So traveling for 6 months after graduation has been the plan since before I started nursing school, but I'm terrified I'm going to be 100% out of luck finding a job when I get back. Initially, it was going to be a full year but that seems way too long to take off from the real world. My FI is a professor and has 2 spans of sabbatical over the course of his first 9 years teaching. During that time, he doesn't teach and focuses on research. It's common for people to travel during this time and that's been our plan for quite some time-- spend some time traveling before locking down and popping out babies. He's already arranged to research for a university in Italy, so that's going to be where we're living.
Before starting school, I spoke with two instructors asking advice on the situation. They both told me that I should just "keep my license up," (I had no idea what that even meant when I started school) and I should be okay.
Now I'm 2 months from graduation and the move is being planned. Yesterday, my clinical instructor asked me, "aren't you moving when you graduate?" and I told her the situation. I'm hoping to be able to do SOMETHING related to nursing while I'm there and I've been talking to someone at the US army base about working in the clinic there, but I'm under the impression it would be volunteer and I'd probably be taking a lot of blood pressures and not much else. Working in nursing through the Italian government is not an option due to there laws and qualifications.
Anyway, my instructor told me that she thinks there's no way in hell I'll find a job when I get back, if I don't really keep up my skills. I live in CT where, just like everywhere else jobs aren't super easy to find, but there out there for new grads.
Any thoughts? I'm considering a few things: enrolling in a master's level course online, while I'm away so at least I'm still advancing my knowledge base and/or taking a refresher course when I return. I'd appreciate any advice!
I think you're wise to take it before you leave for a couple of reasons. First off, might as well take it ASAP while memory is fresh. Secondly, when you return, you can hit the ground running with your job search.
In terms of your job search, I think a 6-month absence will likely hurt you in some ways. For instance, by the time you return, there will be a new crop of "new" grads to apply for new grad positions. You will then be an "old" new grad and possibly not qualified for some of the new grad positions. I really doubt, however, that you'd need a refresher course after only 6 months.
However, this is your life and you and your FI have made plans that meet both your needs. Most life choices do have consequences.
Enjoy your sabbatical!
Last edit by roser13 on Oct 19, '11