So here’s my story. I’ll be 30 this year. I currently hold a BA in psych, and a BA in music. Music has really always been my passion and I went back to school at 23 to pursue it. Got the BA 2 years ago, and landed a job in the same university as a manager of a new arts center on campus. It’s not a bad job - great benefits, significant amount of creative freedom - but there’s just not that far to go salary-wise and I’m very unhappy in this general location (suburban Long Island. I’m craving a change of location, preferably to a more urban environment like NYC).
Anyway, I’ve tended to think of it as a transitional job to give me some stability while I figure things out, with the goal of eventually pursuing a career in music, either as a working composer, or in academia as a musicologist. I’ve actually gotten too sidetracked at this point to pursue the former, and the latter would require a PHD.
For the passed year or so I’ve been debating 2 options.
Stay at my current job making 33K, which, being in a major university with one of the best musicology programs in the country, would allow me to take classes part time towards a graduate degree for free.
-I’d pretty much always be struggling financially, though the bills would get paid.
-I’d consider the pursuit of the degree more of a hobby since an MA in musicology doesn’t really open up many career options and the PHD would take me easily into my 40s
-I’d be stuck on LI, though I do get into NYC often. I’d never really be able to live in the city since the commute is cost prohibitive. (though I am doing it this summer)
Go back to school fulltime to one of the top musicology schools (preferably Columbia) to pursue a career as a professor of musicology in a university.
- if I’m lucky I might be able to begin my career at 37 making 60K.
- I’ll never be rich, though I’d enjoy the work.
- I will spent the majority of my 30’s broke.
I’ve been leaning towards option 2 for a few months now, but I’m here looking for option 3. To be honest, as I’ve become older, and more cynical, I’ve also been craving career and stability and family more, and the need to pursue music with the passionate intensity I once had has faded. I mean I still love it, and will never live without it; I will always be playing and composing and listening and contemplating. It just may not necessarily be part of my career.
One possible new option that has since made it’s way into my consciousness is law school. I’d be done a lot sooner than with the PHD, and come out able to make considerably more. I also have come to realize that I love law and I’ve always loved debate and truth (which is of course what draws me to this place), so this wouldn’t really be compromising my ideals and interests for money. But I understand that lawyers work insane hours. Still, it is an option.
That’s my story. I was a bit more long winded than I had intended to be. I really just wanted to get a poll going of what people thought the best jobs were. So what do you all think? What are the best jobs one could get according to:
- education required (how many years?)
- I’d love to be making 6 figures in this life time, or at least close to it.
- will it be enough to counteract the amount of debt I’d necessarily have to put myself in, in order to earn the necessary credentials?
- will I have enough free time to get some enjoyment out of this godforsakken life of mine? not to mention enough time to compose and pursue hobbies, vacation?
- flexibility of hours.
- is the work interesting/rewarding