Career switch - from 6 figure salary - page 7

Just wanted to share my situation for those of you who are thinking of changing careers -- you are not alone! I currently work in the IT field and make 108k a year (in NJ). I have a 5 month old... Read More

  1. by   marys
    Hi BonemarrowRN..

    You are absolutely right. It took quite awhile to reach that level in IT. When it is gone, there is definitely a panic that sets in. But you deal with it.

    I think that there is soo much potential in the healthcare field, and you have to work at what you do. I get so tired of people thinking that success or money is supposed to be handed to you or that you are entitled to it without working for it. Now that I have vented.... Success it what YOU make out of your life.

    mar
  2. by   ProfRN4
    Quote from marys
    I get so tired of people thinking that success or money is supposed to be handed to you or that you are entitled to it without working for it. Now that I have vented.... Success it what YOU make out of your life.

    mar
    My husband is one of those people. He seems to think 'when' we have more $$, all of our problems will be solved :chuckle :chuckle NEWS FLASH, I'm going into nursing Ed!!! Obviously not for the $$$$. I also didn't think things were so bad, but our big issue is $$ for school. also he feels like he never sees our daughter (which is untrue). He's a paramedic supervisor, works 3 12 hr shift, with OT. He has no idea how lucky he is to see her as much as he does. Most daddies (and I guess mommies too) work 5 days, 8+ hrs a day. It's not so bad.
  3. by   June55Baby
    I agree Casper. No matter how far in advance I made my schedule or how carefully I planned, it seemed something always was came up on the Saturdays or evenings I was scheduled to work.

    Even though I worked part time, had great hours and wonderful co-workers, I missed lots of ball-games, a recital, taking my kids to birthday parties, etc., etc., etc. I also had to work holidays and that included Christmas or Christmas Eve, Easter, and Thanksgiving. My family learned to be flexible about when we celebrated holidays.

    Its a trade-off... there's no utopia.

    Now I have a Monday through Friday job with no weekends, hardly any nights and no holidays. But it took me so long to get here, my kids are grown.

    If I had it to do all over again.... I'd not change a thing. Nursing is all I ever wanted to do and I knew the weekends, holidays, and nights were a part of the job!

    Nursing is a wonderful profession and I wish you much good luck!
  4. by   PrincessDingaling
    My roomie is a Nurse, and I have learned so much from her. She works per diem in 2 hospitals (Yale New Haven and NYU Medical). She makes her own schedule at both. She works at New Haven when she wants to visit her parents once a month for a week. She works at NYU every other Saturday night. I cant think of any other job that could permit this.

    And, about Holidays and weekends.....I personaly dont know anyone who doesnt have to work on at least 2 Holidays a year. My cousin, who is a waitress, has to work every Christmas! Myother cousin (I am Greek, I have 100 cousins lol), who is in Computer Science and works for AT&T must switch every year....he gets either Christmas or New Years Eve off. My exboyfiend was in sales. Same deal with him.My current boyfriend, a musician. I was/am an actress prior to this. I worked just about all holidays! (The show must go on! :hatparty: )

    Ok, the money. Starting range here (granted, this is Manhattan) is about $43/hour. More for nights, and more for weekends. Depending on where you are, you can still make a good living (I personally know nurses here making near $100,000). I just think its most important to feel good about what you are doing. To feel that you are living your potential, and to care about your work. If IT does not fulfill this need for you, I would personally switch.


  5. by   ProfRN4
    Quote from PrincessDingaling
    To feel that you are living your potential, and to care about your work. If IT does not fulfill this need for you, I would personally switch.
    You've really captured the essence of this thread. And if everyone here (actually, all nurses in general) does not feel this way, maybe some of you are in the wrong profession. And if the $$ is so bad, what are you doing here anyway!!

    My best friend switched careers from ad sales to nursing (she'll be finished school in Dec.) After 9/11 (and being stuck in the city with no way home), she decided life is too short to be doing something with little rewards. I think about that often, when you're at a job like that and you're stressed, compared to being stressed b/c your patient is about to die...hmmmm
  6. by   Reena23
    I'm also thinking of going to school in the fall to become a RN. Right now, I'm an Office Manager and I'm 23 with a 2 year old. And I'm looking to find a career instead of just a 9-5 job. Everyone's telling me about nursing. Is it that great? I know there in need of them. Do they pay great? Are they that flexiable? Can you choose what floor you want to work on? Like i wouldn't mind being on the labor and delivery floor? Please reply if you know the answers to my questions.
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Quote from June55Baby
    I agree Casper. No matter how far in advance I made my schedule or how carefully I planned, it seemed something always was came up on the Saturdays or evenings I was scheduled to work.

    Even though I worked part time, had great hours and wonderful co-workers, I missed lots of ball-games, a recital, taking my kids to birthday parties, etc., etc., etc. I also had to work holidays and that included Christmas or Christmas Eve, Easter, and Thanksgiving. My family learned to be flexible about when we celebrated holidays.

    Its a trade-off... there's no utopia.

    Now I have a Monday through Friday job with no weekends, hardly any nights and no holidays. But it took me so long to get here, my kids are grown.

    If I had it to do all over again.... I'd not change a thing. Nursing is all I ever wanted to do and I knew the weekends, holidays, and nights were a part of the job!

    Nursing is a wonderful profession and I wish you much good luck!

    Great, realistic post.
  8. by   Reena23
    Quote from PrincessDingaling
    My roomie is a Nurse, and I have learned so much from her. She works per diem in 2 hospitals (Yale New Haven and NYU Medical). She makes her own schedule at both. She works at New Haven when she wants to visit her parents once a month for a week. She works at NYU every other Saturday night. I cant think of any other job that could permit this.

    And, about Holidays and weekends.....I personaly dont know anyone who doesnt have to work on at least 2 Holidays a year. My cousin, who is a waitress, has to work every Christmas! Myother cousin (I am Greek, I have 100 cousins lol), who is in Computer Science and works for AT&T must switch every year....he gets either Christmas or New Years Eve off. My exboyfiend was in sales. Same deal with him.My current boyfriend, a musician. I was/am an actress prior to this. I worked just about all holidays! (The show must go on! :hatparty: )

    Ok, the money. Starting range here (granted, this is Manhattan) is about $43/hour. More for nights, and more for weekends. Depending on where you are, you can still make a good living (I personally know nurses here making near $100,000). I just think its most important to feel good about what you are doing. To feel that you are living your potential, and to care about your work. If IT does not fulfill this need for you, I would personally switch.


    Hi, i also live in the NYC area (Brooklyn) and looking to start school in the fall for nursing do you know of any good schools to go for nursing besides NYU?
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    To those considering nursing,I strongly suggest shadowing nurses at work and talking to them about their careers. Canvass all the people you know and really SEE upfront what they do and then decide if it's for you. It is a wonderful career, one I love but definately NOT for everyone!
  10. by   ProfRN4
    Quote from Reena23
    Everyone's telling me about nursing. Is it that great? I know there in need of them. Do they pay great? Are they that flexiable? Can you choose what floor you want to work on? Like i wouldn't mind being on the labor and delivery floor? Please reply if you know the answers to my questions.
    Now that you've found this site, you should get the answers you want. Unfortunately, you'll get more than your share of answers. Ask people you know (if you know any nurses). Getting into the specialty you want is not as easy as we'd like it to be (L&D is a perfect example). Also, after reading this thread, 'great pay' means different things for everyone. You're young and have a child, and will make more than you do now. But money should not be a consideration right now, when you consider the amount of school, and the commitment you need to give it. Do it baecause you want to be a nurse.
  11. by   Reena23
    Quote from bonemarrowrn
    Now that you've found this site, you should get the answers you want. Unfortunately, you'll get more than your share of answers. Ask people you know (if you know any nurses). Getting into the specialty you want is not as easy as we'd like it to be (L&D is a perfect example). Also, after reading this thread, 'great pay' means different things for everyone. You're young and have a child, and will make more than you do now. But money should not be a consideration right now, when you consider the amount of school, and the commitment you need to give it. Do it baecause you want to be a nurse.
    Thanks for the advice. What school did you attend to become a nurse?
  12. by   Quickbeam
    I was surprised the original poster didn't look into part time IT work. More time off, more time with child.

    I agree with those who say that most nursing jobs are the least flexible of any work I've seen. I'm a career change nurse and was not prepared for that. As evidenced by many posts, there are some nice RN careers out there which allow you to have the schedule of your choice...I work M-R, 10 hour days, no weekends, no holidays. It did take 20 years to find that job, however!

    Re: the idea of nursing as ideal for parents of young kids...well, I can't let anyone walk away from this thread thinking that. If you think the waters part and that people are anxious to fill your holidays, sick kid days, maternity leaves, etc etc...whew, so wrong. Every worker deserves equal respect, not just parents of young kids. You will rapidly become a persona non grata if you are constantly begging people to cover kiddee birthdays, ear aches, Christmas, etc. for you. Just fair warning.
  13. by   rhp123
    I have tons of classmates who work in IT field. Half of them already made switches because they could not find a job.

    I know some IT person who make more than you, and some of them, especially woman, are thinking what are they going to do in the 40s. IT field especially discrimates against old people. Experience does not count since techology change so fast. More experience just make a person more expensive and work against them.

    To makes things worse, jobs are losing to Asia and East Europe at a very fast pace, and nobody see this trend weakens at this time. In New York City alone, since 2000, jobs in IT field decreases by almost 40%.

    So I think better to switch in mid-thirties than in mid-forties when you have to at that time.

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