Time for a few updates!
The cost outweighs the benefit so I’m not planning to continue on with judo. It just isn’t worth tearing up my body at this age — esp. with no hard goal in sight. I’m still hanging question marks on traditional tai chi, bagua, and wing chun. June of 2017 will put me at 50-years-old. When I hit the spring 2017 mark I will be on the job market with vengeance. If the fates land me in a city with the above martial arts I’ll probably bite. Past that it’s looking like minimal MA maintenance at this time.
Kick me in the head now! I’m considering a second master’s in educational administration. As a library director my terminal required degree for most director jobs is an MLS. This I already have. However, some colleges and universities will ask for a second advanced degree. Some will require it while others will list it in the job posting as “preferred.”
I missed the fall cohort deadline but I could apply for the spring 2016 cohort. Before I do this I have some research to complete. Due to a partnership with our state university employees of my college get 1 free class each semester. In addition, tuition for residents is dirt cheap — approx. $700 a class. I’m also eligible to apply for some grant money at my college but that’s not a guarantee. Worst case scenario here is probably a small student loan of about $7,000 (assuming I can apply for a loan) to cover what the freebies do not.
- What aid am I eligible for?
- Can I handle the workload while being a director?
- How much will a second degree help?
That last question is the big one. I’ve spent the last three years filling gaps in my director CV. The only big gap remaining is to write a few grants. This I plan to do over the summer and into the fall. Past that it’s time in rank. Most jobs that I would consider applying for ask for 3-5 years of director experience.
A second masters or PhD is typically required for directors at universities with “very high” research activity. I can tell you now that there is not enough vodka in the world for me to apply for a job at such a university! I’d consider applying for a director job at a doctoral/research university which is the least of the three extremes. Most likely I’ll end up at a larger state college or go back to medium-sized private college or university. Here a second masters is usually listed as “preferred”, if listed at all.
How much a second degree will help is a matter of reading the tea leaves. I’m looking solid on paper; however, it’s a rough job market out there so I need to consider those things that will make me attractive to employers. I need to chat with some colleagues and also with a few contacts in the ALA before I commit. It might not be worth it and I could better focus my time writing grants and chairing national or state committees.
More updates to follow…