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    How Long Will You Be In College?

    created by HelpTKids 3324 days 44 minutes ago

    Category: World

    How Long Will You Be In College?

    Are you planning on getting more than a general degree?

    What is the degree that you think will be sufficient to achieve your goals?

    How long will it take you to get the title?

    I know that for my field I will have to have at least a Masters.

    I'm trying to rush through my BA as soon as possible so I'll probably have it done a year and a half after this semester ends.

    I know a lot of fields are being flooded with so many qualified people that the competition forces you to have at least a PHD. I don't believe I fall into that category. Do you think you will need a PHD to have the job you want?

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    Currently, my plan is attend a four year university and receive a bachelors in Education. Most teachers these days are required to have a masters in Education, so that may be in my future as well.

    My goal is to become a 2nd grade teacher. I do not know if that will require me to obtain a degree higher than a bachelors. I guess I will find out :)

    Best of Luck getting your Masters :)

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    I'm hoping and assuming the longest I'll have to be in college is four years, working towards a general degree. I'm looking in the graphic design major and not much more is required besides the standard four years.

    I'm currently looking into a school where I could potentially complete the degree in only three years. That would be pretty incredible, especially since most people nowadays are spending over five years in college.

    Who knows? I still have a little more than half a year to decide the path I'm going to take. I've got to slowly inch forward day by day before I make any big decisions.

    Good luck getting your degree, I'm sure it will be worth it in the end. :)

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    I plan on getting a BFA in interior architecture. That is all my school offers for my major, and I think that degree will suffice. I truly believe that your work and dedication will make you more successful than a degree. Obviously it helps, especially in this unstable economy, but you can achieve anything as long as you set your mind to it! My mom didn't attend college and currently has a job that requires a college education! lol. The job title she holds wouldn't have been obtainable for her unless she worked her booty off and went above and beyond to show her dedication. But yes, my degree will take 4 years to get, and I plan on kicking butt in my field of work, most degrees or not! ; )

    Good luck to you all!

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    I am going for a MAsters and I too have kids that are going through striving with me in my educational endeavors. I really don't care if it takes me till im 31 to get it. I just want to help kids and families. In doing this I know that it will automatically help my family...

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    I am studying for my Bachelors in Business (Admin.) and as of right now I am on the five year plan. Which is ok with me.

    The four year degree has seemed to disappear from colleges unless if you've taken some pre-reqs and or summer courses.

    I don't mind five years. I love my college and I have been working quite hard. The problem for our college that causes only 15% of kids to graduate in four years is our core curriculum in which requires us to study four different subsections of education to better prepare us for the future. (Sounds reasonable.)

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    Helptkids- yes it seems nowadays a master helps to provide a step up, but I was curious as to what you are going to school for or what your intended career is. Come to think of it, I'm not sure if I've ever read from you what that is. And on to answer these fine questions:

    Are you planning on getting more than a general degree?
    Yes. For my Bachelors I am achieving a double major- History and Art History with a minor in Studio Art. I will complete at least my Masters, but I am honestly not sure whether I will follow the path of Art History or History down the line, but in all eventuality I would like to obtain my Phd, as my career in mind is, oddly, to teach college level.

    What is the degree that you think will be sufficient to achieve your goals?
    I have always loved my education and prided myself on being a good student. I honestly have no real concerns about being a life long student. Of course, in terms of a career I would prefer to get into the teaching field the sooner the better- I start substitute teaching in January and I'm currently volunteering at a local High School that didn't do so well on their FCAT. Naturally, as I want to eventually be a college professor, the more experience and education the better.

    How long will it take you to get the title?
    Well, as I'm a 'returning' student- I have been in and out of school part time, a class here or there, for the past five years. I finally committed last Spring and jumped in, attending full time and I have been ever since. I hope to get my four year degree done quickly- by my projections it will take about another year and a half, but I got to admit that school full time three semesters in a row has been kind of draining so I may need to take a break and move that projection out just a tid.

    Thanks a lot- I enjoyed this forum. There's nothing quite like talking about myself and my education. hehe.

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    YL - Most teachers I know actually have a bachelors degree and nothing higher. Master's degree will definitely get you a bit more pay but to my knowledge, it is not required unless you're looking at teaching at a higher level of education.

    I am planning on getting my second Bachelor's degree in Nursing. It's an accelerated program so I will be done in 16 months due to already having a degree. I graduate in May 2011.

    To become an RN, you do not even need a Bachelor's degree but it helps a lot if you want to move up the ladder, go back to school, and it also gets you slightly higher pay.
    I do plan on going back to school after I'm done for a Master's degree (maybe more than 1?) and possibly a PhD if I plan on teaching. Thankfully, the Nursing field really encourages you to go back to school and provides an environment to help you as well (scheduling and will help pay for some of it). My plan when I graduate is to work for 6 mon-1 year to figure out which Master's program I want to attend and then attend in the fall of 2012 or spring 2013.

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    For the rest of my life, I hope.

    Seriously. School is a native environment for me, and if I can figure out a way to fund it, I'll finish this bachelor's degree, get my master's (either in Psychology [Narrative Theory] or in Writing [Creative Nonfiction]), and then my ultimate pie in the sky would be a doctorate -- but I also want to teach in some capacity. so... bring me a pillow and a bedroll. I've camped out and I don't want to leave.

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    Thanks for all the responses guys! That was quick.

    For all of you guys going into education; I salute you. My mother, father, and step father were all in the education system. I truly value your efforts and will always fight for more support. I hope that one day teachers will be paid a wage that reflects the service that they offer our children. You are right; you usually don't have to have more than a BA to teach though with just a BA the starting salary will be minimal. I feel for you guys so much because the level of support for our education system is constantly dwindling. It is almost financially irresponsible to go into teaching because in some states it is becoming harder and harder to support your family off the wage given. (I hope you all marry doctors so that this won't be an issue!) I will always fight for more pay to teachers and I hope you get what you deserve. Without good pay it's hard to find any competition in the field so you get a bunch of bad teachers. It's pretty sad. I'm glad that you guys are going to do it though, you will be the best of the best I'm sure.

    Columdanny-
    I'm impressed by your positive attitude. I think you'll do great. I hope that you are right about hard work being more important than a degree. I believe that fundamentally you are correct, but it is largely professed that most employers won't even give you a chance without a degree that matches the competition. (It’s hard to tell about yourself with a resume and I’d hate to think that they wouldn’t even read your resume without it saying Masters at the top) With more and more people going to school and getting MAs and PHDs I personally am afraid to depend on a BA because I know in my field that I would be the only one with just a BA. A professor put it to me this way, the right degree gets you the interview, but you get yourself the job. I think I agree with this, and because I agree I don't want to put the cart before the horse. I want to be given the chance to prove how hard a worker I am. But I hope that a BA will get you in the door because your spirit will take you the rest of the way!

    I'm voting for all of you guys and will vote for others who post something good on here!

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    Hey, Help --

    Another thing about getting the first degree and then the right job is that employees will often kick in for your tuition. I'm in school with several people who've gotten this deal from their employers -- so more might be possible than you can see from here.

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    You're right, some will. I hope I'm lucky enough to find an organization that will do that after I get my BA. I don't count on it though. It'd be cool to have any help in paying for it. Really the cost is the only thing that keeps me from wanting to study everything. I like school.

    I never told you guys what I wanted to do.

    Well, I'm international relations major. I'm going to be specializing in Latin American politics and history. I'm also minoring in Spanish for obvious reasons. I'm thinking I'd like to work abroad some if I can. I've been to South America once and I'm trying to study in Panama next summer. (Hence my interest in CNet.) I'm pretty much fluent in Spanish now so I think I'm going to start learning Portuguese next to cover Brazil. (It's like half the continent) I'm not sure what job I want yet but I know I want to try to improve US relations with all the countries south of our border. My heart has just kinda gone that way and I think that's what I want to do with my life. I'm pretty sure there’s some good I can do out there. Just gota find out how...

    So there ya go. My aspirations. I think it’ll take a masters to do it. I doubt a PHD would make much of a difference unless I decided to teach at the university level one day.

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    Hopefully no more than two years from now, I want to be out and reast just like many graduates.

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    I recently decided to pursue a degree/career in neuro, so it looks like it's going to be a LONG road ahead. I'm behind in my undergrad now, and I'll need a doctorate, so I'd say close to a decade.

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    I want to get my Master's in Business or Economics so I'll probably be in for another four years or so. I'm a junior right now so I have about a year and half to go with my undergrad, but I don't mind staying in a little longer. I might stay at the school I'm going to now bc they have an awesome MBA program, but I kinda wanna get out and explore the world a little more, so who knows.

    We have a lot of things in common as far as school interest go, HelpTKids. I love Latin America and each country's history and political systems fascinate me. I also speak Spanish fluently and am looking for a couple more languages to learn to expand my knowledge (and add to my resume).

    My IS--Latin America teacher advised me to learn Portuguese so that way if I get a job in South America I don't limit myself to just Spanish-speaking jobs and customers. So I think it's a great idea that you're learning it! I'm trying to, too. :)

    Your future plans sound really cool. Latin American countries definitely need a voice more now than ever. I hope you get to go to Panama next summer and get some experience with that.

    I have the amazing opportunity to study abroad this coming spring sem. in Seville, Spain (which is kinda why I'm on C-net) and I couldn't be more excited! I can't wait to be totally immersed in the culture and practice my Spanish everyday. I'm excited about the experiences I'll have, what I'll discover about myself and the things I'll learn about Spain and the people there.

    So to sum up what my aspirations are so far), I want to be an economist working and living in a Spanish-speaking country when I get done with all my schooling. Life would definitely be an adventure for me every day and I would be fine with that. :)