if this is your 2nd (or 3rd!) career what was your first?..m - page 3

I'm just curious, what was your previous career and why did you decide to make a change? Here are my answers: In my previous life I was a Paralegal for a large corporation.:specs: I... Read More

  1. by   sbic56
    It is fun to see where people have been...and why they move on. Interesting to see all the animal people, (vettech andnurs2b, kardut). I am near ready to move from nursing to some type of occupation with animals.
  2. by   WI-RN2be
    I decided to trade in my Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant position for a nursing one. I will graduate in May 2003 with an ADN.


    Sarah
  3. by   vettech
    Originally posted by sbic56
    It is fun to see where people have been...and why they move on. Interesting to see all the animal people, (vettech andnurs2b, kardut). I am near ready to move from nursing to some type of occupation with animals.
    Veterinary nursing is a wonderful job so long as you can tolerate really lousy pay. A lot of techs gripe about lack of respect but, I think they just haven't found the right clinic.

    Incidentally, the better paying vet tech jobs are working large animal and equine. But, IMHO, the most interresting jobs are those working with exotics.

    Just don't change jobs "because you love animals". You enter the veterinary field for the same reason you enter any other healthcare field, for the challenge. What other field can you work in in which you can do everything right and still lose the patient, do everything wrong and the patient live despite you?
  4. by   lisalpn
    I graduated high school in 96, went to college for respiratory therapy....decided that was NOT what I wanted to do.... In 98 when I finally quit college I went to a short program for phlebotomy.... I did that for three years.... right up until I graduated from nursing school in May.
  5. by   KC CHICK
    Graduated from HS in 1991. Yikes!!!!!....more than 10 yrs ago now.
    I have a cosmetology license as well as my RN. I was a hairstylist for three years before I started to move on in search of something that 'fit' me better. After I left the salon, I worked as an assistant mgr in a clothing store for 1.5yrs, then for a call center for 3 yrs.....before I started and as I went through my nursing program. Fortunately, the call center ( ADT Security Services) reimbursed me for my ENTIRE nursing education...couldn't beat it w/a stick. So, I never had the experience of working as a Nurse Tech while in school.

    Anne
  6. by   sbic56
    vettech

    I understand and agree with you completely about your statement about going into animal healthcare for the right reasons. I did go into nursing for the challenge as well as a desire to help people. Actually, I am thinking more towards becoming a groomer and pet sitter. I think I would have a hard time dealing with dying animals on a regualr basis and bad pet owners, (not that there won't be a few of those no matter where I work with animals.) I know you will be a good nurse having already been experienced in the field you are in. Just a different type of animal.
    Also, I think those going into nursing believing they will get the respect they are looking for may be dissappointed. That is one of nurses biggest complaints about the profession...lack of respect.
    Last edit by sbic56 on Jul 29, '02
  7. by   moni rn
    nursing will be my 2nd career, or will it be my 3rd?

    i am currently a wellness manager for a corporate exercise facility, but when i was working on my degree (sports medicine), i was an athletic trainer for our football & basketball team. i am a sports fanatic, so i loved athletic training. the one drawback with training was having a family & being there for my family is my ultimate goal & with all the traveling of training that was not going to work out. i hope that makes sense.

    good luck to everyone whether nursing is your 1st, 2nd, 3rd or more career choice! :d
  8. by   Kyle's Mom
    This is my first time posting - rather neat it's on this topic! Like Brenda, I was a flight attendant for Eastern as well. After Eastern folded, I went back to school a second time to pursue nursing. I then ran out of money and decided to return to work, this time with American Airlines, working in sales. I was laid off in 1999, so I decided to be a stay at home mom! Now, our son will be three next month and I am heading back to school!
  9. by   Beach_RN
    HI Kyles' s Mom.. I was originally based out of JFK, at the end of the show....I was supervising flight attendants out of LGA and EWR. Very nice to meet a fellow Eastern Airlines employee!
  10. by   Hooligan
    This has been such a neat topic! I feel so boring in comparison...

    Ever since I was little, I always wanted to be a vet...but later realized like some of the others that the odds were stacked against me. With no real comprehension of what else I wanted to do with my life other than be a vet I decided that graduating college and getting a job to start making some money was important so I got my BA in English. I also new I didn't want to teach English (I always preferred Science, go figure ) so I got a job for a large University in Chicago for the past 3 years. I am the Resource & Policy Analyst of a research unit within the University. Which basically means I am the Jane of all trades, if you will... I get resources for the focus groups (IOW...I go to the grocery store across the street and pick up food for said meetings), I supply the materials for classes and focus groups (IOW...I run to the library and check out the books and journals and make all the photocopies), and I am in charge of all the correspondence within the unit (IOW...I answer the phones and take messages). My duties also include being a part-time courier...when my bosses don't come in to work...I bring their work to them at their home and when they are in...I often times go to pick up their lunch. In all fairness though...I love my bosses! They are great people to work for and are very uncerstanding of my class schedule and have been very flexible with time off requests. I just know that in my heart, I was meant for more. I despise the commute in to work every morning...and am secluded in my office all day long...my bosses come in maybe once or twice a week and I am the only other person in our unit...I AM the unit!!!! with the exception of the occasional graduate assistant...if they bother to come in. I will be quitting my job either in August or December of 2003 and I can't wait!!! I am really looking forward to taking my classes and working in a field with other people! Anyway...that's my story!
  11. by   colleen10
    Hi all,

    I graduated H.S. in '93 and after that went to college for a degree in Agricultural Science. I graduated with a BS in winter '97.

    Was interested in Agriculture but realized my senior year that I wanted to move back to Pittsburgh to be with my family and all the jobs I could find related to my field were out in the middle of no where. So, I ended up working as a secretary at an Information Tech. company. I got to learn and experience different things - got to work for many different people and departments. Did a lot of recruiting / HR and planning conferences and tradeshows / Marketing. Started to realize, though, that it wasn't my "calling". Although I enjoyed what I did and the people I worked with I knew that I didn't have a "mind" for business. Also, I saw very clearly how women are treated in the business community and I did not want that for myself. I've actually had men tell me that because I am a young married woman they will not teach me what I need to know to be successful at my job because I could get pregnant and leave.

    Thought about going back into Agriculture but I also realized that working in an office was really nice compared to sweating or freezing outside and that I really need to work in a capacity where I get to interact a lot with others. Which, you don't get to do much in Ag. I also thought about becoming a Vet-Tech but the cost of schooling was so high and the pay was really low.

    Then, over a year ago I got laid off from my info. tech job and I realized that it was my opportunity to pursue nursing. My husband had me look for another job in HR or Marketing just to make sure that nursing was what I wanted to do but after 6 months I could not find anything at all. I also realized then that I did not want to leave my home (Pittsburgh) to find another job and if I stayed in Pittsburgh I would not be able to find a job.

    So, I decided that now was definately the time to start nursing. I currently work in a small sales office doing typing and I am taking some pre-req's. in the evenings. I'm also waiting to hear back on a CNA training / job position.

    Like another poster said, I don't have any illusions of what the nursing profession is, but I really feel that it I will enjoy what I do. Plus, I want to start a family in the next couple of years but I also want to work outside of the home and nursing will give me the ability to be a mom and work part-time.
  12. by   oldnewnurse
    I graduated from H.S. in 1968 (yes they did have electricity then), got a B.S. in 1972, got an MBA in 1998, traveled for a Baby Bell for 30 years, and realized I had wasted more than half of my working years doing something I didn't like. When I graduated from college the first time, there were 103 elements on the periodic chart; now there are 110. Obviously my science knowledge was outdated. I had to take some of the pre-
    reqs, test out of some others and will begin nursing school this September. I have been mistaken for several instructors, a parent of a student, even the dean of the college because of my gray hair. I wonder how this will be for me as a "old lady newbie" on the floor as we read so much about the experienced nurses vs. the new grads. I would be a tough, old bird to eat!

    Maybe there is a chance we can get the ball rolling on the SNOTF (student nurses over thirty-five) chat thing that Dublin started?

    Good luck to all of us!
  13. by   Love-A-Nurse
    originally posted by oldnewnurse
    i graduated from h.s. in 1968 (yes they did have electricity then), got a b.s. in 1972, got an mba in 1998, traveled for a baby bell for 30 years, and realized i had wasted more than half of my working years doing something i didn't like. when i graduated from college the first time, there were 103 elements on the periodic chart; now there are 110. obviously my science knowledge was outdated. i had to take some of the pre-
    reqs, test out of some others and will begin nursing school this september. i have been mistaken for several instructors, a parent of a student, even the dean of the college because of my gray hair. i wonder how this will be for me as a "old lady newbie" on the floor as we read so much about the experienced nurses vs. the new grads. i would be a tough, old bird to eat!

    maybe there is a chance we can get the ball rolling on the snotf (student nurses over thirty-five) chat thing that dublin started?

    good luck to all of us!
    and welcome to the board. i was nearing 8 years old when you graduated high school and excatly 10 years later i did graduated from high school. so, you are still young! congratulations on going back to school and all the best to you as you embark upon your nursing career! come back now, you here!

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