Continuing Education (1)

Hey, Shirley! Want to join me for lunch? My treat!

Wow! Sure!

I must confess I have an ulterior motive for asking you to lunch.

Oh, that's OK, as long as you're buying!

I really want to pick your brain about something I've been thinking a lot about.

I'd love to help if I can.

Well, as you know, I have a Bachelor's degree in English literature and that's served me well so far.

But I've always wanted to do some post-graduate work... maybe even get a Doctorate!

Wow! Just the idea of going back to school fills my head with pain.

But you have a Master's degree... Hasn't that helped your career?

Yeah, I'd have to say it has. But I'm still paying for it, you know.

I know. Education is expensive, but it's always been my lifelong dream.

Call me crazy, but I've always wanted to have that PhD at the end of my name.

Well, getting a Doctorate degree would mean close to a decade of school.

Can you afford that? Can you survive that?

I certainly can't afford it, but I'm sure I could find some good student loans.

I think you need to separate the dream of having a PhD from the reality of years of more schooling.

It's not as romantic as you might think.

Yeah... I keep thinking about what I'll do with a Master's or Doctorate.

I love language but I don't think there are a lot of well-paying jobs out there for experts on Shakespeare.

Uh huh, that's for sure. You might find that your only career choice is teaching other graduate students.