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  •  I really like this diary; (9+ / 0-)

    when I went to college to major in dance I was asked by everyone, "what will you do with that degree?" Well, I always thought that was a stupid question, what do you think one does with a dance degree?

    Then I went back to do graduate work in clinical psych; now, one would think this vocation would earn a decent living - but given student loans, 3000 hour unpaid or barely paid internship and working for a non profit, no, this must be a career one chooses for the love of helping people.

    I have grown to have strong feelings about being underpaid given the increase in policies, threats for being fired "if compliance is not 100%" for documentation and insanely long outcome measures and treatment plans. So much so, there are days when I can barely focus on my clients, except for the written work, because I need the paycheck, because union busting, because troubled economy, because because because.

    Thanks for listening to my rant.

    "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass... it is about learning to dance in the rain." ~ Vivanne Grenne Shop Kos Katalogue!

    by remembrance on Fri Aug 02, 2013 at 06:27:25 PM PDT

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    •  Not at all; you are right. (9+ / 0-)

      Our Depression-era parents (yours are certainly of more recent vintage, but some of us have them) were bent on sending us to college to study something where we could "earn a good living". I don't know how many people I know got talked or pressured out of doing what they'd really have loved -- a lot did, that's for sure. And how many of them, in today's economy, really bought security that way? Not so many as those worried parents might have thought.

      Parents really try hard to ensure a good future for their kids, and sometimes they do have a valuable point of view. But sometimes, they really can't foresee the way the world will be for their kids as adults. I got all kinds of advice that turned out to be completely inoperative. Obviously, parents shouldn't shut up and watch their kid walk into a buzzsaw, but a little perspective on how fast things can change wouldn't hurt, either.

      •   I think some generations have a broader (6+ / 0-)

        perspective than others. For example, my parents are first generation Americans, my sister and I the first to have college degrees, no matter what we did as long as we got our degrees, we were assured some type of progress. However, the progress isn't financial at this point. My dad worked his way up to middle management with a high school education but companies don't work this way anymore, they certainly didn't care about my dad after a time. The progress I made is that I can choose my community (i.e., anti-semitism), I can speak my mind in my community, I can marry interfaith and be accepted, I can be a modern Jew, I have a greater choice in careers...

        We cannot predict what our children's future will hold or how their choices will work for them based on today's world, economy and now, climate.  I think I will tell my daughter she must follow her heart; yeah, I'll be that kind of mom. What ever she chooses she'll have to find a way to make it work and if her heart is in it, she has a better chance of succeeding.

        I am worried for her generation; I am worried for my later years.

        "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass... it is about learning to dance in the rain." ~ Vivanne Grenne Shop Kos Katalogue!

        by remembrance on Fri Aug 02, 2013 at 08:30:02 PM PDT

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