I have often considered going back to school full or part-time with an eye switching careers away from Information Security/ Information technology.
Going part-time for Public Policy or Political Science isn’t worth it I would think. I would have to leave the Milwaukee area for career advancement, and I don’t think I want to do that. I would be willing to spend a few years in Washington working on a congressional staff of some sort (technology, security, policy) stuff, but not permanently. The time getting the degree would be better spent blogging and reading and maybe finding/starting a local Lincoln-Douglas Debate and Rhetoric Club.
I have thought about going to Marquette’s Law School (part-time for a year or two, then full time if I am going to stick with it), with an eye practicing were technology and legal systems cross (especially information Security and Lawfare). I am not sure if I want to be competing with 25 year old associates any more. Would I be able to make back my cost of Law School (material cost of going + forgone income in my current profession)?
I have also though about switching over to be a fee-based financial planner. I would have to get a CFP as a signaling device (and I could write off getting a Master’s in Economics). I am not sure I could make enough money at it. I don’t want to be broker or a mutual funds salesman designed as an adviser.
I have though about getting an information security masters, but I don’t think I will learn much more with that. As a signally device, I would be better of just adding another security or professional certificate (CISM, CISA, GSNA, or PMP).
Note I have an undergraduate in degree with a major in Computer Science (and most of a political science major and an MBA. I am a smart guy, but not always the best student as an adult I get bored and want to learn different things or at a different pace. Locally, my choice for a Law School would have to be Marquette, or for other programs Marquette or UWM. I could also do a distance program like American Public University or Union College.
Just some wistful thoughts on Wednesday while grimacing through massive back pain.
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