The Long, Slow Game

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Maniac Craniac, Aug 7, 2020.

  1. Dustin

    Dustin Well-Known Member

    I work closely with PM's and know a few in other careers. PMPs routinely command six-figure salaries, so if you decide to go that route you'd be in for some decent compensation, depending on where you live.
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  2. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    Those who have followed the other thread will know that I've, once again, completely changed gears and will be pursuing the Hellenic American University MBA.

    Interesting how these things work out sometimes. I considered an MBA. I condered Hellenic American University. But I never considered an MBA from Hellenic American University. Go figure!

    I'm excited.

    I like the "Operational Excellence" Grad Cert / Concentration. It's meant to prep students for the PMP credential, and IMO the name just sounds cool.

    Although I've changed my mind a thousand times on whether or not I wanted an MBA, one thing I always appreciated was the wide variety of subjects covered in an MBA curriculum. Who knows, I might just take a course that will foster within me the desire to study further and specialize in something new.

    In any case, scoring an MBA would really go a long way in making me more well rounded. I've learned a lot of things about a lot of things, but I can't say that I have more than a basic understanding of how the business world works. Time to plaster up that MBA-sized hole in my rickety old brain!
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  3. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    I guess this thread is just going to devolve into a Maniac Craniac stream of consciousness. Which is fine, really. I don't expect anyone to care enough to actually follow all this, I just enjoy writing about it and putting it out there.

    I haven't even started my first class and I'm already mulling over what I want my next degree to be. I could spend the rest of my life trying to figure out what I want to do and never actually do anything. Somehow, that doesn't even bother me :emoji_blush:

    Anyway, I'd love to have the MA in Applied Linguistics. I feel like the MBA is the more practical degree, but the MA is more a labor of love. I'm also considering an M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction. Clearly, I have an obsession with education, so why not also get a degree in education? :emoji_nerd:

    I gotta say, I also appreciate how cool it looks to see both MBA and M.Ed together. I can't put my finger on why, it just does.

    Maniac Craniac, MBA, M.Ed


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  4. Dustin

    Dustin Well-Known Member

    RE: the post-nominals, as soon as I had accepted my Master's invites I opened an old cover letter and changed the signature to be John Doe, MS, MBA just to see what it would look like.

    I think it's the DI version of writing your crush's name in your notebook in junior high.

    It sounds like Applied Linguistics is for personal knowledge and an appreciation of the field. Is the Curriculum and Instruction MEd for the same reason, because you love learning and you want to learn how to teach better, or do you have career ambitions that would use it?
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  5. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    Both. I do private tutoring as a side gig and I've tossed around the idea of being an educational consultant and/or adult CE course developer. I can do all these things without an M.Ed, but the interest is certainly there.

    Of course, my list of interests themselves could be a 3-page thread that leads to nowhere, just like this one.
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  6. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    I might be able to finish my MBA by the end of 2022. Despite going at it the slow way, it feels like it's just around the corner. With employer tuition reimbursement starting in September, I can't help but to think about what my next degree or certificate will be. Nor can I help wallowing in indecisiveness.

    Same old Maniac Craniac.
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  7. MiracleWhipz

    MiracleWhipz New Member

    Not to sound creepy but every time that I have seen responses from you to people you have always seemed so kind, helpful and genuine. Whether this is what you hope to hear or not I hope that you refocus on linguistics at some point as that is clearly what you're passionate about, it is a common thread in all of these posts. I don't think you'll reach degree peace until you get that. Just my thoughts.
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  8. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    Aw, thanks! But I can tell you, I've had more than my fair share of unhelpful and unthoughtful posts that I'm embarrassed and regretful about. Hopefully, I've been able to show more maturity over the years.

    The thing with Linguistics is that I have to really stretch my imagination to see a situation where it would make a difference in my career or in my life. Since I already have so many language thingy-things on my resume, I think I might be better served working on becoming more well rounded.

    Then again, ironically, if I switched careers, then maybe having a linguistics degree WOULD make me more well rounded for my next career. :D
  9. MiracleWhipz

    MiracleWhipz New Member

    I don't see how linguistics wouldn't be helpful in any capacity it's the study of language, without language...well you know. I won't give the language is important speech to someone who clearly loves it. One of the things I think I have learned most in my educational career (for lack of a better word) is that education should support you in what is important to you, after all if you get a PhD one day you are seen as an expert in that field, who wants to be an expert in something they don't really care about? I've also found that experience has more to do with employability than education. I work for the government, started with no degree and have beaten out people with degrees for years because of my experience. get an education in what you love and the rest will follow. Passion and hard work will always beat out check boxes and trying to fit in a mold because you think it's what people want...also I'll be changing my forum name to Dr.Philwhipz lmao this whole response was cheesy but true.
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  10. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    Any opinions on a master's in communication?

    Back in high school, some of my teachers told us that communication was considered a fluff major that led to no job prospects. That notion has always stuck with me, even though I hadn't done any further investigation of it since. However, recently I've been reading some articles that suggest that those teachers were either wrong or exaggerating.

    Given my current career as a language professional, my goal of doing more profesional writing and my desire to be generally more marketable in case I one day need to change careers, does communication seem like a good fit for me?

    Or, is it still just fluff?
  11. Dustin

    Dustin Well-Known Member

    I admit to having the same gut feeling, but having actually worked with some PR people who have Comms degrees I think that Communications is really a blend of applied psychology, strong writing skills and statistics - to be able to craft messages that are effective and evaluate them to adjust. It's more involved than it appears at the outset. I don't know how a Masters differs from the Bachelor's though.
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  12. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    Aaaaaaaaand this week, I've been thinking about doing an MPA, either after or instead of finishing an MBA.

    It just doesn't end, folks.
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  13. Dustin

    Dustin Well-Known Member

    In a similar vein, I'm still jumping back and forth between a PhD in Public Policy or Data Science/AI/ML, and I've considered doing the PhD but picking up the MPP on the side from somewhere like APUS. What do you see on the "other side" of the MPA, what skills are you hoping to gain or things to learn?
  14. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Even if your goal is to work in public policy, I wonder whether you'd need a degree in it to open doors once you had a PhD in a technical subject like that.
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