I'm meeting with my advisor for the first time on Tuesday and one of the things I need to discuss with her is whether or not I plan on per suing my degree full time or part time next year. So in an effort to better organize my thoughts on it I've decided to create pro/con type lists...
Can work full-time while going to school
Less financial burden at any given time
Potentially less stressful if I remain in my current job where I do not have take home work
It will take me over 2 years to complete the degree
I might lose some of my motivation
Could postpone career opportunities
Can focus fully on my classes
Can potentially work a part-time job
Could finish in as little as a year and a half (I think.)
More money up front
Would have to stop working full time
Might burn out on school
All in all my lists seem relatively even. Perhaps I should just view it as if I get my dream job for next year I will go part-time. If I get laid off due to staff reductions I will go full-time. I'm unsure where I stand if I'd just be keeping this same low-paying job. I like what I do but I'm not sure it's furthering my career in anyway.
Any ideas? Thoughts? I'd love your opinions!