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Old 03-30-2011, 06:55 AM
 
Location: Baton Rouge
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Hey everyone!

I'm in a bit of a pickle and I would love to hear y'alls advice-whether its common sense or just from experience.

I am a junior/senior Child and Family Studies major at LSU and I will be graduating this December!

I have been going mad researching various graduate schools and trying to decide what it is I really want to do after undergrad graduation.

I don't necessarily want to teach (right after graduate school) but I am interested in Curriculum & Instruction and Educational Leadership (professions outside of the class room, but involving education).

I had all my hopes on going to graduate school in Texas until i realized 2 things.

1. Many of the programs I am interested in are online.
2. The programs that are campus based offer night classes bc most graduate students are professionals.

The realization of these 2 facts led to one conclusion. I'm gonna have to be working a professional job if I go to graduate school.

For whatever reason, I thought that I'd be taking classes during working hours like I do now in order to get a job later...Nope. That doesn't seem to be the case.

This wouldn't be a problem for me if I were to stay in Louisiana b/c I already have a job secured with my internship.

But if I go to Texas, I'm just gonna be arriving jobless just to go to school.

Should I be looking for jobs as I am researching grad schools too? I plan to start graduate school in January of 2012. I feel like it's still really early to be looking for a job if I don't even know what graduate schools I will be applying to.
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Old 03-30-2011, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Baton Rouge
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Have you looked into being a TA or some sort of assistant to a professor ? I was able to get my tuition and enough to live frugally doing that.
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Old 03-30-2011, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Baton Rouge
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I haven't actually. I will definitely look into that. Thanks!
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Old 04-02-2011, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Louisiana
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I was in the same spot as you a year ago. You want to look for your grad school first, and the job can come after depending on where your grad school is. Belive me, if you get the job first, you will be anchored to w/e you get that job, and that's a less than ideal situation. I wish you well.

TA option works too.
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Old 04-03-2011, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Baton Rouge
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Thanks!!
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