I am currently a first year MBA student at Wharton, Upenn (4 months/1 semester into my program at one of the top MBA programs in the world). I have been questioning my career choices and going down the MBA path, I have always been interested in the medical field but since I am nearly 5 years out of undergrad and have not taken any of the science prereq classes necessary, I have always convinced myself from making such a radical switch. Now that I am in the MBA program I have seriously been giving thought to the option of a nursing career.
I have been agonizing over wether it is logical for me to continue doing this MBA. I can barely motivate myself to do any work (but I'm still passing) and feel no passion or call for what I am studying and can't even find a job or company I can imagine working in post MBA. The thing that gets me is I can't get past the pushing paper, cubicle 9 to 5 job.
My aim in life is not to make as much money as possible, so clearly I'm already in the wrong place. When I picture being satisfied in my career I think of high practicality, down to earth, high pressure, active but somehow still very hands on, the more to show for my work the better.
I know nursing is not for the faint of heart, and while I can't say I can imagine exactly what walking in the shoes of a nurse is like I've done my fair share of volunteering and most of my experience is in nonprofit down and dirty programs like AmeriCorps. I like to think if I can put up with being responsible for other people's lives 24/7 and sleeping in church basements all to be of service to small communities, I can hack it out in most jobs. Its my motivation that drives me, and I've lost it.
A couple of questions
: Does it sound like nursing would bring that motivation back from your experience? am i crazy to want to leave a top MBA program people would die to get into? is really a logical and realistic option for me?
... i would already be starting out at a disadvantage since i'm 26, now in debt from the Wharton MBA (although better to stop now than a year in), and still unsure of the best path for me...
am i just soul searching when instead i should be sucking it up and stick through this? i must disclose, i seem to have unfortunately developed a track record as a habitual career hopper through this quarter life crisis.
any thoughts, guidance, feedback, personal experiences, recommendations, anything really, would be much appreciated!
Although I am not leaving a top law school, I just quit 2 semesters short of my Masters in Business. I also have an Associates & Bachelors. I loathe going to a cubical every day, fighting morning traffic during my 45 minute commute, 9-5, ANYTHING office related. I couldn't even get myself out of bed towards the end, I had no sense of motivation. People think I'm crazy. I've always been interested in anything Science but was talked out of becoming a nurse by my family members that worked in the Health field. My problem right now is that the area that I live in, is small. Only 2 ADN options, a few BSN and a few hospital programs. I've been waiting 2 years to get in and everyday that goes by makes me rethink my craziness! Fingers crossed! Good luck!
Last edit by ookellzoo on Mar 11, '13