Topic ID #31535 - posted 3/3/2014 10:53 AM

Field School dilemma


Yeah, I have a lot of dilemmas.  :)

~If I can't afford the credits, and I get into a field school that offers it without having to take it for credit, is that school considered less desirable than one that *only does for credit?  

~Or, if a school offers for no credit OR for credit, should I take it For credit if I can afford it?  I hope I am not coming across convoluted but I know that some do this.  I don't really need credits right now and I am not sure if they will transfer anyway.

~My school (garden variety state u) decided to offer a field school at the same time I could get one without credit somewhere else.  My school's field school is probably going to be in the back yard and I think the one without credit might be more worth it.  What do you think?   This is also another reason I don't know if the credits would transfer, since they are offering a class.  

~Is there a list with ratings or a discussion board anywhere of recommended field schools?  I would like to know what others think about the different ones, the experiences they had there, etc.  All I can find is what the places themselves write.  And I am sure they are not all equal.


Post ID#20446 - replied 3/4/2014 4:19 AM


Depends on what you need it for. If it is for a job, credit or no credit it does not matter. No one is going to look at your transcripts. What matters most is what you learn.

Maybe if you are applying for further school they might care about credits. I say maybe and that is a huge maybe, I really can't think of a reason for that.

Pasthorizons is one of the few places that vets their field school listings. If people complain they don't list the field school but that is about it in terms of ratings.

See if your school offers and independent study option. When I was an undergrad I took a field school for no credit but then had my university count it as credit as part of an independent study. 

Honestly, it is what you learn and the quality of the teachers that matters most. See who will be training you and what sort of experience they have. If you will be taught by a grad student with only two previous fieldschools under their belt don't do it. Look for a field school were the people teaching you (not necessarily the person running it, lots of field schools are run by professors but your actual training comes from someone else) have actual experience. Preference would be for someone with some CRM experience but anything is better than someone who went to the field school the year before. 


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