Bradley: Congratulations on your MPA! I’m glad to see that you gave yourself a breather between degrees. I took three years between graduations to the start of a new degree and I think it helped me to get a better idea of what I wanted to study. Will you be doing you new degree on line or in-class?
If I were you, I’d be investigating opportunities with the Federal Government RIGHT NOW. A doctorate is no guarantee of getting a Federal job; you can probably find a job without one. Unless a doctorate is a specific requirement for the kind of Federal Government job you’re looking for, you might be very disappointed to find out that there’s no job waiting at the end of the graduation platform. I was already working in the federal Government when I decided to pursue a doctorate–not for a job, but because I found something I wanted to study–and for life after retirement. I didn’t make a single extra penny when my degree was conferred, even though my research was based on a continuing Federal Government issue–new employee orientation (socialization). My research and Ph.D. have been helpful in the work I’ve been doing, but I didn’t need the degree to do the work.
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