Quote from HouTx
It's only natural to question your career choices if you are unable to get a job in your chosen field. In view of your academic achievements, I have no doubt of your ability to successfully cope with the rigors of nursing education. BUT - Switching from an academic path to Nursing would be a complete 180 in terms of the nature of the work and working environment. Imagine working from 7pm to 7 am - including every other weekend; unable to join your family on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day because you have to work; forbidden to take more than 5 sequential days off at a time - this will be your reality.
Thanks so much for your input. I really, really appreciate your honesty. I think part of my challenge will be learning how to work like that again. I did it during my undergrad and at times it was tough. Going to work at 2pm and getting off at 6am the next day to go to an 8am biology class.
I actually never had a job in my field, except as a grad assistant. Most of what I did was social work related because of my volunteer experience and connections back in Texas. I was also a nanny. And it was all mediocre....it paid the bills.
My husband and I don't have children, and I've come to accept the reality that there's a chance that might not happen.
I just really want something that I am so passionate about, something that has meaning, because then I'm willing to work very, very hard. Something that is going to challenge me. I feel that I'm a very smart person, but all of that is going down the drain because I'm not using it. Something that pays well-enough to pay my student loans down and save money (we live pretty simply). Something that can potentially be done anywhere no matter where we live. Because I hate to admit this (and I NEVER thought I'd be this person), right now, my husband's career comes first. Something to get me out of the babysitter trap I've found myself in. And something more meaningful than office work.
See, I got my master's in geography, because I didn't know what in the hell I wanted to do. And, then when I graduated from that and I still didn't know, so I went along with PhD and being a professor seemed okay enough. Even if I wanted to finish my PhD there are no programs around here. And even if I did, I still don't think I'd find much meaning in it in the end and the job situation wouldn't be any better.
Most people I know love their jobs or are at least passionate about their field and can see themselves moving up. I want that. I just feel so, so, so stuck.
Wow....I needed to say all of that. Haha.