I have been in school now for almost 2 years. I am getting close to the end of my Associate degree and I have been weighing my options after graduation. With 1 semester left, I decided to trot out my unofficial transcript to see if I could transfer any credits. I tried with UMUC because it is a good school, and I wouldn’t mind going there. I have NO transfer credit according to them. What my credits bought me was an upgrade to upper level classes and 4 more years of school.
I don’t know if I have 4 more years in me. I’m almost 40, who would hire me after 4 more years?
School was great when I was taking campus classes. But online classes are draining. Honestly I would feel better taking some of my classes that I have been reduced to taking online again. However, I didn’t want to take everything again. Upper level classes are good though, at least it is not the same stuff I have already taken… not that I think FASFA would be willing to pay for the same classes twice.
I don’t know.
As you can tell, I am debating this new development in my blog today. I need some advice guys. Post a comment, let me know what you feel I should do with this newfound information.
As far as school goes, I am now entering week 5 of my 7th semester. Grades are not up from week 4 yet. However, I am doing okay. It’s a shame, but I may lose my 4.0 over a Career Skills class. That woman grades with an iron pen lol. On the bright side I only have this week and next week to deal with her. If I end up with an 89 in Career Skills, I will just have to live with it. For now, I have a 92.64%. She’s not a bad teacher, she just like things done a certain way. I understand and respect that. I am resistant, and that is my fault not hers. So if a B is what I get, a B is what I deserve.
I LOVE Network Security. Love it! I Almost can’t wait to take my Security+ exams for certification. That is another option for after my Associates. I can start studying for my certification exams and just go straight out into the job market. The only way I will get a job, in this market, with an Associate degree is if I have my certifications. Everyone here wants Bachelors degrees and experience. I have neither. I have seen some jobs that only require an Associate degree, but I’d need to have at least an A+ certification. Which is no problem, I could probably go and take those exams next week and get that. A+ is Barney level easy. However, I want to feel ready to head out into the job market, and I don’t.
The the question becomes, will I ever feel ready? That could be the fear talking. I haven’t had an actual job in 14 years. I am scared shitless about heading back out into the job market.
At any rate, I am doing really well in Network Security. Makes me want to go back to school just so I could get into the cyber security and the forensics side of computing. My grade for Network Security is a 99.23%.
Routing II is going better than Routing I did. I am getting a better grip on it, but I wish I knew more. I was tripped up by a research paper I had to write on Syslog last week. Syslog! I am still a little bitter about it. I won’t know how bad the grade will be until he posts it in a couple of days. I am not hopeful though. I know I bombed the last part of that paper. I am expecting at least a 25% point deduction, because I didn’t really answer the last question.
Looking at the evaluation that the school sent me this morning, I have two options because of my current education. I can go the Cisco route, which I don’t want to do, even though I know there is a lot of money in Cisco. Or I can go the Digital Forensics route which I think I would love. If I were to go to go this school my Major would be Networking & Security with a minor in Cyber Security. It is like a whole new degree, a whole new direction. I found what interests me… was that the point of the Associate degree? Anyway, my grade for Routing II is 95.88%. If you are wondering why, it’s because of my last test. I need to stop second guessing myself. I got a 70% on my last quiz, it would have been a 90% if I hadn’t changed two of those answers. I’m still kicking myself.
Sorry that this blog is so long. I hope y’all made it to the end. Please post a comment, I could use the feedback. What do y’all think I should do as my next step?