Which is More Important, Today or The Future?

Philippines
April 23, 2013 11:19am CST
Hey there myLotters! I'm currently in a state where I am so confused on which road should I take. This is about my career. Let me give a brief background of myself. I am a Nurse, I don't have a stable job.As of the moment, I'm currently unemployed. Here in the Philippines, The competition for nurses is so tough. If you have a great connection, you can land a job. I want to practice my profession, but then I have to be a volunteer nurse for 6 months. No pay, No meal allowance nor travel allowance. I do believe that I can still live without money, in fact the main purpose of this volunteer work is to enhance my nursing skills. The main reason why I am pursuing this profession is that, I am so embarrassed to my relatives If I will tell them that I would like to quit. To be a Nurse is not my dream, I took it because they say, that I will earn more money. And now, I feel so hopeless. That's why, Nurses here in The Philippines go abroad because of hopelessness. My mindset is to work abroad, but before I qualify. I have to gain 2 years experience and voila I can now apply. So here is the thing,Should I really apply as a volunteer nurse for 6 months and wait to be hired and after 2 years of experience, I can apply abroad or Should I look for a high-paying job that is not related to my profession? Should it be Today or the future that I will consider. Please enlighten me.
9 responses
• China
24 Apr 13
Hi there! You didn't say what kind of job you really want to do, so I suppose you are not very sure what you really want now. If I were you, I would do the volenteer job to pactice my nursing skills. I mean You wouldn't lose anything if you chose to do it. You can always discover what kind of job you really want to do while you do the volunteer job, study and prepare for it in your free time. It's better than just waiting for a good chance without preparation. It would also be possible that you would like to be a nurse since you would gain more experience during the two years. Plus, you may get other opportunities, since you would meet different people everyday in a hospital. Good luck!
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• Philippines
24 Apr 13
You got it right! I did not say that I don't like it, I am really in a state where I am not sure what will I choose and what will I do. I think I will try that volunteer work t gain experience.
@jadoixa (1171)
• Philippines
24 Apr 13
if you really want to practice your profession and to earn more money in the future then you must sacrifice for the time being, which is to do volunteer work for 6 months and gain experience for 2 years. that is what success is all about, every one goes through sufferings and sacrifices in order to achieve success. but if you are going to pursue other career choices now then you are just wasting your time on other careers instead of preparing and gaining experience today to be able to have the chance to go and work abroad in the future. i have 2 sisters who were graduates of nursing and both of them just took the course because of the chances of going and being able to work abroad., both of them passed the board exams and the youngest one didn't pursue her nursing career but she is now currently working in an office job where she is much happier and the other one has done volunteer work and now is working at a hospital to gain experience...you said it was not your dream in the first place, you just want to pursue it because you want to please other people..just go for what makes you truly happy and fulfilled...
@mahatav (28)
• India
23 Apr 13
Dear, you must ask your self what is right for you. you said you pursue the professional of nursing because your relative said to do so. I had also pursed many things on the advises of others. Today I possess degree of advocacy/company secretary & also a commerce graduate. But after all doing this I came to know that actually I love software engineering & experienced that in past if I had done study of software engineering than it may be prove far much better for me today. So I seriously advice you to not listen to anybody, listen to your heart. If you don't like nursing professional then please do not pursue it because pursuing a disliked job can't bring you & your family happiness. Go to a certified career counselor of your city and ask him/her about future prospect of different career option available to you as per your level ofeducation/experience. Don't make any decision in hurry on the basis of a hearsay, believe me it may cost vary much Listen to your hear & your well wisher you may find your right way. Thanks Mahatav
• Philippines
23 Apr 13
Yes, I really don't like because it so tough and you are in charge of a patient's life. I had been practicing it because of my relatives, I am so ashamed that they might be disappointed that I will switch career. I am really thinking it so deeply. That's why I posted a discussion to hear the different point of view of my fellow myLotters.
@Mavic123456 (18736)
• Thailand
23 Apr 13
if that's the only step to be able to be hired, what else is your choice? what is 6 months of a volunteer job. it may cost too much but hey that's the reality and you have to abide by it. You can not just go against the flow. With the system in the Philippines.... You have no choice but to accept the volunteer job. and Volunteering is a rewarding job... you will eventually enjoy it and before you knew it, you are already in your 7th month.
• Philippines
23 Apr 13
Yes, I believe that volunteerism is rewarding. I haven't sorted it out.
@RAJASB (109)
• India
24 Apr 13
Yesterday, Today and Future all three are important in your life. You cannot avoid any of these 3 , you don't have today if you haven't had yesterday and you cannot progress if you don't have planning for the future/tomorrow. It's a foolish thought to focus on which is important. Simply, recollect the past, live and enjoy the present and plan for tomorrow.
• India
24 Apr 13
if you use opportunities of the present time and you will be active and smart in the present time then defenitly you can make a great future... being in the present and make a good present is the key of success for better future..
• Philippines
23 Apr 13
as a matter of fact thats the biggest problem here in the philippines i have some friends d'same problem as your's but much they are because they already 1year experience the rn hills program at spmc,but sad to say after their contract they are hard to find another job becoz most of the hospital they have lots pending applicants...if i were you i will look another job even if not suit your course,as you said you are force to get that course becoz of your relatives..to make it short they encourage you to take nurse because it will give you a good salary in short it matters the salary not your course...lots of nurses now grabed any job as long as legal and good salary,youre not the one bother like your situation now..hope i enlighten you..
• Philippines
23 Apr 13
hi craziestqueenever! if situation puts you into those choices, and if going abroad is not much of your choice, then you may consider starting from the lowest portion of the ladder. there is no way getting up than to start at the bottom. what usually gives the feeling of hopelessness is the truth that people would usually want to start at the middle portion of the ladder to success right away! opportunities wouldnt knock all the time. we've got to look for it and start engaging ourselves to it. if getting prior experiences is the requisite to finally get hired, why not start it now? sometimes it's a matter of giving out your best that would determine your success. doors open up when you strive to show that the company would see all the reason for them to hire you earlier than the usual time. your performance, together with perseverance and quality of work, plus faith in God while giving out your best will bring you to further steps of the ladder. ...until before you know it, you're already up the ladder of success.--ProfGail
@Jyiou7 (84)
• Malaysia
23 Apr 13
Well, you're definitely in a dilemma and I would be more than willing to help you out with a suggestion. Since now you already have the 2 years experience as a nurse, I suggest you don't throw away the experience but put it to good use by working as a volunteer nurse. And it's good that you follow what you want in your heart, be what you want to be. So, while working as a volunteer nurse, why don't you network around, do some research, to find for another available job that you know will suit you. By doing so, when you're done with your 6 months, you already have another job that you can focus on and pursue. Good luck! :)