My Boss Is Making Me Go To School
7th February 2024 | ⏰ 00:03:58
My Boss Is Making Me Go To School
TLDR: Jill is a full-time music director for a church and also teaches high school band and choir. The school requires her to get certified, which will cost $12,000. She's asking if it's feasible to invest in the certification. Dave suggests she consider her long-term career goals and whether the investment makes sense in that context.
Caller: Hi Dave, thanks for taking my call. I'm a full-time music director for a church, but I also teach high school band and choir to supplement my income. The school is requiring me to get certified, which will cost $12,000 over five years. I'm struggling to make ends meet and I'm not sure if it's worth the investment.
Dave: I think the bigger question is what you want to be doing for the next ten years. If you want to be a full-time music teacher and make that your career, then investing in certification makes sense. But if it's just a part-time job, it's probably not worth the expense.
Caller: I would love to be a full-time music teacher, but I'm not sure if the school will ever make that position full-time.
Dave: I would discuss that with the school administration. If they're confident in the growth of the school, they may be willing to commit to making the position full-time in the future.
Caller: That's a good idea. I'll talk to them about it. Thank you for your advice.
Dave: You're welcome. I hope it works out for you.
Q: Jill is in a dilemma about whether to invest $12,000 in a certification program to continue working as a part-time music teacher at a private school. What are her concerns?
A: Jill's primary concern is the financial burden of the certification program. She is already struggling to make ends meet with her current income from the church and teaching high school band and choir. Adding the cost of the certification program to her expenses would further strain her finances.
Q: Why is Jill considering the certification program?
A: The certification program is required by the school to continue her employment as a music teacher. Without the certification, she may lose her job. Additionally, obtaining the certification could potentially lead to a full-time position with a higher salary and benefits.
Q: What is Clark's advice to Jill?
A: Clark advises Jill to consider the bigger picture and think about her long-term career goals. He suggests that she should only invest in the certification program if it aligns with her aspirations and provides a clear path to a more fulfilling and financially rewarding career as a full-time music teacher.
Q: What are some alternative options for Jill?
A: Clark suggests that Jill discuss with the school the possibility of them covering the cost of the certification program. Another option is to negotiate a higher salary or a full-time position in exchange for completing the certification. Additionally, Jill could explore other job opportunities that align better with her skills and interests.
Q: What should Jill consider when making her decision?
A: Jill should carefully evaluate her financial situation and determine if she can afford the cost of the certification program without compromising her current lifestyle or financial stability. She should also assess the potential return on investment, considering the likelihood of securing a full-time position and the salary increase associated with it. Additionally, Jill should think about her long-term career aspirations and whether the certification aligns with her goals.