So I'm not sure what master's degree I should pursue—though I'm pretty sure that I should pursue one.
I love working with children, specifically with children who have been damaged in life and could use some help with coping skills. No doubt it has something to do with my years as a parent... In any case, I'd like to get a degree that explicitly permits me to counsel such children.
However. Should that degree be an M.S.W, or an M.Ed. with a counseling focus, or an L.M.H.C.? Or, should I acknowledge that, like it or not—and I do like to be entrusted with more responsibilities—I tend to advance (job 1, started as a receiving clerk, became a manager; job 2, started as a data entry clerk, became an editor; job 3, started as house staff, became a program director), and pursue a degree in organizational management? Would that mean I could not work with the children, whom I enjoy so much?
The reason I feel like I should get a master's is that my current job prefers one, and I would really love to do more intense work with 'my' population. So that could rule out organizational management, except that the other reason I feel like I should get a master's is that I want to be employable anywhere, at a relatively good salary (the other side of the globe from a Wall Street salary, of course). Victor and I still dream of retiring to the South, and his retirement will occur before mine.
What do those of you who haven't abandoned reading this lengthy, self-obsessed post think makes the most sense?