~Anyway, for the past month or so I've been sort of unsure of my graduate program choice but since I'm pretty close to having completed all the coursework, I just figured that I'm stuck and I'll finish the degree and then see what comes my way.
~Lately, I've been considering maybe switching to the School Counseling program instead of the Mental Health Counseling program that I am currently enrolled in. There are numerous benefits, but still the decision is not an easy one for me to make.
~Benefits include summers OFF (of course) once I'm in the workplace. Also, the internship for the School Counseling program is 300 hours shorter. Hooray! That basically means finishing one semester sooner. Double Hooray!! I did notice however, that there are 2 School Counseling specific courses that I would need to take. From what I've seen on-line, that looks like the only difference between the programs.
~I've just sent an email to my advisor to get further clarification on whether this is even a possibility. There are also School Counselor students in my courses right now, so I will be drilling them with questions come Monday & Tuesday.
~My main motivation right now for this change is the work schedule. With having a little one, it's really important to me to spend as much time as possible with him as I can and having Summers off, is HUGE!! That would be awesome. Also, I'd get out early enough in the day to go to his sports events when he gets bigger...or whatever activities he becomes involved in. My mom worked the typical 8am-5pm job back before there was flextime and I was always so bummed out that she could rarely make it to any of my softball games. I don't want to be in that situation when E is bigger. I want to be @ his games to cheer him on and support him!!
~As for compensation, they would both pay approximately in the same (crappy) salary range, so that's pretty much a moot point.
~What would you do?