Bring on the wine! .. Writing to figure things out
Monday, December 16, 2013
Heads up: I'm 100% tipsy right now, so not sure if this will make sense, but, it is more for my own sake of mind than what others think, so...
a) I'm hungry. I shouldn't be (or maybe I should?). I want to eat, but I know I shouldn't (or should I?)
b) I didn't get that job "promotion". I'm not disappointed I didn't get it (it would be a pay cut, even with the 5% raise, it would still not be enough to counteract the shift diff of switching from 2nd to 1st shift), I'm more disappointed that they didn't view me as the best candidate (or perhaps politics got in the way - very likely)
c) The future. It's totally on my mind right now. Do I see my self doing the job I'm in in 5 years? Hell no. I'm too smart of this. Yes, I'm being challenged enough, yes, I enjoy my job, BUT, I SHOULD be making more. Like I said, I'm too smart for this. So I've been thinking about going back to school. Yeah, I've only been out of school for one year. Yes, I love my job. But this job isn't a career, it's a stepping stone. So I've been looking at online masters programs, that's the problem, actually. The online part. I've been doing research and the best program is a masters of science in epidemiology and biostatistics. This isn't offered online (that I can' find!). There is plenty of great programs that offer a masters of epidemiology, but I think combining that with biostat (and making it a MS instead of an M) is a great option for me. It makes me more versatile and well rounded, and I loved stats. But what I can see, it isn't offered online anywhere. It isn't like I can move, sell my townhouse, quit my job, etc. It needs to be online, but to better my future in the long run? That means dropping everything. I don't know. Or I could just do the masters of epidemiology online. It'll be useful, but in the long run? I don't know. I found one program that offers an online epidemiology program that requires field experience - they offer international field experience, 100% up my ally! I really want to go to Europe again and that is the perfect opportunity for me. If I got the job, international wouldn't be an option for me, but it is right now. I don't know. I'm going to talk to my manager about it at the yearly review within the next 2 weeks.