I am in need of a bit of advice.
I have just started a degree in psychology ( Open University ) as I want to have a career change from my current job which is IT. ( I am a first line support analysis nothing technical or fancy )
my issue is that doing a degree in psychology is taking a lot of my free time up ( 30ish hours a week writing essays etc etc and working full time )
my plan for this year is to clear my debt ( 7k ) and save up 10k plus for a deposit on a mortgage.
my current salary does not support this as it would need to be either saving for the mortgage or clearing my debt.
I went for a weekend job that I did end up getting offered but my current place has declined it as it would mean me working 7 days a week and would inflict on my current mon-fri role
they have advised me to focus on taking all the IT exams I can so once my review is up ( 6 monthsish ) so I can basically ask for more money as I will have more skills and qualifications
I am not interested in taking any exams as I'm trying to focus on psychology and only plan on staying here for 2 years then moving onto something to support my psychology degree but this could be a good way to earn more money, pay off debt not have to work weekends while juggling a degree!
any advice would be great!
what's your plan for psychology?
sounds like it's gotta be about your priorities... you can aim for more money short term in a career you don't want (by focusing on IT) or aim for more money long term in a career you do want.
We can't make that choice for you.It also depends on age. I'm 27 and now not ok with a job which doesn't allow me to save as I wanna look towards the future... at 22 I would have been happy with not being in debt if I was going in the right direction.
(Original post by Buxey)
you're absolutely right, its a long bloody road but I road I hope worth travelling down!
but isnt that one hell of a gamble. year after year, exam after exam, degree after degree, throwing tens of thousands at it. then doing low paid jobs all in the hope you get a job that was never guaranteed or perhaps even exists
Last edited by SJW-; 3 weeks ago
why not become a software engineer?
starting salary 25k - 30k
6+ yrs experience: 40k-50k
architect/management level 60k-80k
or go to london and do the 400/day contracting jobs
that's more than you'd earn as a psychologist