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    Honestly I would chuck the phd. I have a friend who did one, it doesn't get easier and it's such a time drain. I saw her get zero enjoyment from it. We finished our degree at the same time and both went to work in the same field. She decided to go back and do her phd. She got a research job but it's about half my salary and I don't think she's any happier than in her first job.

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    @Wise Enough that's so common, I hear stories like that all the time.

    Any one else want to weigh in?

  4. #13
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    Sorry to crash, but I've been having similar thoughts.

    I'm 12 weeks with my first, and looking very forward to my mat leave. I've been with the same firm for 10 years, am at senior mgt level (not quite executive), and make a really good wage. I'm quite happy to leave the job. I've been slowly checking out over the past 4 years, but I am terrified to lose the income. DH works for the same company, tho in a different area.

    I'm really torn between quitting out right (after leave) or going back part time and trying to go back to school. If I go back to school, I'd like to study art and design, which I'm passionate about, but the salary would be peanuts.

    The money itself doesn't matter, it's the security it brings. We're not flashy people, but I like to know there is an ever growing nest egg for retirement and my kids future.

    Hoping to have more clarity once the baby is here.

    Thanks for the space to vent.


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