brandy1017 28,311 Views
Joined Jun 30, '02.
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Since you know what you want and it is not easy to come by do you have any connections from your chemist days to get a foot in the door. I just watched some inspiring Ted talks on Youtube about getting the attention and response from hiring managers. Check out Why your job applications are getting ignored by Jean-Michel Gauthier and another one How to land your dream job with one email by Edward Druce. They offer a couple different ideas about getting noticed to help get the job you want. There are others on youtube that I haven't viewed. Maybe they will give you some ideas to help you find the job you are really interested in.
I don't envy them and after reading other comments I realized nothing I say is adequate in the face of what others have gone through or are going through. I wish everyone that is struggling peace and healing.
I'm a licensed psychologist working for a federal agency. I've been thinking about lack of job flexibility as I get older, with plans to work a long time because I'm in great health and have no reason to stop. I've also developed a great love for working with mind/body condtions (board certified in biofeedback and lots of experience now with chronic pain, insomnia, and all kinds of stress-related disorders), and I've begun to really thinking about a career change to nursing. If I got into school in the next couple of years (and truly left my other career behind), I'd have an Associates and be starting as a new nurse in my late 50s. It's a late start and a big pay cut. But I think I'd love the work (probably in a local hospital setting depending on what opportunities are there) and would be in it for the long haul. I've been a psychologist for 22 years. Any thoughts? Will a brand new baby nurse get hired at age 57 or 58? Can I keep up with this younger generation (whom, by the way, I deeply respect and find to be so very smart and resourceful)? Will I even get a chance to try?
I wouldn't recommend nursing. You've got a good gig with great federal benefits, why throw it away to be overworked and stressed to the max and end up with more student loans. Flexibility? Why because 12 hour shifts? I can't think of any good reason to give up what you have now.
I'm not interesting in rehashing all the negatives, read thru my many posts and those of others. If you are smart you'll stay where you are. You can always volunteer at a hospital or nursing home if you feel the need to make more of a difference.
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