I'm in my second semester of a funded two year MA program in History, and I need to start deciding what I want to do after. My two current "options" (that are reasonable are);
1. continue onto a PhD program. I feel I have an ok shot at getting into a top program - I have good grades, I'm working in an in demand/growing subject field (America World War I history), will have good conference and academic experience by the time I graduate and can get excellent recommendations.
2. start working for my university in a salaried university positions. I've worked and networked very hard to put myself into a position where I feel I can be competitive in getting a job at my university. The benefits (as I see them) would be: not living on a graduate stipend, excellent (and I mean excellent) benefits - which is very important to me, the option to continue taking classes in any subject I want for free, and a good upward mobility track into university administration.
what are people's thoughts?
(of course everything might change and I end up doing nothing! ahhh)