23 Jun, 2021 02:24 PM

Should I listen to my mom and finish school?

I will be done with my associate degree in may. And she wants me to go and get my batchalors degree. I am going to school to be a teacher. Thing is that I am already a daycare teacher. And I dont really want to teacher older children. And plus I should be getting married next summer and be moving so I would not even finish this degree. So i dont know what to do

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23 Jun, 2021 02:25 PM

There are several things to consider.

One being if Mom is paying for it, this is your only opportunity to get a free education.

You never know when the criteria for being a daycare teacher will change.  You would be a more likely candidate for advances and salary increases with your bachelors degree, even in your chosen profession.

Go ahead and take classes until you move.  The credits won't hurt you and you can reevaluate your situation after you move.

23 Jun, 2021 02:25 PM

Yes, finish school.

I know that isn't the answer you want to hear, but the thing is, as years go by you'll wish more and more that you'd gotten your B.A.

BA's give you a lot more options for jobs than Associate's degrees do.  Most people change jobs and even careers a lot in their lifetime.  It doesn't matter as much what you study, as it does just having any BA, because sooooooo many jobs will screen you out just because you don't have one.

If you don't finish college now, it will get much more complicated to go back and get it later.  Later you'll almost certainly be working... so that would mean night school on top of it (and fewer choices of classes)... and what if you become a parent?

Finishing college now is by far the easiest way.

23 Jun, 2021 02:25 PM

Listen to your mom!

I used to be a daycare teacher with BS Degree. May salary was $8.5 /hr. That was about 10 years ago, so probably now daycare teachers make no more than 12$.

Also, I was postponing to get Masters Degree, and I never got it, because I got married, had to save money for the house, then had 2 children, and basicallyhad no time to study. 

Listen to your mom! With the Bachelors you'll earn more money in your life, also it is much easier to study while you are young!

23 Jun, 2021 02:26 PM

If u plan to make a steady income, getting at least a bachelor's is a must. An associate's degree will not do much for you in today's world. At the very least , get a bachelor's degree through some online college. Marriage, etc. are all fine, but they should not be at the expense of your career. Tell your soon-to-be that it's going to have to wait if u must. In any case don't make a hasty decision that you'll regret sooner or later.

Plus, when u have a family you're gonna have a hell of a time getting that next degree. My mom still tells me (laughing) of how much of a pain I was when she was getting her degree.

U should do this rather than later.

23 Jun, 2021 02:26 PM

It would be a good idea to finish your degree.  You never know what the future holds for you.  Having your teaching certificate could make an enormous difference if you ever need to support yourself or your family.

There is no reason that you have to transfer to a four-year institution immediately after graduating from community college.  Your AA or AS degree will transfer to a school near your new home.  Even as a day-care teacher, you will have more and better opportunities with a baccalaureate degree or even a masters.

Your mother has given you good advice.

23 Jun, 2021 02:27 PM

You absolutely should pursue a higher degree while you are young and without too many other time and money obligations.  An education is something no one can ever take from you, and it will only get harder to complete it as time goes on.

Even if you stay in the business of day care, you will have more options if you have a bachelor's degree or more in your field.

Moving and getting married are issues you can work around with some planning.  Do everything you can to get a bachelor's degree-- I've never met anyone who regretted having it, even if they no longer work in their original field.

Good luck to you!

23 Jun, 2021 02:27 PM

Look at statistics for what someone with a bachelor's degree makes over someone with an associates. As a daycare teacher you might make 25,000 a year but as an elementary or preschool teacher you might make 35,000. 10,000 a year adds up.  Even if you are moving your credits should transfer to a school in the new area you live in.