[quote]Diddy Ryder wrote:
So, I’ve been living my life in 4 or 5 year increments for awhile now. 4 years of high school, 4 of college, 5 in the army. I’ll be getting out at the end of 2014, and I’m starting to realize that I need to reevaluate my options and get something sorted out, time now.
My major is worthless (English, emphasis on Creative Writing), and so I’m considering going back to school and getting a degree in something useful (engineering of some sort). I will be 28 when I leave the army.
I’m not interested in struggling through with low-paying jobs anymore. I want to live comfortably and raise a family.
Has anyone gone back to rebuild, as I intend to do? I’m worried about it, naturally, as I don’t want to waste any more money on education I can’t easily use, and I feel that I might be too old. [/quote]
I have a worthless degree too, but I got a degree. Unless you are far from getting it, I would stay the course and then if you really want to retool, do it with a masters. If you going to be in school for 6 years, it’s better to have a master’s for the effort than a BA or BS.
I realized I didn’t much like psychology much after all by year 3, but I was damned if I were going to add another year or two, for a Bachelors.
How close are you to getting your degree? If less than 2 years, I wouldn’t change. The degree is more valuable than what the degree is in.
That’s my $.02.
So I have 2 questions, how close are you to getting your degree?
What is you job in the army?
I have my degree in English. I graduated in 09 right before enlisting.
In the army I work as a crypto-linguist.
and my language focus is Arabic.
Have you thought about translation and interpreting? Arab <> English is one of the rarer, and therefore better paid, language pairs, and your writing skills should make you a good translator.
I’m afraid I don’t know the good schools in the USA but there are plenty of Masters you could look in to in Europe.
Do you have any other languages?
Edit: this is the website of your national association http://www.atanet.org/[/quote]
No, I’m afraid I don’t have any other languages. I know a bit of Pashto, but not enough to be useful.
I appreciate the resource.