Time for a possible career change
Saturday, July 23, 2016
As some of you may know, I am a social worker.
When I first graduated college I was able to do a ton with my degree. Sadly, things have greatly changed in the last 17 years. I am now not able to do as much.
In a nutshell,l I will be stuck in my current position and won't be able to advance. I run groups that teach the mentally ill coping skills. Pretty much the skills that we take for granted. My department is always over looked.
This is especially true these last couple of months when my department was over looked for a rather nice bonus.
This has angered me.
I am now faced with a decision. I can 1. continue in my current position and just deal with it, 2. return to school for my Masters in Social work, 3. look for another job in the same field or 4. look for another career path.
Here is my thinking:
1. I can stay in this position for awhile but there will be changes in Medicaid billing and my agency will be paid a lower rate when I run groups. Depending on how much lower, I'm not sure the company will be happy with this and worry they will decide to lay me off. This is speculation at this point.
2. If I return for my Masters I will add on at least $25,000 in debt for only the possibility on a minor increase in salary. I haven't even paid off Michigan State for my BA yet.
3. I know that if I get another job I might be in the same boat just a little ways down the road.
4. I am looking in to changing careers. I am tired of living pay check to pay check with little hopes of having more income. I am looking into becoming a diagnostic medical sonographer. I researched this and the median salary was $68,000! I will never see that in Social work. I can get an Associates and then work on my Bachelor's degree. This degree would enable me to run my own department after a couple of years. I believe the local community college has this program and I am going to look into if they have the Bachelor's degree since there is a partnership with the local colleges.
So any advice or pearls of wisdom would be greatly appreciated.