Disclaimer: This is yet another 'What's Manaic's next move?' thread. Proceed at your own risk! I had a job offer on hold due to the pandemic, but will finally begin in 2 weeks! This will be the first time in several years that I work as an employee as opposed to a freelancer, and it comes with good pay and a gorgeous benefits package I never thought I'd have. This means, however, that my plan to become an SLP has to be put on hold, as the opportunity cost would be too great (a good problem to have!). I need to take this job I have before me and run with it for as much and as long as I can. One of the benefits I will receive, after a year of employment, is tuition reimbursement!!! To the tune of $2k per year, to be precise. For that reason, I am currently plotting out the long, slow game of getting a graduate degree. The more calendar years I can drag my studies into, the more tuition reimbursement I can use towards it. Some obvious personal caveats: 1) There's no telling how long I will remain at this job. 2) If it takes me longer to complete a degree, I might miss out on an opportunity that would have required me to have the degree done earlier. I have accounted for these possibilities in my plan. In either case, I will attempt to milk my benefits for all they are worth and for as long as I can. My current considerations are: 1) MBA from Georgia Southwestern. If I finish it in 3 academic years (but spread my credits into four calendar years), I can get this degree at no cost to myself. 2) MA in Applied Linguistics from either Hellenic American University or UMass. The HAU degree costs about half that of UMass, but doesn't have the same name recognition. How much is that recognition worth to me? I'm a cheapo, so I'm leaning towards HAU, but my mind might change when I have more discretionary funds in savings. 3) After 1 and/or 2, a Ph.D in... something. Less of a career move than a personal accomplishment, but who knows where it could lead? This is where the long and the slow really come into play. I don't know how long I can drag out doctoral studies, but the longer the better for both my mental and financial health. As usual, everything is up in the air and subject to change. For now, I'm still stuck at the drawing board, but with more options to ponder.