I am a new grad, just graduated on May 16th. I've been looking for RN jobs since February and been on 4 interviews and have not been job offered. After hearing "we are not hiring any new grads" time and time again, I became very discourged and tried to apply for tech jobs, and heard I was "too qualified" for those positions. I have just about given up.
In the meantime, I'm a single mother with a mortgage and a car payment. My savings ran out mid May and I am almost 2 months behind on my mortgage.
I will sit for boards in early July, as I am waiting on my ATT. Hopefully, I'll get it via e-mail by tomorrow. The BON had an issue with my name and I had to get it corrected. In the meantime, I've been looking for jobs in nursing as well as outside of nursing. My main concern was trying to keep a roof over my head.
I left a very stable career to attend nursing school
full time. I have a good work ethic and a corporate background, so I was applying for jobs in the corporate setting as well.
Here is the issue: I've been granted an interview with a prestigous Railroad company and the pay is damn good, possibly more than starting off as a new grad. This is a very hard company to get hired on, and it's usually by word of mouth. The good thing was this railroad was advertising to the public for the first time in a long time and I submitted my resume not thinking much of it. Low and behold, they are VERY interested in my corporate skills and it didnt hurt that I have a BSN. One side of me see this as an opportunity to get my financial house back in order, but the other side of me is torn, since I know the corporate world is NOT my passion. I'm basically doing what I have to to, to get where I need to be. But this is once in a lifetime chance, and I'm scared it may not come around again. Then I'm afraid if a new grad position does come up, I will probably be too "comfortable" in the money I'll be possibly making with the Railroad, which is the main reason why I stayed in corporate for so long in the first place, but not fufilled.
If I do take this job, how can I keep my license current? Would taking an ACLS class or getting other certifications help? Or should I turn this job down and "wait" on nursing to come back around? In the meantime, I may be on the verge of losing my home.
It's clear what I NEED to do, but I guess I need confirmation that I'm doing the right thing.