Author Topic: Cross roads. School/work  (Read 1803 times)


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Cross roads. School/work
« on: July 21, 2014, 04:33:34 PM »
Welp. I finally got laid off from my CAD tech job and have been working for my brother installing floors, as I used to for over a decade now. I haven't told him I want to go back to school and get my BS in architecture.  I all ready have an associate in arch so its another two years. He is very against wasting money and seems I could make more working by his side again.

Im geared up to start class next month, and im ready for it. How do I tell my brother this news no matter how negative he is about it. He is seeing me come back as a crew leader and his right hand man, which is respectable,  but I've been here before.

Is the price to advance my education worth it though I have other opportunities?


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Re: Cross roads. School/work
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2014, 04:38:54 PM »
What is the cost of education, expected income and current income? If emotions aren't involved that should be all you need.


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Re: Cross roads. School/work
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2014, 04:58:47 PM »
Education is about 10k a year. 2 years, 20k

Expected income will be nearly 20 hourly or more. Made 19 at last gig. Brother pays 16 for hard manual flooring labor.


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Re: Cross roads. School/work
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2014, 05:13:21 PM »
My advice would be to get a handle on the job market for architects.  I know of several that were laid of during the housing bust and are now in different industries.  I also know someone that is currently volunteering for Habitat for Humanity who has a BS in Architecture from UC Berkeley.  The job market is pretty rough from an my anecdotal point of view.

So before you run of to school and complete your degree, I would get a firm idea on how likely you will be to get a job and what salary to expect.  The results might steer you to completing your degree part-time, ect.