We’ve had two additional brown bag lunches since the last one I wrote about.
It was sitting in the first one, as the speaker spoke about the importance of well-written, smart, effective policy and connecting it with people and action, that I thought of getting a Masters of Public Policy.
It was during the second talk, that the idea of getting an MPP started to seem like not such a good idea. The speaker was a lawyer, and he mentioned the fact that being a lawyer can be helpful for many different careers, not just actually being a lawyer. For example, he said you could work in public policy. So, during the Q&A I asked him what the benefit to getting a law degree as opposed to an MPP is. Would I run into walls as just a layman with an MPP that I wouldn’t run into as a lawyer? Basically the answer was yes. But to be fair, he was a lawyer, so I was only hearing the reasons why not to get an MPP, not any of the reasons why it might be worthwhile. My father, uncle, aunt, brother-in-law, sister-in-law are all lawyers and I’ve never wanted to go to law school. Now I’m wondering though…
I asked my brother if he knew anyone with an MPP. He said he had a friend that had gotten one and worked in a think tank right out of graduate school for a few years but now was working (quite successfully) as a freelance journalist.
In the third and most recent brown bag lunch we got to speak with an author and journalist named Nick Kotz who has been in journalism since the early 60’s. I used to always want to work in journalism but finally determined that was too unrealistic a goal. But now I’m beginning to think about it again. Initially, working here was helping to narrow my scope and focus on what my career would be, but now it’s widening again and that can be stressful. Too many choices leaves room for more wrong decisions.
Maybe as the summer continues though I’ll begin to have a better sense again.
Us with Nick Kotz and Marian Wright Edelman