Last week I received a letter from the mail regarding to go for an interview to work for the USPS. I'am about to start nursing school this month and I forgot about the postal exam i took 2 years ago. Now that Im going to start school this comes up. Should I go for the Postal or continue to pursue my nursing dream? I really want to become a Nurse but now I'm stuck with this major decision. What all of you think I should do go for the postal job or continue on with college?
Jan 14, '03
Do you have to make a one-or-the-other choice? Why not do both?? Work the 10 years in the post office for your federal pension. You can always go to nursing school after that.... or even go part time while youre working as a letter carrier. You'll have to take pre-requisites before your nursing courses & they are not hard to find as evening courses that can be taken after work. Take it slow but steady & by the time you retire from the post office, you can already have your RN license, along with the benefits of a federal govt job.
And as the laws we are working on today come to pass, and a real shortage in numbers of nurses takes hold in the next few years, there will be more financial assistance available to you to finance your nursing education.
When you finally retire from nursing, and have your gov't pension from the post office, you'll be in a much better financial position than those of us who only worked as nurses all these years & have no real pensions at all.
Last edit by -jt on Jan 14, '03
Jan 14, '03
I was a walking carrier for 3 months. I absolutely hated it. It may have just been the postmaster at my post office, or it may have just been that the job and I weren't compatible. I *thought* the pay was great, but looking back, it really wasn't that great. I was a PTF or part-time flexible carrier. When you interview they tell you wonderful things like "you'll work about 20 hours/week" etc. I was putting in 60+ hours every week. My postmaster talked to me like I was a DOG. This was in another state that during the 3 months I was there had snow storms, flooding, ice storms, and temps over 90. You absolutely do have irate customers in the PO. I had a lady call up and complain that I had thrown up on her shrub. I had another call and say that I had torn the door off their mailbox. It was endless. Worst job ever. The benefits were superb, but that didn't make up for the rest of it.
Oh--also, espeically if you are the lowman on the totem pole...don't count on having Sundays and holidays off. People do work them. I did.
Last edit by memphispanda on Jan 14, '03