When I first graduated university with my BFA in Film Production, many of my fellow students who were having a hard time finding work decided to go the academic route and get their Master’s Degree. I was contemplating this myself, especially during my 8 month jobless dry spell, but at that time I knew I didn’t want to go back to school yet. I took 5 years to finish my degree, largely because I did one year of university before applying for the 4 year Film Program, and I never took a break between high school and university. When I graduated with my degree school was the last place I wanted to even think about again and I was eager to get to work, move out of my parents’ place, and start my adult life.
I’ve been out of university and working for the past 4 years, but now that I’m in Toronto and pursuing a career here, the idea of going back to school has come up again. I do have experience in sales and marketing, which is the line of work I’m hoping to find here, but I can’t help but wonder if my arts degree is holding me back a bit? Should I go back to school and get a certificate with marketing in the title? School is never a bad idea if it means gaining knowledge and helping you grow as a person. But this time around it’ll be different. I don’t have my parents to fall back on and I would probably need to look into student loans to pay for everything.
What I was hoping was to either take a few courses while working full-time or to find a job with a company where the employer pays for me to go back to school. But, since I don’t know where I’ll end up I’ve been thinking more seriously about just going ahead and signing up for a class this fall. The more and more I think about it, I am really interested in digital marketing (I’ve got this blog to blame for that). I’m familiar with traditional marketing from my last job working at a newspaper, but it’s the online stuff that really gets me excited.
I haven’t made any decisions yet, and me going back to school is more like a plan B as I still hope to find a full-time job soon, but we’ll see what happens I guess.
Have you ever considered going back to school after getting your degree? If you’ve already done this, what was you experience like and got any tips?