Sunday, January 18, 2009

Ponderings of an Education

That title doesn't make perfect sense, but I'm trying to keep some continuity with titles that follow the "Noun-Preposition-Indefinite Article-Noun" pattern. I don't really want to post this week, but since I must, I'll pose the question that's been on my mind lately: "Where do I go from here?"

Before you post a comment quoting Sartre or Camus, let me give some background. I just graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Literary Studies, and what I really want to do in life is translate. I love languages, I love learning new languages, and I love the connection between the twice-aforementioned languages. My dream job is to work from home translating fiction from one language to another and to get paid for it.

However, my career is in another dimension. Right now I work on conceptualizing and implementing processes that make warehouse logistics flow more smoothly and consume less of the company's money. Project management in logistics is a lucrative career - let's just say that for a twenty-three-year-old, my bank account doesn't show in red numbers when I check it online. (If you change Internet settings from color #FF0000 to #000000, it won't appear red anyway, but that's a bit cheap, isn't it?)

This brings me to my dilemma du jour - do I obtain a Masters in languages (my passion) or logistics project management (which keeps the cats fed)? If I get the languages degree, I would have decently steady work and a decent paycheck, but I will be super-ultra-mega-happy. With the LPM degree, I would come home from work complaining each day, but I would be able to wipe my tears away with numerous unmarked bills.

My solution for the time being? WAIT.

*ahem* I do not mean that you have to wait to hear my solution - waiting is the solution. I'm going to get my GRE (which lasts for a stupid amount of time) and wait to see how I feel in a year or two. My brain is already fried from obtaining a degree, the knowledge of which I feel I have already lost and need to keep a blog every two weeks in order to keep my skills from curdling. Best not to decide with that brain at this moment.

If you have the answer, please let me know. But make sure it's the right one - I don't want Blogspot kicking me off for using too many expletives in your general direction.

Quote of the week: "The first time I set eyes on Mary Swanson, I just got that old-fashioned romantic feeling where I'd do anything to bone her." -Lloyd Christmas, Dumb and Dumber

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