I need a bit of advice regarding a possible return to higher education to get a second master’s degree.
Currently, I hold a BFA and an MFA in photography and $54,000 in student loan debt. I have a stable, steady, easy, but frustrating dead-end job that I have worked for 3 years. I am currently a photo tech/glorified librarian for a private college. My salary is a wistful $40,000 gross. My partner has recently secured a new position that will allow us to move to any major city in the US, meaning if I were to decide to go back to school our relationship would continue.
My current, albeit dead end, career path has brought me into a better financial position (I have no credit card debt, have started an emergency fund, have been investing regularly in a 401K, and a mutual fund). Trust me, I am grateful for all that, but I have realized that I do not want to stick it out as a fine art photographer nor am I able to take my experience and translate it into a more satisfying career.
On a positive note, my current job has given me a better idea of what I want to do – become a digital asset manager/archivist. Unfortunately, this is one career move that absolutely requires a MLIS from an ALA accredited college.
What’s a guy to do? Stick it out and hope that something better comes along? Or take the plunge and take on more loan debt in hopes of a better paying and more satisfying career?
I greatly appreciate the advice... Thank you.