Expectations and Risks

Hey there!

Welcome to my blog and more importantly to my VERY FIRST blog post here. Thank you so much for stopping by! Originally I thought that my first post would be a fun one with cute pictures or something along those lines but truthfully, that’s not what has been on my mind for the last 24 hours. I think it’s important to write from the heart, so this post is going to do that and unload some of the worry, anticipation, and possible excitement that I have felt in the last day.

Since 10th grade I’ve had this idea of how my life is going to go to achieve my dream career. I’ve made goals and plans and I have reached them up to this point. I feel incredibly lucky at how my high school and college years went and proud of the hard work I’ve put in to get me to where I am today. I have a steady, full-time job in a field where there are plenty of options and jobs no matter the locale. However, I have always wanted to work in a very niche position and while I’ve made moves to progress to that specific career, unfortunately nothing has panned out thus far.

In my mind, I always figured I would get a job in that field and then continue for my master’s through an online program but it’s not panning out how I anticipated. Now, while trying to stay optimistic, I’m looking for people who went different routes. I want to know what they did and what they recommend doing to further me down my chosen path. What came up in conversation yesterday is NOTHING that I expected. The route described to me would require me to leave my full-time job to become a full-time student again AND uproot my life to move to Colorado AND take on ~40K in additional student loans. Yikes!

My friend raved about the program and the hands on experience she received and she came out earning quite a bit more money than me with offers to work in a variety of cities in the US. Talk about g o a l s. So that brings to me to the question I’ve been asking myself as I research and weigh the pros and cons: is the risk of uprooting my life and leaving stability worth the reward of potentially getting my DREAM job with the option to move to a city and maybe get a raise? On the other hand is the risk too great in giving up my job, spending a boatload of money, moving to another state and then not getting a job offer in the field anyway? This wasn’t my plan BUT it could be the path that takes me to the next level. I plan to weigh all my options, pros and cons, and do a LOT of research.

In the meantime, I’d love to know what YOU would do if you were in my situation: Would you take the risk or wait and see what comes around?

Talk to you soon!

Ashley

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