If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you would notice that I kept on mentioning my desire of being a marriage counselor. And for the past months, I always asked my hubby for his opinions on certain things which he would always answer, “I have no idea, ask someone who’s in that field.” That kind of conversation went on for quite sometime, until I finally decided to send a Facebook message to Michelle Alignay.
Michelle is a relationship and parenting expert working at Love Institute. She has been interviewed several times at different TV and radio programs. I first met her through Girltalk, an online forum for women in the Philippines. We have exchanged a couple of messages before. But all of them were on topics like where she gave birth, how to use Saya baby carrier, is Fenugreek effective to a nursing mom, those kind of messages that has to do with mothering.
And so last week I messaged her telling my intent of becoming a counselor too. She was at first surprised on my interest in that field. She offered me that we could meet in case I want more details. Of course, I said yes and instantly grabbed that opportunity. And just this past Tuesday I’ve had, what I consider, a career counseling with her.
I’ve got three concerns:
1. Do I want it as just ministry or take it to professional one?
2. When do I want to start taking a MA?
3. Last but not the least, will my time for my baby and hubby suffer?
Meeting with Michelle has cleared all these concerns in my mind. As for the first one, hubby and I are leaning towards getting a professional degree. With that, I can opt to either pursue counseling as a ministry or a profession as a private practitioner. So Godwilling, I hope, I could take a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling. Taking this will make me eligible to take a PRC board exam, and be a licensed counselor. And most probably I’ll be studying at Miriam College where Michelle is taking her PhD.
For the second one, if I want, I can take a 3-6 units this coming May. It means I have to go to school for one-two weeks at 8am to 5pm a day. And that means I will be away from home during that time. But if I took that load, I have already finished a half-semester which will make me save more time and money as far as the travel time and miscellaneous fee are concerned. My decision is not final yet.
And for the third, I’m glad to know that the regular class schedule is at night. And if ever I decided to start studying this year, I still have my morning and afternoon for my baby and hubby. I can start pursuing my dream while still being a hands on mom. But I’m not that convinced yet.
I hope God will continue to guide me as I discern on this important matter. As a mom, I can’t decide only for my own. I have to consider my baby too. The final decision will come after I get a copy of the course syllabus. May God guide me.
So what about you?
What do you want to do with your life when your kids are already independent?