Career Change

United States
December 17, 2008 9:38pm CST
I am an RN and recently I have been considering a change in careers- my thought is education and I could go into teaching nursing (at the college level) or I could teach science at the high school (this requires a few more college courses but I think it would be worth it). I am still young and I think that it would work out better for my family and for myself. My question is that in this economy am I crazy to be considering such a big change or would it be ok? Please let me know what you think. Thanks in advance for your response.
2 responses
@katsmeow1213 (28910)
• United States
18 Dec 08
I think the first thing you should do is talk to a career planner. See what sort of need there is for the positions you're considering. It's hard to find jobs these days, so you might just be out of luck with finding an opening in those fields. You also have to take into consideration that you'll be starting from scratch. You'll lose any accumulated vacation time, sick days, etc etc. At a new job those don't usually start until you've been there a year. Then there's the medical benefits to consider, which also have a waiting period at a new job. Not to mention money. Is it going to be more or less money to switch careers. Obviously going to school will cost some money. Can you afford that? Can you afford a decrease in pay if that's what it calls for. Since you're already an RN, have you considered changing careers in your current field that wouldn't require more schooling. Perhaps you could be an elementary school nurse or a home health aide or something along those lines. There's lots of options. But considering the economy, my main bit of advice would be not to quit your current job without something else lined up. I don't know what else you have for income... like if your s/o works... and if their job is guaranteed, there have been a lot of lay offs lately, so you might want to think of that as well. What if you quit to go to school and your other source of income falls through. Lots and lots to consider. But I'm sure you'll make the right choice. Good Luck.
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• United States
18 Dec 08
School will cost money but the courses that I need would be covered under state grants due to a teaching shortage which is a great thing and since I'm looking into to science I have read that those are the most in demand positions. My husband works and his career his very stable- he is a programmer with a local company- so we have no worry there- and I wouldn't quit while taking the classes just cut back a little - which we can afford. As for vacation- I can make it through that- that's not a problem and we have my husbands insurance- so again we are covered there. There is a pay cut involved but its fine with our budget so I have considered that. Thanks for responding and you are right if all else fails I am an RN.
• United States
18 Dec 08
Sounds like you've already given it plenty of careful consideration. Since you say the field you're looking at has vacancies, then perhaps it would be a good idea if you'll be happier in that field. Best of luck in your endeavors.
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• United States
18 Dec 08
Kat- Thanks for responding. I have weighed my options and I think that I will be happier elsewhere but I still worry about making the change. I guess its just a fear of the unknown but I do think I would make a great teacher and I also think that would make me more available to my family which is very important to me and them. Hope you have a Merry Christmas!
@spalladino (17922)
• United States
18 Dec 08
I've read that the medical field is the most secure right now but teachers are always needed, too. Check out the hiring situation in your area and see where the opportunities are. My personal opinion is that, if you're going to go into teaching, you would earn more teaching at the college level and most likely wouldn't be as subject to budget cuts. There's a risk involved with any career change but you can always go back to nursing if teaching doesn't work out.
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• United States
18 Dec 08
I know that the medical field is very stable but I hate the hours and all the time away from my family. I would earn more at the college level- that is for sure but I think I am so jaded on adults (I work in the ER sometimes) that the thought of children and yound adults is very appealing right now. I'll tell you that the poltics in nursing is horrible- and there are some women that are just hateful and that is a big part of it too. You make a great point about budget cuts in the elementary and high school systems- I hadn't really considered that. Thanks for responding.