I came home from my appointment at the faculty of economics in tears. Things had not gone the way I had anticipated. Sense of tranquillity: gone.
Because I come from a background of zero economics (except for one economics and one business management course I took during my bachelor), I was told I have to do a “preparation year” in order to gain entry to the master year. For those who aren’t familiar with the Belgian university system, I’ll explain.
One regular, full-time year at university consists of 60 credits. Most of these 60 credits are compulsory courses (each worth between 3 and 9 credits depending on their importance). Usually a standard year of 60 credits comes down to around 5-7 courses per semester. Some are elective, meaning there is a variety of courses from which you are allowed to select one or several.
Naturally one cannot simply roll into economics; therefore I had expected some extra courses to be required for me. But I honestly didn’t expect this. This “preparation year” consists of 86, rather than 60 credits. Basically this means that doing it full-time would require an insane amount of work to be able to pass. Doing it part-time? Impossible…
Seeing as I don’t have a bottomless pit full of cash or a donkey that does his business in the form of gold coins, going back to school full-time is not an option for me. Basic needs such as shelter and food require me to work at least part-time. Furthermore, what I expected to be one extra year of study, quickly turned into at least three, if not more. Simply put: this meeting was one huge load of disappointing news.
I haven’t wiped the idea of going back to school off the table completely. I haven’t looked into other nearby universities, such as the universities of Leuven or Antwerp, and the next academic year doesn’t start until September/October. So perhaps there is still a chance… But that will come later.
While all this was going down, I had shifted my job hunt from full-time jobs to part-time positions, to coincide with my back-to-school plans. I also broadened my search a lot, including office jobs, jobs in retail and sales positions. And what do you know? This wider search for any and all part-time positions brought with it a few positive responses.
Phew, I was finally lined up for a job interview here and there.
To be continued…
*Note: This post follows chronologically on the previous one (“Bye-bye 2013, hello unemployment (again)”).