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I don't know if I should quit my job.

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

I'm having such a huge dilemma... I'm almost done with with my BA, and my GPA is only a 3.09. I feel so overwhelmed with the fact that I don't think that will be enough to enter a Psy.D. program, or even a MA program. I have no experience in psychology, have taken part in any research studies, have not so much as even joined a club while I've been at the university, all because I haven't been able to because of my job. Granted it's not all my job's fault, I also live 1 hour away from the university. It's also my fault, because I've been depressed and fatigued to the point where I can't even think. But I think if I had more time to study, I can hopefully bring that 3.09 up. If I had less stress, I can stress over school instead of not caring because all my stress is focused on a crappy job.

I want to quit my job, so badly. I work as a pharmacy technician at a major chain, and the more I work there the more I can't stand it. The more scripts we fill, the more customers we attract to this chain, the more flu shots we do... The company just wants even *more*. And I'm wondering... $9 an hour worth my sanity? It has nothing to do with what I'm studying in school. But I don't know how I can make up for not making any income. My husband works and pays most of the bills, but without my income we can't do small things we enjoy, or buy food we prefer, or travel to visit our family.

I just want to be a college student. I want to take part in research, I want to join a club, I want to DO stuff related to my field. I want to have a steady schedule... and not live my life around when my shift is going to be.

I just don't know what to do. I really don't know.
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REALITYCHECK86 1/10/2013 5:10AM

    Tough question! I had to work through school for most of the time I was there. At one point I had to leave a job because they refused to work around my school schedule at all. My poor fiance (now husband) had to work 3 jobs to support us while I wasn't working. Luckily I was only unemployed for about 4-5 months or so, but it was still tough, we had no one to help us out at all!

If your husband can afford the necessity's without your income, then maybe you could leave and focus on school for now. That would be better in the long run if you didn't have to double up on the stress. The only other way is to take out loans to cover whatever monies you need to supplement while in school, but I would leave loans as a worst case scenario option. They follow you around those darn school loans. But that's what they are there for.

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RUNNERRACHEL 1/10/2013 3:22AM

    I agree that perhaps giving up those things that your job gives you is worth it for now because the long Focusing on school would be more beneficial

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ASHESS85 1/9/2013 1:38PM

    I agree with Mary, a part time position will help you have more time and help you gain experience in the field. I started out very low at a nursing home doing recreational therapy. It got my foot in the door, and I think thats what you need. Good luck!

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MARYONAMISSION 1/9/2013 1:29PM

    Can you look for a part-time entry level job related to your field? It's a good way to get your foot in the door. Or what about a work study program at your University? Also many intern position are paid so you could look for one for your field too. Plus all of these options would probably work around your school schedule more and allow you to be part of studies and such.
I definitely know how you feel though. I had to work my way through college and it was tough. Eventually I found a job working only 2 days a week and that helped out a lot although I was mostly broke and lived off ramen and pb&j sandwiches, lol.
I agree, talk to your husband and weigh the pros and cons. Just remember this is your future you are talking about and it can have a huge impact on how much money you make in the future.
Good luck!

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CAKEMAKERMOM 1/9/2013 12:15PM

    Talk to your husband and see what he thinks. Perhaps he would be willing to tighten his financial belt to allow you to finish school, knowing that when you graduate, you'll be able to find a better, higher paying job and be able to do those fun things again.

Write down the bills and income and see if it feasible. It's easier to figure things out if it's written down.

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CELESTE2013 1/9/2013 11:58AM

    I am so sorry about being so stressed out because of you job. In the past, I was the same way. I worked for a call center who didn't care at all for their employees, and every day, you'd go into the woman's bathroom and someone would be in there crying.

Is there any way that maybe you could go down to part time? That way you still get some income, but could use the additional free time to do more things related to your schooling?

*hugs!* I hope things get easier for you.

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