Quote from Donald11
I disagree with your advice. Getting a job will make it much harder to get through NS. Concentrate on your studies.
Not only that, but it could spell end of WIA or TAA money for an adult. For example, there was on job for me (my skill set) in the town that I reside in, and a buyout-merger-RIF eliminated my job. Since my job was lost to foreign competition, and I was a RIF with no possibility of recall, and that company's job elimination was granted a Trade Act petition, I get TAA for education, but I'll lose my TRA extended unemployment portion because it takes to dam long to start a RN program and I could not stay on waiver that long. LPN or trade school retraining didn't make any sense given my intellect and educational background. So long as I can't get a job at 80% of my former pay, AND I don't use that TAA for any namby-pamby lil' retraining, I have $20,000-something to use toward RN.
So, to get "a" job fast, I could go get a CNA, or I could become a truck driver (get a CDL.) Okay, then I have employable skills, and there are jobs for that in my area. So, time to start RN school rolls around, we submit the paperwork, and the State says "Oops, you can work as a CNA for $8/hr, or you can go get an OTR truck driver job, and we DENY you that $20k-something that you planned to use for RN. Additionally, you have employable skills, AND you were covered by a Trade Act petition, so we won't give you any WIA money, either."
Getting experience is a great thing, but the displaced worker adult students sometimes have to walk a tightrope and choose whether getting some irrelevant (so far as nursing goes) experience but for a health care provider is worth giving up $8000 or $27,000 in retraining dollars.
I have loads of experience in science and technology with a major corporation, and a resume that says I have a brain and am a self-starter. I hope that experience will count for something in a career change. Much of the problem I have encountered is that nursing and hospital admins often do not have a very broad educational background outside of nursing or health, and many have no freakin' idea what they see when they look at my transcript and resume. Yet, they'd better get up to speed, b/c men entering nursing might have some manufacturing or trades or business background. Not spending one's entire life in child rearing and nursing does NOT make one stupid or incompetent. I found, with my background, I was well-received at the more urban programs, and the little country mamma schools like Sharon didn't have the slightest clue about my abilities, because they only know hospital, school, or mill laborer types of careers.