Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Skepticism and a Black Dress

swing dress (old navy) - sandals (aldo, old) - belt (idk)
So my Old Navy order thankfully did not work out, save for this one dress. I've worn it way too many times since I've gotten it. It's stretchy, swingy, light, and very breezy. The material feels casual, but the color also makes it pretty appropriate for work as well! The shape itself is trapeze-y, and drapes right over my hips. Very cute without a belt, despite not defining my waist at all. I do like it with a belt as well. Overall, it feels right and I knew this dress was mine from the moment I laid eyes on it. 

Skeptical face in the photo - not on purpose, but fitting with my thoughts about my 5 year plan, which funnily came up during a conversation with my boss's boss.

I'm feeling like I'll be at a crossroads soon, where the decision is to continue on with my career, or to pause for a bit to go back to school. The expectation is on my from a variety of figures in my life to go back. But I'm not really sure what I would go back to school for. I feel like I've lost so much theoretical knowledge to go back for another Statistics degree. At the same time, I'm not sure if it's worth it to drop money on an MBA (what's the value?), nor do I think that I have enough experience to go back for one yet. Have you ever gone through this? Or do you have an MBA? I'd be curious to know if your advanced degree has helped you in a practical way at work. 

In other news, I received the Ted Baker jacket today and will probably write a post tomorrow or the next about it!
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8 comments:

  1. Haha I love swingy dresses, they're the best in scorching weather. Ah, I would love to be able to give you some helpful advice but I don't think I've got the experience or knowledge yet. However, as I'm finishing one chapter of my life and beginning another, I've been dealing with a lot of decisions myself and it's been frustrating. There's a number of pathways, a number of possibilities, but I'm hesitant and unsure... it's really stressful, I think I know how you're feeling to a certain degree. The best that I can do for you right now is, to wish you good luck! In the end, I know you will be content with your decision ~

    xx Chaereen | Inspinkle

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    1. Aw, thank you for the kind and reassuring words! Really appreciate them :)

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  2. It's cute! It looks great on you. Ah I have no experience with MBAs at all! Good luck with the decision making!

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  3. Go to school ASAP only if you think you might want to do it later. If you know (more than 50% positive) you might want an MBA down the road (or some other degree,) do it now before debt/kids/responsibilities prevent you from doing so. My friends that slogged through their education shortly after undergraduate are now newly minted, licensed professionals, but they've laid that foundation and they can work on kids/debt along the way. Education is a big undertaking I would think would be better done in the height of your youth and energy, and then you'll continue to learn on the job or in continuing Ed for your profession.

    I personally didn't follow that life path because I was not wise (haha) but I'm carving out a different path right now.

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    1. Definitely feeling the sense of urgency now, if I wasn't before, haha. The good thing is I have no debt (paid off my student loans), no kids (I'm 22), and few responsibilities outside of my job.

      I think I'm going to give myself another 2 years to save up a good amount of money to pad me through school should I decide to go. The other good thing too is that my boyfriend will finish his PhD then, so we'll have at least his income to support the two of us as well. It really depends on where I go from here, career wise... I think 2 years will be enough for me to advance to a level where I can easily see if the extra income generated from an advance degree will be worth the return.

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  4. Swing dresses seem to be very popular right now in NYC!

    I don't have too much insight into the graduate school decision for fields outside of law, but as someone who took two years off, I think I'd generally advocate waiting before committing to graduate school (unless someone is super sure about something really time-intensive like a PhD or MD). I think I would have benefitted from waiting an additional year or two just because graduate school is such a big investment, time and tuition-wise.

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    1. This really helps. The tuition thing is one of the main factors, which is sort of motivated me to stop spending wastefully on clothes, haha. Really appreciate hearing about your path!

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