Originally Posted by Teger
Huh? I know how the academic job application game is played. I know that I would have to apply everywhere and anywhere, and be prepared to live in the country, in the city or on a mountain. My reference to the alumni networks is simply because if I'm pursuing nonacademic jobs (and hell, I might get to the MA program, hate my life and dread ever pursuing this further), it will help.
As for your "harsh truth", yea that's what I believe (and have been told). Very true. The good thing about the Tech offer is that the teaching position it includes is very, very good.
Edit: Sorry if I'm coming off as snarky. StephenHero is really irritating me in this thread! Anyway yea, I should just be smart, go to Tech for free and grab a degree and see what happens. Worse comes to worse I can sell clothes again.
I think that those of us with some experience or knowledge in this domain are simply horrified at the thought of going into debt
to go down this path. It's bad enough to give up solid income for XX years in industry. Also, anybody who thinks that they can "play the game" for academic jobs really doesn't understand how arbitrary and unpredictable it is.
Kudos for your determination, and I hope that things fall into place for you.