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Old 05-13-2014, 09:18 AM
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My son will be entering his sophomore year of college in the fall. He'll be graduating with a degree in education, History, English and Writing. He's dam near hell bent on joining the Peace Corps for a 2 year stint. I know very little about them, he told me since he could not join the military (problem with his spine) this was the next "Right Thing" to do. I can't argue with that, but he'll be 2 years out of the work force when he returns. I don't have a clue how being in the PC effects your ability to get a job when your done. Has anyone ever done it? He has also looked at Teach America but a lot of his professors have told him to steer clear of them

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Is that one degree or multiple degrees? Is he graduating as a sophomore?

Encourage him to join the peace corps.
He will have exactly as many jobs waiting for him when he gets back as he will when he leaves.
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Education is the degree, he can teach any of the three. No, he's got another 3 years
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I would say do it if he can financially make it work and doesn't have a ton of student loans. It will look good on a resume and there is no guarantee with this economy he will have a job after graduation for a few years.
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He's one of the lucky one's He'll have Zero student loans
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If he wants to serve, and is disqualified from the military...and will have an education degree, he should look at the Dept of Defense Education Activity.
http://www.dodea.edu

They run the school system the military uses (primarily) overseas for servicemember's kids.

He'll be doing something for his country, and using his skill set in a way thats immediately recognizable (i.e. teaching) to future employers.

It will also get his foot in the door with the government, if this teaching thing doesn't pan out for him.
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My younger daughter spent three years in the Peace Corps, in the Dominican Republic. She was involved in an aquaculture project. Not easy, living in a hut with dirt floors, but she loved the experience and met many fine people. Afterwards, she got a data management job for several years, and then found her ideal job with the NIH. They even moved her Peace Corps years over towards her federal pension (she had to contribute a part of her earnings to do that). I never met anyone who was in the Peace Corps who regretted the experience.
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His time in the Peace Corps will go a long way toward getting a job (better effect than his chosen degree), and provide him with a maturity experience that college is simply incapable of delivering.

I would encourage and support him to go.


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A guy that works at my firm did the PC thing for a couple of years. We are a Big 4 acct/consulting firm and our client is a public health entity. I will say that his experience in the PC helped him get to where he is today and adds much value to the project teams that he works on.
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My sister taught english in Red China a couple years ago in the Peace Corps. She loved it. She is 70 now, and did this after age 65!!

Stress on you son that he should always be aware to make positive connections with his coworkers. You never know who might offer you a real job sometime.
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Charity begins at home !

Jobs are available in this country example Appalachia and the likes.

If he has an interest in education he should make one of his majors Special Education.

I taught Special Education for 32 years and enjoyed the challenge every day, my two nieces are Teachers of Special Education and have thanked me many times for the guidance.
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Thanks all for input.

JP, believe it or SE classes are requirement as part of his college education. Last summer he spent 2 weeks in Appalachia to finish up an AP class he was taking. I won't go into details here but he doesn't want to go back
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Good luck to him, and congratulations to you for doing a good job bringing him up. He sounds like someone I would want as my neighbor. A couple of years away from all the "stuff" people concentrate on in our country will help him focus on what's important - people helping each other.
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Originally Posted by meatdog View Post
Good luck to him, and congratulations to you for doing a good job bringing him up. He sounds like someone I would want as my neighbor. A couple of years away from all the "stuff" people concentrate on in our country will help him focus on what's important - people helping each other.


Thanks, at 19 I have zero complaints. GPA of 3.9, two jobs (55) hours a week this summer, just a dam good kid (adult)
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Originally Posted by Snapper Head View Post
His time in the Peace Corps will go a long way toward getting a job (better effect than his chosen degree), and provide him with a maturity experience that college is simply incapable of delivering.

I would encourage and support him to go.


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Good luck to him, and congratulations to you for doing a good job bringing him up. He sounds like someone I would want as my neighbor. A couple of years away from all the "stuff" people concentrate on in our country will help him focus on what's important - people helping each other.


Hard to add anything to this....
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The peace corps carries a lot of weight when looking for another job.
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