I had a long chat with my girlfriend yesterday, and between talking about our love lives and the latest we ventured into the realm of her budding career. She's one smart cookie and has been working her way up at a law firm for a few years, and now she's facing the possibility of law school which comes with some obstacles. Her worries don't have to do with getting into a good school or dealing with tedious applications; instead she's wondering if becoming a lawyer would mesh with her vision of having a family in the next five or so years.
Most graduate programs like to see that you've had some work experience before going back to school, so if you follow their recommendations that means you don't go back until your mid to late twenties. Obviously, modern medicine has allowed women to have kids later and that's conducive to our desire to have it all. But, what if you want to start having kids in your early thirties?
The problem my girlfriend is facing isn't an uncommon one — graduate school isn't cheap, and she wants to know that she'll be able to use her degree. There are so many women out there that make it work with successful careers and full families, and I have serious admiration for them. What would you do if you were my girlfriend — go to school and try to make the best of a work-life balance, or try out another career path that might be more kid friendly?