I recently graduated with a double-major in Government and Spanish. I graduated in three years from a Top 50 school with a 3.5 GPA. Because I had a family waiting for me back in Houston, Texas, I wanted to graduate early and continue my education closer to home.
Originally I was set on getting a J.D. I was admitted to begin attending the University of Houston Law School this Fall of 2014. However, I am unsure if I should attend law school because:
- I would have to take out more than 100k in loans because I received no financial aid
- I would be unable to work for three years
- I keep reading that there are too many lawyers, not enough well-paying jobs, and a lot of lawyers hate their jobs <-- this scares me the most!
Because of this, I began to consider a Masters in Public Administration, Public Policy, or Political Science instead. However, I ran into more problems. For starters, I need to remain in Texas because of my family. While some universities (such as Texas A&M and UT Austin) rank in the 20s and 30s for the programs I mentioned above, I am worried that this rank is not high enough. Second, I have searched for jobs in these fields (for someone with a masters) to see what type of jobs/how much these jobs pay, but jobs in these fields are scarce and usually require a lot of work experience. Those that do not require much work experience (but still require about 2 years) still pay only around 40k-50k. It got me thinking if it would even be worth getting a masters if jobs pay almost the same as a bachelors.
The fields I received my first bachelors in do not seem very practical, so I have began to consider pursuing a second bachelor's degree in Computer Science. My reasons for considering this are the following:
- A second bachelors is cheaper than pursuing a master's
- Computer Science seems more practical if I plan to remain in Texas
- If I pursue a Comp Sci degree, I plan on working 25-40 hours (since FAFSA does not grant financial aid to post-bacc students)
- Comp Sci is something that I would have loved to do but felt that I would not have been good at since I didn't have any background working with computers
Honestly, I just want some feedback. Not necessarily a "yes, definitely do this!" but "Well, I think...". I want to get more opinions than just my own. Many thanks in advance.