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    Re: Should I get a master's degree?

    “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there.” ~ Rumi

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    “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there.” ~ Rumi

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    Re: Should I get a master's degree?

    Why Would Anybody Become a Therapist?

    ...Therapists stay in the profession, they found, not because of material rewards or the prospect of professional advancement, but because—above all—they value connecting deeply with clients and helping them to improve. On top of that, the clinicians interviewed consistently reported a strong desire to continue learning about their profession, regardless of how long they’d been practicing. Professional growth was cited as a strong incentive and a major buffer for burnout across the board...
    “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there.” ~ Rumi

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    Re: Should I get a master's degree?

    Another loan repayment option in the US:

    Loan Repayment Program | Indian Health Service (IHS)
    “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there.” ~ Rumi

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    Re: Should I get a master's degree?

    Fun fact:

    "The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs employs more than 10,000 professional social workers. It is one of the largest employers of MSWs in the United States."

    Explore Social Work - National Association Of Social Workers Indiana Chapter

    (The V.A. also seems to pay better than most employers and provides pension benefits.)
    “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there.” ~ Rumi

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    Re: Should I get a master's degree?

    For better or worse: Social work and counseling degrees cost more than most masters degrees, e.g. the IT degrees usually are only about 30 credits while a counseling or MSW degree is now usually around 60. There are loan-forgiveness programs in the U.S. (and Canada?), but you may have to relocate, etc.
    “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there.” ~ Rumi

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    Re: Should I get a master's degree?

    The GRE costs $205!

    If you live in the US and are low income, you can get the fee reduced to $102.50:

    GRE Fee Reduction Program (For Test Takers)

    (Many masters programs also waive the GRE requirement.)
    “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there.” ~ Rumi

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    Re: Should I get a master's degree?

    Personally, I applied today to an online IT (information/data science) masters degree at a state university. This was after deciding not to enroll in a masters in counseling since I am happy with less social interaction in my current job.

    Cost will be only $13k for the whole program, and I can even do a thesis as an online student. Like most masters programs, the program can be done part time.
    “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there.” ~ Rumi

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    Re: Should I get a master's degree?

    I know. The GREs have always been a bit of a scam.

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    Re: Should I get a master's degree?

    Daniel, What was your previous educational background to decide to go for a masters in IT?
    dont they require some sort of computer science degree as a prerequisite?

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