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If Only You Were A Man

Dear Career Doctor:
I am 48 years old and am pursuing a psychology BA and perhaps an MA because I want to work as an academic counselor. Being realistic, I would finish at around age 53. Is it reasonable to expect to be hired at that age, or am I just wasting my time and money?

Miriam M.

Dear Miriam:

If your name was Michael, I would be much more positive, because there is a perpetual shortage of male teachers and counselors. So, while no one would publicly admit it, principals usually hire men if they can, hoping to provide students with positive male role models.

But since you are female, the question is, “What have you been doing for the last 28 years?” Principals also like to hire people with “real life experience” in the working world. They often feel this background helps counselors (and teachers) guide young people who are naive about the skills and behaviors they need to succeed. On the other hand, if you have good experience raising your own children — especially if you were active in their schools — that might count in your favor.

Regardless of the experience you have, here’s a suggestion: Many people getting their Masters in Counseling are teachers. In fact, some graduate programs are set up to accommodate teachers’ schedules. So, if you have any interest in teaching, I would strongly recommend that you hedge your bet and switch to a degree that would let you teach. That way, you will be paid to get relevant experience while pursuing your Masters.

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3 comments to If Only You Were A Man

  • Eleanor

    Gosh, Career Doctor you were so negative to a “female” and I felt that you kind of validate the implied discrimination that may be occurring in the school environment. I hope you are wrong.

    Woman can become counselors, and men can become nurses and teachers. For all we know, this person over the last 28 years has had an executive job somewhere. It was never established in her question. I think I would have valued your comment better if you would have documented your opinion with job statistics.

    I hope that your opinion will not sway young woman from entering any field. In my days, women were able to become only “teachers, nurses, or bookkeepers.” Today, there are many more possibilities and we should not slot people according to the gender.

    I read your article regularly, but this time I thought your opinion not to become a school counselor because Principals value men more, and suggestion to become a teacher sounds biased.

    I will continue to read your article because I think most of the time, you offer good advice.

    • Dear Eleanor:
      Glad you like most of my advice and sorry you got the idea that I was stereotypically trying to get a woman to be a teacher. I suggested that Miriam pursue her Masters. But since she was worried about getting a counselor’s job and the $$ involved in graduate school, I was merely suggesting that if she got a teaching degree instead of a BA in Psychology (which is a relatively impractical degree) she would be getting relevant experience and $$ while pursuing the Masters.


    Career Doctor,
    Thanks for being honest!!