This Friday I complete the coursework for my Masters in Public Administration that I’ve been working through since December of 2009. For the majority of this program I was working for Capella University and one of the benefits of being employed there was free education. Once I left, about a year ago, I had to pay for the remainder of my classes, which I began to do since it wasn’t worth it to just stop the program with only a handful of courses remaining.
The reason I went into the MPA program was my interest in the public sector and the generally ridiculous decisions which I believe are made by both staff and politicians alike. I honestly believed that I would be able to change the world and have it run differently if I was able to provide some direction. However, as I progressed I realized that there are probably thousands just like me who went in believing they could bring something good to the process and ended up bogged down by politics and pressure. Also, in the several years since I began, my career goals have changed significantly and while public service would be great for the soul, it would not feed the mouths I have to feed as well as continuing my work in IT/analytics.
Honestly the entire process seems worthless to me now. Have I wasted years of my life on yet another degree which I will never put to good practice?
How about you? Are you or are you planning to continue your education? Are you going to complete your GED or move into post-secondary work as an undergraduate, masters or PhD student? Why? Do you worry that as you work through your education the reasons you had for starting may change by the end? Are you worried about costs and benefit? Has the job market and world changed over the last decade to the point where continuing education just isn’t what it used to be? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and vote on the sidebar and comment on below as I’d love to hear your thoughts.