Originally posted by MK2002
Lastly, I am leaving my technology career for healthcare because I am tired of technology (25+ years), and I want to do something that has a closer connection with people rather than abstraction. I currently have a good paying dream job in tech. Most people would do anything for my job. I did not get there overnight. It took a lot of work AFTER graduation. I understand your struggle. When I was a new grad I had to work for a few months at $7 per hour doing something that was basically data entry. It was hard work making it up the ranks. But last year I earned about $90,000. The same opportunity is waiting for you, if you want it. Choose carefully, and make your decision based on what you really want to do, not necessarily on what market conditions and the crowd are telling you to do.
Let me just say that this is not just some flippant decision. I have struggled and struggled to find employment in my area of expertise. I came right out of college with my own company ( I was making about $60k / year during my senior year of undergrad ) which ran for a couple of years, until the big technology bust. It went under about this time last year.
I've been unemployed ever since.
I have spent a lot of time considering my current skills and education, my potential education, time investment v career payoff, etc...The conclusion that I have reached is that I am willing to invest another six years into education in a field with a high potential for financial security when I've finished.
This decision would certainly spark enthusiasm from my family. Nursing has a long history in my family, so it's in the blood, so to speak. Yes, I CAN do it. I know I can. Will I like it? Will I have a passion for it? Who can say? I'm willing to take the plunge, as I have NO OTHER PROSPECTS. Really, makes the decision a lot easier.
My father has been a CRNA for a long time, and he doesn't have a passion for it. He doesn't even necessarily like helping people. As a matter of fact, he doesn't even seem to like his job that much, but he does it and he provides for his family. And he spends a lot of time doing what he loves on his time off. Doesn't seem so bad to me.
I do have a gift. I can connect with people very quickly. I have a way of making them feel at ease. I can talk to them, no matter if they're wealthy, poverty stricken, old, young, fat, thin, male, female. I know people. And, deep down, I have a desire to help my fellow "man". I want to give back.
As most of my family is in health care already, I know a lot of the challenges they face, but they all say that it is very rewarding, in the end.