Hi there! I am trying to make a decision between Nursing and Speech Pathology. I already have an MBA as you can tell from my user id, and 10 years of sales experience, including 5 in pharma. I don't want to do sales anymore as it is unpredictable...I want a real career.
I feel that a Bachelor's in Nursing will be a good fit with my MBA, but I don't like the idea of working crazy shifts, being on your feet all day, and the relatively low pay. With the Nursing degree I don't really have to be a nurse....I could go into medical sales or something else. But again, that's sales. Overall though the nursing degree is broader than speech pathology and could be applicable to many areas. The Bachelor's degree is a 16 month program and costs $16,000. I could eventually get a Master's but the thought of another 2 years is exhausting!
A Master's in Speech Pathology will pay better, and I would still be helping people. However I want to work with adults, stroke victims, etc, so the idea of working with kids, playing with dolls, to get them to pronounce words etc is dreadful to me! That eliminates half of the patient population! I also would not work in the school as the pay is totally ridiculous/low. So I would want to work in a Nursing Home, Home Care, or Hospital, (although I hear it's hard to get on with a hospital). They pay is btter as an SLP, starting at $60k in a medical setting. With my MBA, I think I could get a management position overseeing the therapists in the nursing homes, etc. This program is 24 months long and costs $40,000.
The final piece is that I would be starting a program next year, when I turn 35. Time is important to me now as I am still single and would like to get married, have a family, etc. I want to start a new career as soon as possible.
If anyone has suggestions for another route, please let me know! People tell me that I should be able to get a job with my MBA, but all I have ever done and am qualified for is sales. I don't even know what else there is! I am at a crossroads in my life and appreciate any advice you have to offer! I'm afraid to make a wrong decision!