I suppose I have a bit of an update.
So nothing came of the jobs that I applied for with current employer. I don’t know if it’s because my application didn’t match what they were looking for, or if the posting got pulled thanks to COVID, but I wasn’t called for an interview.
Given the whole pandemic situation, I’m not particularly keen to make any big job moves right now. My job right now has a lot of faults, obviously, but it’s stable, it can be performed from home, and I’m still making money.
But an interesting opportunity has come up, which I plan to take. The university where I work has just announced a new masters program, exactly in my field. It’s so new that they aren’t even accepting applications yet, but I plan to apply. If accepted, I will start in September 2021 (hopefully COVID will be in the rear view mirror by then), and graduate in 2022. I will be able to take a one year educational leave of absence from my job, and then return afterwards (and reassess things then). I figure, a masters could potentially help me move up where I am now; and if not, it might help me find something somewhere else.
So that’s the plan. I haven’t told very many people about it (husband, a few friends). I haven’t talked to my boss yet about it; I really would prefer to do so face-to-face, but we’ll see if that’s even possible.
Work is still a little weird. Moving to being at home all the time has helped, I think. Funny thing is, I’m actually getting along super well with the person who got the job I wanted. It does still sting a little bit when people tell her what a great job she’s doing; I will need to develop some coping skills there, especially as grad school is over a year away. But she hasn’t gotten a bunch of the support she was promised for some of her tasks (hiring freezes). So I offered to help, and I’m currently helping her with some of the stuff that I was really excited about doing. My boss noticed it too, and thanked me for taking the initiative; so I guess that’s a positive.
Has anyone here gone back to grad school as an older student, by any chance? I am a bit worried about making that transition - if I get accepted I will be starting a masters at age 38.