Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Northern Indiana
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Re: Way O/T Is 35 too old to start 2nd career?
I thought PHD was Painting Houses and Decorating!
My wife (Annie) was an elementary school art teacher until she had our daughter 3 years ago. Since then she has kept several part time positions to be able to be home with our daughter at least part of the day. She currently teaches elementary art 3 half days a week, teaches art classes every Saturday at the South Bend Regional Museum of Art, teaches art out of our home for home-schooled children (one day a week), and co-teaches a class at Saint Mary's College on Tuesday evenings. She does not really like the 3 day a week elementary art teacher gig, but really enjoys the Saint Mary's job. Her boss at the college told her that there is more work for her if she would only get her master's degree (in education). Then she could teach a class on her own which means she would not have to split the money. (She already does most of the work, but needs the other teacher because he has a master's degree!) She would like to stay part time, but figures at Saint Mary's she could put in the same amout of hours per week as she does now, and get more money, better benefits, and possibly a college education for our daughter. I am fine with that!
I also am fine with her having a better job than me, as she always has. I do feel a little inferior around her, but that only because she is so great. I am used to it by now.
I don't dread going to work in the morning. I just am not sure that this is what I want to be when I grow up. In addition to somewhat low pay, my job also has no 401K and cruddy insurance. However, I do get 3 weeks of vacation a year (and that rolls over if I don't use it all), a very flexible schedule, friendly environment, and it is not very physically demanding. I seldom travel and, I hardly ever work weekends.