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Chell in Gainesville, Florida

57 months ago

It has been about a year since I graduate with my BA in Psychology. I feel stuck going no where. I have a 2.5 gpa so getting into graduate school will be VERY difficult. So I am trying to figure out what other degree's would be my preference and would provide a decent wage upon graduation. Then I can have a career, while I try to get into graduate school to pursue a degree in what I am most interested in.

SO my question is it possible to be BROKE with no financial support what so ever, with a 2.5 gpa from my BA in Psychology... and Go back to school for a AS in Biotechnology and then possibly a BS. In order to become a Medical Technologist. I feel this career would provide a decent wage. So how would I get the financial support in order to do so financially. I am broke working as a housekeeping supervisor earning minimum wage.

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Rohan in Fresh Meadows, New York

57 months ago

Getting a biotech will not get your foot into a CLS program any easier, go for the actual program. Sorry to hear BA in psych didn't provide you any good experience, from what I understand you should have maintained a 3.0 gpa to get into grad school or med school. Be very careful with your GPA when you start the Med tech program if you go that route. Post-Bac grades are always looked upon heavily than your undergrad grades when applying to medical schools/masters.

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patrickpants in Wisconsin

57 months ago

I feel the exact same way. I graduated with a BS in Psychology and I feel like my only option to do anything with that degree is to continue onto graduate school. I had a pretty good GPA in college, but I didn't do any research assistantships or internships or anything, so I'm not sure if just a good GPA would even be enough to get into a good graduate school. Plus, even if I DO go on to get a Master's or Ph.D in Psychology, it seems like the starting salaries for something like a Counselor is only like $40k, and honestly it doesn't seem worth it to go through all that hard work to not be making much money, relatively speaking for getting a Ph.D.

SO, I have been looking into going back to school and getting a BS in Medical Technology. Can anyone tell me if this would be better than going to graduate school for psychology? It does seem like I'm kind of starting all over again by going back to school and getting another undergraduate degree. At this point, I'm just looking for a degree that can get me an entry-level job with a decent starting salary. Help?

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patrickpants in Wisconsin

57 months ago

Thanks for the reply, ANGRYWOLF. In hindsight, I do realize I should have done some research assistantships while still in college, but to be fair, I was taking a full credit load (18 credits most semesters) while also working close to 30 hours a week at a grocery store to help pay for my education, so I honestly did not have time to take on an extra internship.

I mainly took psychology because it was interesting to me and also easy. But I can't see myself being a counselor. I am very introverted and not really a "people-person" I guess you could say, which is why I think a career as a MT would be perfect for me. I am interested in the health care field, but would rather not have so much direct patient contact. Is that contradictory? LOL. I don't know. I just feel so lost at this point. I'm 23 and unemployed with a degree that nobody seems to care about, at least not enough to hire me for anything, hahah.

Even if you would advise against medical technology itself as a career, what about using it as stepping stone to something else? I was thinking maybe going into forensic science or toxicology... you know doing the lab stuff they do on TV shows and stuff hahaha. Or maybe even pharmacy school. Any more insight you can provide is appreciated.

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Chell in Gainesville, Florida

57 months ago

Your very much right about that. In my situation money troubles got in the way. I took psychology because it very much interests me and I wanted to understand people more. But I had to work full time while going to school full time because my parents were unable to help me financially. So I have been doing some soul searching and tried to figure out where I want to be and what I want to do for my future. I always liked helping people, but that is such a broad statement. I have learned that I like working with the older crowd of kids between high school and college. So I need to volunteer. In order to do so I need to sit down with my boss at the Hotel that I work at and ask for 1 consistent weekday off each week. I need this job right now to feed and house myself. So the only way to get volunteering in, is to negotiate with my boss about creating stability in this rotating shift schedule. I have been with this hotel for 1 year now and have moved from housekeeper to Supervisor in short time so I think that gives me something to work from. That is my plan for now... I honestly cannot afford additional education at this point. But I will feel so good helping teens trough tutoring and mentoring.

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justasconfused in Dade City, Florida

54 months ago

wow, I'm not the only one! I have a BA in Psychology. Being young at the time, I found psychology being interesting and did not look into the future of where this could take me. I have year of teaching at risk children for 10 years, then the school I was act closed, and now I work with pre-k autistic children. I feel I was placed here for some reason. I'm going on my second year, and I feel I should look into something that I can utilize my experience in teaching and a BA in Psychology. I feel the medical field is the way. I'm not RN material. So I have been researching myself to see what I can go back to school for and this time do it correctly. Any suggestions????

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Created4APurpose in Bronx, New York

15 months ago

Like everyone that posted, I find myself in the same predicament. I'm here hyped like...OMG I am not the only one.I have a BA in Forensic Psych; And When I tell you being unemployed with this degree has messed me up all kinds of ways believe me. With this economy being the way that it is, I've been feeling like there isn't any hope. I applied to all kinds of jobs I mean everything. I must have like 20 different resumes and cover letters. It's like having this degree is hopeless without going to Grad school, and right now idk about Grad school because of my accumulating loans. and i Graduated with a 2.9 average so i know that doesn't look good for grade school; and i was trying to go for a 2nd BA but the adviser told me it doesn't make any sense i do when I already have one. Idk where to go from here I'm so confused, lost and unhappy. Day after day thinking about it just stresses me out, I cant even get a retail job, I think because of my degree.Can anyone suggest jobs/agencies for me to look into or suggest some Grad schools that wouldn't mind my gpa/ I need a route- a way out of this misery.

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Servo925 in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

13 months ago

I have no idea what to go back to school for. I'd prefer to go back for a 2 year degree or some kind of certification, rather than go back and do another 4-year degree. I'm in the same boat as everyone else..I have a 2.9 GPA, and it's going to be hard for me to get into a master's program. I really do like helping people, and so far in my career, I haven't had problems working with clients. I have a lot of empathy and I'm good at not taking the dirt home with me. However, I find the people I work for and work with are not good people. Of course, in my case, they all tend to be previous addicts (since I work in recovery) and they all seem to still carry the addictive personality and still continue to manipulate even in their place of work.
I unfortunately, can't find another spot in this field for the life of me to get me out of D&A counseling. I doubt any other job in this field will be any better. So now here I am...stuck!

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Prodigy in Easton, Pennsylvania

11 months ago

I'm in the same boat haha
I'm a recent graduate with a Psych. degree, unemployed and loans through the roof. Any update with you guys though? I'll Keep you updated as well

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Holly81 in Cicero, Illinois

10 months ago

I have a degree in Psychology and was able to become a QIDP or case manager for adults with disabilities. The pay is low and the work is overwhelming most days. I am now looking to change career paths, but I must say once you get into case management you learn A LOT and there is a ton of room for growth if you enjoy the field. Good luck!

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pnut1 in Hayward, California

10 months ago

Wow, so there is more than just me! I graduated 1 year ago with a B.A in psychology. I had the opportunity to continue grad school at the same university, so I chose to go for it! I am currently in a MS of public Admin/health care admin, option in management. I have been looking for a psych job ever since the, because I am still working as student assistant at my university. It's def. not easy, I graduated with a 2.8 gpa. I am still looking for a full time job, and I am going great on this program, I will be graduating next june and Iam hoping I find a job asap.

I choose psychology because it is a great field! I think you can do a lot from it, the problem is, most health related jobs now fall under "nursing" which to me is total bs, because most nurses don't have complete understanding of psych. Entry level psych jobs are instead given to entry level nurses. Which is really sad.

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Anonymous in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

8 months ago

I also have a B.S. in Psychology and completely regret it. I do have a job but all it is is pushing papers from Point A to Point B. I am miserable and considering becoming a veterinarian at this point. However, that means giving up my miserable, boring, yet decent paying job and going back to school. It just seems like a crapshoot and I completely regret doing this major.

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Bill in Farmingdale, New York

8 months ago

Here is a suggestion for you those of you with a Psychology bachelor's degree. Brush up on some Photoshop or Adobe CS software, and apply for entry-level marketing positions in biotech firms. You could self-teach just a few hours a week easily through online tutorials for free. Adobe has the CS2 edition for free. You will have a significant advantage over marketing or graphic design degrees that do not have any kind of science-oriented background. Of course someone with a biotech/biology degree AND design skills will trump you, but that is quite rare.

How do I know? Because I'm the hiring manager at a biotech company and we hired such a candidate.

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dmangulo23 in San Jose, California

7 months ago

Im in the same situation.
I graduated almost 2 years ago.
I could not do anything for a year because my mom was sick and I was taking care of her and the house. Its like I wasted my time and money. I originally wanted a BS in Animal Science but I m not smart enough for organic chem. Now, I find myself unemployed.
I hope you guys have better luck that me!

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Anonymous

7 months ago

I graduated in December 2011 with my B.A. in Psych (GPA was ~3.0) and have been through a lot of employment angst since. There are many one-on-one therapeutic aide types of positions with kids if you can handle that. As an introvert I found these positions overwhelming at times. Another option if you can handle violent types is juvenile populations, even prisons. If the direct care is too much for you, LOOK INTO a temp agency to get yourself an office job. I am currently working as a Referral Specialist for a Mental Health agency, where I speak with and take new clients over the phone and by e-mail/fax. I make $13.20/hour, which is (unfortunately) more pay than many positions for entry-level psych grads in this economy. I got into this company by starting as a temp in the Billing Department.

Although I think I would be THE perfect social worker or therapist, it's just not a realistic career option in today's job market. I'm not going to spend 4 years getting an MSW (part-time while working full-time), somehow complete hundreds of internship hours on top of that, then wait another 2+ years to get licensed, all just to earn 50K/year if I'm lucky. I've also seen the questionable characters of many therapists and psychiatrists (self-worship for some is an understatement), and am quite frankly very disillusioned with the field, but that's a topic for a different forum.

So I'm going an alternate route. I am going back to school PT for an Associate's RN program in nursing, hoping to graduate in about 3 years. Entry-level RNs make more money than MSWs and are often taking what used to be only social worker/psych jobs. It's a great field that will always have opportunities.

Let me know if you have any questions or would like suggestions. I've meandered in so many places throughout this field already, I may be of help.

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xboxer in Tucson, Arizona

7 months ago

One of my friends said nursing is full now too.
I was also reading on this Indeed forum how nurses cant get jobs. You guys have to stop doing what the schools say to do. Use the information on here.

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Anonymous

7 months ago

xboxer in Tucson, Arizona said: One of my friends said nursing is full now too.
I was also reading on this Indeed forum how nurses cant get jobs. You guys have to stop doing what the schools say to do. Use the information on here.

I have heard this is the case in some parts of the country, seems particularly in California (but where is the economy worse, after all?). Where I am (in Central PA) there are MANY nursing jobs available. You also have to go where the demand is high. For example, I would like to go into Geriatrics, probably nursing homes. Hospital jobs for entry-level RNs are more challenging to get.

Point is it's a much more viable career, overall than the psychology field anymore.

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Prodigy in Easton, Pennsylvania

7 months ago

Anonymous said: ......
Although I think I would be THE perfect social worker or therapist, it's just not a realistic career option in today's job market. I'm not going to spend 4 years getting an MSW (part-time while working full-time), somehow complete hundreds of internship hours on top of that, then wait another 2+ years to get licensed, all just to earn 50K/year if I'm lucky. I've also seen the questionable characters of many therapists and psychiatrists (self-worship for some is an understatement), and am quite frankly very disillusioned with the field, but that's a topic for a different forum.

So I'm going an alternate route. I am going back to school PT for an Associate's RN program in nursing, hoping to graduate in about 3 years. Entry-level RNs make more money than MSWs and are often taking what used to be only social worker/psych jobs. It's a great field that will always have opportunities.

Let me know if you have any questions or would like suggestions. I've meandered in so many places throughout this field already, I may be of help.

It's a smart move to switch into nursing but really give it your all because my GF is doing nursing and she's saying that's it's very difficult and competitive as well. Hang in there and keep hope alive!

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Prodigy in Easton, Pennsylvania

7 months ago

Hey Guys. Quick Status update. I enlisted into the Air Force. (Higher rank due to having a Bachelor's degree).
I'm working at a golf course to pay bills for the time being. If you guys have the ability of staying at home, i'd suggest taking any job you can until a better opportunity arises. Look into "loan forbearance" to relieve the stressors of loan payments. I'm going to return to school in the engineering or computer field because Psychology isn't cutting it.

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xboxer in Tucson, Arizona

7 months ago

Anonymous said: I have heard this is the case in some parts of the country, seems particularly in California (but where is the economy worse, after all?). Where I am (in Central PA) there are MANY nursing jobs available. You also have to go where the demand is high. For example, I would like to go into Geriatrics, probably nursing homes. Hospital jobs for entry-level RNs are more challenging to get.

Point is it's a much more viable career, overall than the psychology field anymore.

Viable? I think you should go work in a nursing home for awhile and see if that's what you want to do. Don't just shadow someone, really do the work for twelve hours. Get your feet wet.
My friend's mom did this kind of work. It is very demanding.

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Jury 14 in Hartford, Connecticut

7 months ago

I got a job in HR with my psychology degree. I believe it's how you spin it. Saying you just have the degree with no other skills is definitely not the way. I have both CSS/Photoshop/Publishing related skills, so that's what got me in. Good luck! :)

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ANON in Jersey City, New Jersey

7 months ago

I'm in a pretty bad predicament right now, but I have no one to blame but myself. I actually was in graduate school( occupational therapy program) but flunked out due to poor grades. Like many of you, I have my B.A. in Psychology and I feel like it is a completely useless degree. Being that I was accepted into graduate school prior, I have a fairly high undergraduate GPA( 3.45 overall) and made dean's list several times in my undergraduate career. I am lost right now, for the past 4 to 5 years I was dead set on becoming an occupational therapist, but unfortunately, plans didn't fall through. Any suggestions? I am still in a state of complete denial right of what just happened.

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Claire in Durban, South Africa

7 months ago

I'm in the same situation! I have a B A psychology degree, I'm currently completing required modules for social work part-time and working. I'm broke and miserable! I currently work for a lodge and completely hating it. losing hope :(

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Erin in Hickory, North Carolina

6 months ago

Bill,
I have a B.A. in Psychology and a B.S. in Biology. I also worked for 2 years in a biotech research lab. I am familiar with Photoshop because I used it with my photography, but would need to take a tutorial to refresh. Where could I find biotech marketing company like this? Only in big cities like NY? I live in NC. Any companies you could recommend? Any advice you could give would be great!

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Michelle in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

6 months ago

So it is a gorgeous day today in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and how am I spending it? I'm doing research about what to do with this BA Degree in Psychology. Like many of you, I am finding out that it is pretty much useless unless I want to go back for my Graduate Degree... I'm 27, living at home, really wanting to move out soon but have been doing what I have to because it's been incredibly hard financially. I struggled so much in college and worked really hard to finish the degree, and now I am struggling to find a full-time entry-level job with some kind of insurance. What is wrong with this picture?

I'm in $56,000 worth of debt, wow how that really racked up! Graduate School? I don't think this is a smart option for someone like me. I managed to pull off a 3.0, but I really had a tough time in school, was stressful...

I am looking for a job that specifically will help me with loan re-payment/forgiveness but I am having a hard time figuring out where these jobs are or if they even exist!

I have to work and would like to have health insurance because ironically many things are starting to go wrong with me, probably due to the stress! I can't take it anymore, I just want to pay some of this debt down, live simply, move out of my parents house, and be able to afford rent payments.

Suggestions?

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Michelle in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

6 months ago

Michelle in Milwaukee, Wisconsin said: So it is a gorgeous day today in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and how am I spending it? I'm doing research about what to do with this BA Degree in Psychology. Like many of you, I am finding out that it is pretty much useless unless I want to go back for my Graduate Degree... I'm 27, living at home, really wanting to move out soon but have been doing what I have to because it's been incredibly hard financially. I struggled so much in college and worked really hard to finish the degree, and now I am struggling to find a full-time entry-level job with some kind of insurance. What is wrong with this picture?

I'm in $56,000 worth of debt, wow how that really racked up! Graduate School? I don't think this is a smart option for someone like me. I managed to pull off a 3.0, but I really had a tough time in school, was stressful...

I am looking for a job that specifically will help me with loan re-payment/forgiveness but I am having a hard time figuring out where these jobs are or if they even exist!

I have to work and would like to have health insurance because ironically many things are starting to go wrong with me, probably due to the stress! I can't take it anymore, I just want to pay some of this debt down, live simply, move out of my parents house, and be able to afford rent payments.

Suggestions?

I'm devastated, and I feel hopeless. I am not sure what types of jobs I should be applying for, it seems like I don't meet the requirements and/or don't have a MA/additional experience.

I didn't do a lot of volunteer based work because I was always working and struggling with school!

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teffy in New Jersey

6 months ago

Michelle in Milwaukee, Wisconsin said: I'm devastated, and I feel hopeless. I am not sure what types of jobs I should be applying for, it seems like I don't meet the requirements and/or don't have a MA/additional experience.

I didn't do a lot of volunteer based work because I was always working and struggling with school!

Have you tried applying in a high school as a substitute teacher or something like that? I had a friend who majored in Psychology that did that. As time passed she was able to move into counseling for some students and once she had gained more experience moved on to another place.
Also, how about being a tutor?

Don't despair I am sure something will come along.

:)

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Confusedgirl32 in Maplewood, New Jersey

5 months ago

I'm very disappointed that there isn't anything you can do with a bachelor's in psychology. I have thought about going into the medical field, like occupational therapy or speech therapy, but I'm afraid I won't do well since I was getting Cs in my science classes. I'm afraid I will be kicked out of the occupational therapy or speech therapy programs if I don't maintain a B average. Then what would I do? I also don't think I am RN material, but I have thought about becoming a cytotechnologist, although I keep hearing negative things about that field on indeed.com forums. So what do I do? If I suck at sciences, what direction do I go? I definitely don't want to do an MSW or become a psychologist since it doesn't pay so well for the amount of years you put into it and being an LPC is so low pay and a complete waste of time. I've also thought about becoming a diagnostic medical sonographer, but I hear that it's hard finding a job after graduation from indeed.com forums. A nutritionist is another possibility, but I'm overweight and have a food addiction so I don't think I could go in that direction since no one would take me seriously. I'm 32 years old, married and a housewife. That's where this stupid bachelor's of psychology has led me...a housewife. Sad, isn't it? What should I do? Help!

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Confusedgirl32 in Maplewood, New Jersey

5 months ago

Anon, was occupational therapy school hard? Which school did you go to? Did you go to Kean University? That's where I plan to go if I choose occupational therapy over speech therapy, but I'm afraid the program will be too hard. It looks very hard based on the Kean University website outlying the OT program. Do you have to do a lot of presentations? I'm so shy and I don't think I could handle making presentations in front of classmates. I'm also bad at sciences so it would be embarrassing if my grades fell below a B in science classes. Help! What should I do?

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xboxer in Tucson, Arizona

5 months ago

From what I hear from friends of mine, the "medical field", as you call it, is saturated. People just jump on the bandwagon from years ago, and in the meantime, it's filled up.

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xboxer in Tucson, Arizona

5 months ago

Michelle in Milwaukee, Wisconsin said: So it is a gorgeous day today in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and how am I spending it? I'm doing research about what to do with this BA Degree in Psychology. Like many of you, I am finding out that it is pretty much useless unless I want to go back for my Graduate Degree... I'm 27, living at home, really wanting to move out soon but have been doing what I have to because it's been incredibly hard financially. I struggled so much in college and worked really hard to finish the degree, and now I am struggling to find a full-time entry -level job with some kind of insurance . What is wrong with this picture?

I'm in $56,000 worth of debt, wow how that really racked up! Graduate School? I don't think this is a smart option for someone like me. I managed to pull off a 3.0, but I really had a tough time in school, was stressful...

I am looking for a job that specifically will help me with loan re-payment/forgiveness but I am having a hard time figuring out where these jobs are or if they even exist!

I have to work and would like to have health insurance because ironically many things are starting to go wrong with me, probably due to the stress! I can't take it anymore, I just want to pay some of this debt down, live simply, move out of my parents house, and be able to afford rent payments.

Suggestions?

It really baffles me that people go to school and then get out and try to figure out what to do with their degree.
You're supposed to do that before you go into something.

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Susan in San Jose, California

5 months ago

I understand very well how you feel. I got my degree in psychology thinking that I would want to go to graduate school and become a psychologist. Along the way, a lot of people would ask me "how are you going to make a living with that major?" I was anxious about that, but I figured that intrinsic motivation and reward would make up for the low salary a lot of people were talking about. After all, its about the joy of helping people right? I had regular sinking feelings that I was in for a difficult path with this major, but I ignored it.

Three months before I graduated with my BA, I could not ignore that feeling anymore. I decided to bunk the graduate school in psych idea and worked for a long while as I figured out and prepared for my next steps. I worked as a nanny, group facilitator, an behavioral interventionist, a skills instructor. The most I ever made was about 45k/yr and that was between two jobs and working 50-60 hours a week driving between mutiple locations. No health insurance. Boy was I exhausted. But I lived very frugally and was determined to save up as much as I could for the right graduate school.

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Susan in San Jose, California

5 months ago

While I was working as a group facilitator, I noticed that the people with MA in psychology were not making much more than I was with a BA. A good amount of them even had 100k debt for their MA!! With all that debt and salary said and done, it's like they were making way less than me! I worked with some very talented therapist interns and it just made me mad that they were not compensated what they gave out to the world. Those on the LMFT track not only had debt but then had to work 3000 hours for freakin free to get licensed. One nice talented intern I knew was making 45k starting out AFTER getting licensed. No, not after 2 years of Master's education. AFTER doing 4 years of free hours on top of the 2 years to get her Master's. You got to be kidding me!

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Susan in San Jose, California

5 months ago

I am now in a Master's of Science Program for occupational therapy. The OT field has more job prospects, not as much hoops to jump through, a liveable salary, and still in the helping profession. I thank goodness every single day that I didn't go to grad school in psychology or just remain with a psychology BA. I grew a lot through doing the jobs I did (that required a psychology BA at least), but if I had to do it over again, I would choose my BA very differently. It was so painful to feel like my adulthood was delayed and that I had to work so many hours for so little money.

Sorry for the long 3 part post. I needed to get this out of my system.

My purpose is not to discourage those who truly want to be in the psych field and can tolerate the hoops and instability that seems to come with it. For the talented, compassionate therapists in this field-- thank you, your heart has really made a big difference in many lives. For the rest of us, really think about if you can still be there for your clients while going through issues of job prospects, money, and your own personal issues.

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Confusedgirl32 in Maplewood, New Jersey

5 months ago

Susan, is OT school hard? I'm worried that I won't maintain a B average in science classes and I hear from other occupational therapists that there were some science classes that were super hard, like gross anatomy. I just don't memorize well, so I suck majorly in biology classes. I guess I might have to try a different approach to studying. I've also thought about doing speech therapy online to bypass doing class presentations. I really am very shy. If all else fails, I might try to do cytotechnology, but I don't know why people on indeed.com forums keep saying that's a dying field when the US Bureau of Labor Statistics keeps saying that it is a well paying job with job security and that there are plentiful positions in the field. I just don't know what to do? Susan, are the therapy fields "worth it" in your opinion? Or if I'm a shy person and suck at sciences, I would be better off doing something in the science field like cytotechnology where I wouldn't have to interact too much with people since I'm an introvert? Help! I don't know what to do. I'm also afraid with OT that I will be touching the opposite sex, and a lot of the patients have been hitting on me because they find me attractive. I don't know if I could deal with males grabbing me and stuff like that. I hear it happens often in OT and nursing since you are physically touching and getting very close to the opposite sex. Help! Don't know what to do!

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OTCAL in sacramento, California

5 months ago

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OTCAL in sacramento, California

5 months ago

confusedgirl32, this is susan. I keep trying to reply to your post but indeed forum will not post my response for some reason. Email me at skyocean25@gmail.com if you want to chat more.

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xboxer in Tucson, Arizona

5 months ago

Susan in San Jose, California said: I understand very well how you feel. I got my degree in psychology thinking that I would want to go to graduate school and become a psychologist. Along the way, a lot of people would ask me "how are you going to make a living with that major?" I was anxious about that, but I figured that intrinsic motivation and reward would make up for the low salary a lot of people were talking about. After all, its about the joy of helping people right? I had regular sinking feelings that I was in for a difficult path with this major, but I ignored it.

Three months before I graduated with my BA, I could not ignore that feeling anymore. I decided to bunk the graduate school in psych idea and worked for a long while as I figured out and prepared for my next steps. I worked as a nanny, group facilitator, an behavioral interventionist, a skills instructor. The most I ever made was about 45k/yr and that was between two jobs and working 50-60 hours a week driving between mutiple locations. No health insurance. Boy was I exhausted. But I lived very frugally and was determined to save up as much as I could for the right graduate school.

It's not how I "feel", it's the statistics out there. So you knew the prospects were slim, but continued anyway. The world doesn't really care what we want or want to be. If you read the threads on Indeed, you can get a pretty good picture of what things are like in any field.

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OTCAL in sacramento, California

5 months ago

When I wrote "I feel" I was referring to my gut feeling of it not being the right path for me. That part is subjective, despite whatever statistics. There are plenty of other people who do not mind going through the hurdles and "feel" it is the right path for them.

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OTCAL in sacramento, California

5 months ago

xboxer in Tucson, Arizona said: It really baffles me that people go to school and then get out and try to figure out what to do with their degree.
You're supposed to do that before you go into something.

Yeah, could have would have should have. The point is, people are coming to this forum to try to figure out what to do from here on out. Believe me, they are probably haranguing themselves about this already without comments like yours. It really baffles me that some people like to kick people while they are down, so I guess we all get baffled by stuff :) What's your point?

For the rest of you figuring out what to do, take care of yourselves and look to make the most of what you can build now.

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Confusedgirl32 in Maplewood, New Jersey

5 months ago

Susan, I sent you an email. Hope to hear from you soon! I just don't know where to go from here, and I've been confused for 8 years since graduating in 2006 with this stupid BA in psychology. I've pretty much been a housewife, and it gets rather lonely and boring being alone in the house, even though I do a lot of work in the house. I've gotten comments from other females about what I do all day since I don't have children, and it just sucks because the real reason I'm a housewife is because I can't find a job in psychology that pays decently to live off and provides good benefits. It just sucks majorly feeling so useless like this. I'm not saying being a housewife isn't a job, but really it gets lonely and I feel I am just not using my education and talents at all. I wish I could help my husband with making more income, but there just isn't anything out there besides stupid retail and flipping burgers at burger king. I just don't know what to do! Help!

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Confusedgirl32 in Maplewood, New Jersey

5 months ago

I have hesitated to apply for OT and speech programs because I am scared of making presentations and I am afraid my grades will fall below a B and then I would be kicked out of the programs and face the humiliation of being kicked out by my other classmates. I've thought about just doing something online, since I am now 32, and probably will be older than my classmates. I also would rather bypasss presentations since I am shy. I just don't know what to do. I have researched careers like ultrasound tech, sleep tech, respiratory therapist, and cytotechnologist but everyone on indeed.com says it's hard to find jobs in those fields. Also, I've thought about medical billing and coding and medical transcription, but again, people say it's hard to find work without experience. Ugh! So, that just leaves OT and speech and I just don't have the courage to do those fields because I'm so afraid I will fail at them. Don't know what to do and I've been confused since graduating with my stupid BA in psychology in 2006. It's been a long 8 years of volunteering, some crappy part-time jobs, and now, being a housewife for the past 5 years. Sucks, doesn't it?

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xboxer in Tucson, Arizona

5 months ago

OTCAL in sacramento, California said: Yeah, could have would have should have. The point is, people are coming to this forum to try to figure out what to do from here on out. Believe me, they are probably haranguing themselves about this already without comments like yours. It really baffles me that some people like to kick people while they are down, so I guess we all get baffled by stuff :) What's your point?

For the rest of you figuring out what to do, take care of yourselves and look to make the most of what you can build now.

It's not "kicking people while they are down". You need to know why you made a huge purchase and had no plans. This is like buying a house you can't live in.
If you don't look at this, how are you going to figure things out?

Maybe you want people to be all "nice" and not say the truth, but that doesn't do you any good. If you think when people put the cards on the table, that it's just being hurtful, then you must not be comfortable with what you selected.
Heck, you're in Psychology, you should know that.

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xboxer in Tucson, Arizona

5 months ago

OTCAL in sacramento, California said: When I wrote "I feel" I was referring to my gut feeling of it not being the right path for me. That part is subjective, despite whatever statistics. There are plenty of other people who do not mind going through the hurdles and "feel" it is the right path for them.

The world doesn't care what you feel is the "right path". Either there are jobs or there isn't any.
You have to be more objective than subjective about this. You're focusing on what you want, not what's available and what real options lie out there.

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OTCAL in sacramento, California

5 months ago

xboxer in Tucson, Arizona said: It's not "kicking people while they are down". You need to know why you made a huge purchase and had no plans. This is like buying a house you can't live in.
If you don't look at this, how are you going to figure things out?

Maybe you want people to be all "nice" and not say the truth, but that doesn't do you any good. If you think when people put the cards on the table, that it's just being hurtful, then you must not be comfortable with what you selected.
Heck, you're in Psychology, you should know that.

Haha I absolutely agree that people need to learn from their past decisions. Hence why I pointed out that people are coming to this forum to figure that out. You missed the point.

And yes, the way people put their cards on the table can be either be in a hurtful/condescending or gracious and respectful. I mean, if what that poster was asking for was suggestions on what to do, I do not know what purpose your comments served at all besides making you feel superior and potentially adding to their anxiety. Get real.

Furthermore, I was just sharing an experience with others on this forum. I have no idea why you are choosing to critique what words I should be writing or what I should have done. Or pointing out something I have already written about learning and realizing.

Anyway, this is the last thing I am going to say about this. I still stand by exactly what I wrote in my original posts. But thank you so much for your unsolicited opinion. You must be a buzzkill at parties.

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ray in Northridge, California

5 months ago

Confusedgirl32 in Maplewood, New Jersey said: I have hesitated to apply for OT and speech programs because I am scared of making presentations and I am afraid my grades will fall below a B and then I would be kicked out of the programs and face the humiliation of being kicked out by my other classmates. I've thought about just doing something online, since I am now 32, and probably will be older than my classmates. I also would rather bypasss presentations since I am shy. I just don't know what to do. I have researched careers like ultrasound tech, sleep tech, respiratory therapist, and cytotechnologist but everyone on indeed.com says it's hard to find jobs in those fields. Also, I've thought about medical billing and coding and medical transcription, but again, people say it's hard to find work without experience. Ugh! So, that just leaves OT and speech and I just don't have the courage to do those fields because I'm so afraid I will fail at them. Don't know what to do and I've been confused since graduating with my stupid BA in psychology in 2006. It's been a long 8 years of volunteering, some crappy part-time jobs, and now, being a housewife for the past 5 years. Sucks, doesn't it?

Avoid the ultrasound field as much as possible (seriously). Saturated field & no jobs what so-ever. Best of luck

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Confusedgirl32 in Maplewood, New Jersey

5 months ago

Thanks, Ray. I wonder, what should I go into if not ultrasound and cytotechnologist? Is it only just nursing, OT, speech, and physical therapy if you aren't going to be a doctor? I sometimes wish I had gotten extra help in undergrad and just went to medical school to get my science grades up, but I guess I had some personal issues. Wish I could go back in time and get straight As in my science classes for medical school. Then, I would not be in this predicament, but I'm too old for medical school now. What about pharmacy or optometry? I know it will take a long time to finish those programs, but there aren't many options to choose from. Ugh! This is so hard!

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xboxer in Tucson, Arizona

5 months ago

OTCAL in sacramento, California said: Haha I absolutely agree that people need to learn from their past decisions. Hence why I pointed out that people are coming to this forum to figure that out. You missed the point.

And yes, the way people put their cards on the table can be either be in a hurtful/condescending or gracious and respectful. I mean, if what that poster was asking for was suggestions on what to do, I do not know what purpose your comments served at all besides making you feel superior and potentially adding to their anxiety. Get real.

Furthermore, I was just sharing an experience with others on this forum. I have no idea why you are choosing to critique what words I should be writing or what I should have done. Or pointing out something I have already written about learning and realizing.

Anyway, this is the last thing I am going to say about this. I still stand by exactly what I wrote in my original posts. But thank you so much for your unsolicited opinion. You must be a buzzkill at parties.

This is an open forum, so people comment...what is of concern is that others see these posts and can learn from them.
If you already know what is wrong, and you don't want comments made on it, then a forum is not the best place. People give opinions and comments, and sometimes, there is a flair for the obvious. I don't walk on egg shells.
There is a big difference between wondering why someone did something and someone being a jerk to them about it. I am being factual and have not insulted. No ad hominems, just facts and observances.
I just wonder why, in this present day and age of lack of jobs and opportunities, anyone would spend thousands of dollars, time, and effort at a university, and not know the job market for said field.
If you think the job opportunities are slim to none in this field, why are you contemplating a graduate degree in it, especially since you have not been able to get work experience in it?

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Melissa in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

5 months ago

Confusedgirl32 in Maplewood, New Jersey said: Thanks, Ray. I wonder, what should I go into if not ultrasound and cytotechnologist? Is it only just nursing, OT, speech, and physical therapy if you aren't going to be a doctor? I sometimes wish I had gotten extra help in undergrad and just went to medical school to get my science grades up, but I guess I had some personal issues. Wish I could go back in time and get straight As in my science classes for medical school. Then, I would not be in this predicament, but I'm too old for medical school now. What about pharmacy or optometry? I know it will take a long time to finish those programs, but there aren't many options to choose from. Ugh! This is so hard!

Have you thought about becoming a Physician's Assistant? You'd make good money (~80k) and all it requires is a Master's instead of the whole medical school track. You'd be doing very similar work as an MD but you still have to get the "OK" from MDs/DOs.

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confusedgirl32 in Maplewood, New Jersey

5 months ago

Melissa, don't you have to have really good prerequisite grades to get into PA school? Organic chemistry was so hard for me, which is why I didn't make it to a medical school. I heard you have to have a really high gpa for entrance into physician's assistant programs, and many people have really high gpas and could very well get into medical school, but didn't want to go through all the schooling. I also wonder, do physician's assistants work irregular hours? I am planning to have a baby soon, so that would be very important to work regular hours. I also had personal issues so my bio and chem grades are pretty bad (mostly Cs). I don't think that would be good enough for physician's assistant master's programs. I am thinking that really the only flexible career for women are the therapy fields like OT, speech, and PT, though I don't want to do PT because it's very physically demanding. I do regret that I didn't go to medical school and get straight As, but I don't think I could afford to go into debt to take prerequisite classes for PA school to get my grades up. Plus, I think PAs do work long hours and stand on their feet a lot, which I would have done if I went to medical school, but I think my priorities have changed at 32. I don't know. Maybe I'm just scared of failing because I did struggle in sciences, but if I reapplied myself, who knows? Maybe I could do well. I guess I just worry about getting into debt since I was lucky I have zero debt for undergrad. I also have self-esteem issues which is making me so hesitant to go into a medical field and make a decision. Ugh! Don't know what to do!

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