anyway? If going back to school is what you would like to do and there is an opportunity to do it, then go for it! Don't bother trying to rationalise the "why", divert that energy into the "how" instead. Good luck to you.

From Tess Z
Posted on January 12, 2009 at 2:42 PM

I agree Mendy.  Go for it. 

The economic environment of the past year has also sent me back to college.  I'm enjoying the challenge.    I don't like the term, 'non-traditional student'.  Couldn't we just be called, more mature?  ;)

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From Tommy Atkinson
Posted on January 12, 2009 at 6:52 PM

What a fantastic idea. A new set of skills, a new and interesting life's path, and the ability to study something that you really love alongside your new career path. I can't really see a downside!

From Karen Allendoerfer
Posted on January 12, 2009 at 11:14 PM

This sounds like a great use of your skills and interests, and of your desire to give back. 

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