I thought this was a great post topic! S & F.
The economic turmoil seemed to have been mainly US but I can tell you here in Canada things are getting bad...many US companies set up shop here and
are closing down entirely or laying off in large waves to try to save the bottom line.
Currently I am looking for work after being injured at my last job and I'm finding that my "normal" field which normally paid up to 16/per hour in
good times has dropped in scale to about 11/hour and that my competition is HUGE...people are scrounging for jobs that offer enough to live on and
anything over 10 bucks/hour is being snatched up PDQ.
I have made the choice to change careers at 40. I am setting out to get my Bachelor of Nursing and later Registered Nurse.
1 - At our ages and current financial situation, one of us must be able to continue working beyond retirement for us both to be comfortable and
continue supports for our three girls combined. Currently aged 12, 16 & 20, plus supports for the Ex if an when possible or required.
2 - The BScN is a four year course, I will need a year of pre sciences for nursing, plus a few other courses tossed in that can be done on the side -
so it's a five year schooling plan.
3 - I need to be able to earn a decent wage while going to school - to be able to pay for going to school
During first year nursing I am able to
qualify for many positions in health care relative to nursing and the wages are pretty good - between 13-15 per hour. Each year of the program sees
this wage increase dramatically. By graduation the average wage expected (in Job Futures) is between 36-40/hour. There are numerous benefits and job
security is very good!
4 - As we are relocating to Ontario Canada, the current offering by the Gov is a reduction in tuition by up to 7000/year starting year one of the
5 - Job security being all important as we age...after retirement age Jobs in the private sector are many. I'd love to retire but reality is that
I'll be the main income earner in our old age
Nursing is one of the few jobs where practicing past retirement is completely possible and age is
not really a determining factor, so long as my health holds out.
5 - Enrolled in nursing I am eligible for numerous bursaries and scholarships, as a female, as and adult switching careers, and with a high GPA even
more perks are awarded - Reducing the amount of a student loan I have to take out...by the end of five years, with working while attending school,
awards and bursaries, the Ontario Gov's reduction of tuition (up to 7K)...I will have been able to repay all of my student loan within a five year
period post graduation.
6 - There are also numerous high pay positions for registered Nurses and Practical Nurses...contract work, Private sector, Canadian Forces and
Humanitarian Organizations... so even IF jobs in the mainstream health care system dry up there are so many options.
7 - Also important I'd be good at it. There are a lot of other things I'd be good at but I can't support a two person household plus children
(will be adults by then but you know how kids are) on what other fields pay.
Nursing combines many of the skills I already have and feeds my need to help people. Sure, by the end of the first year I'll have seen more sweaty
old nuts than most prostitutes, and handled/cleaned up more feces, urine, and vomit than I did during the first three years of my girly's life but
hey...with an ending salary upwards of 55K per year depending on the type of nursing I choose...I'd say it's a damn sight better than my current
field where even in management position (with so much competition in technology and administrative) I'd be lucky to make more than 35-38K per
I was hoping to start school this coming March but I'll have to put it off until March 2010...meanwhile I'll be taking several other required
courses (first Aid, sciences and upgrading some maths) to make sure I can manage the course load.
My greatest challenge will be maths related and attention span. I was a terrible student in my youth and certainly don't expect to just stroll
through the nursing program with no trouble. At 40 it's going to be achallenge for sure. brain cells aren't what they once were ;P