Any other "second career" students out there? - page 2

Are there any other second career students out there? Or older students? I am attending nursing school after an 18 year career in I/T Learning and Development and I'd like to hear about the... Read More

  1. by   Spatialized
    I'm pretty much in the same boat. 29, with 1 1/2 semesters left (May 12th! ).
    First change was when I realized in college that I no longer wanted to be a teacher. Finished a liberal arts degree and joined the airline industry. Spent 5 years loading cargo planes, all the way from grunt on the ground to the manager of my station. Post-9/11 came to see that my job was no longer as good as it might have been and decided to make the switch. So 2 years later, 2000 miles away I'm where I am, ready to finish school and get going.

    Good luck to all of you, it will happen!
    Tom
  2. by   RDH-NrsgStudent
    I'm also a second career student. I'm a dental hygienist (have been for 11 yrs. now) and have become VERY burned out on the monotony of teeth! I'm 35 yrs. old, married, and have two sons (ages 6 and 9).

    Even though I have lots less study time now than I did the first time I was in college, I'm finding I'm doing LOTS better in school. As corny as it sounds, I'm finding that "life experience" and maturity really have influenced the way I've been learning and studying. I've got a 4.0 so far (***crossed fingers***).

    CAN'T WAIT to become an RN (I'll be 40 by the time I finish pre-req's, get off the waiting list and finish nursing school, but I'm excited nonetheless! LOL)

    Angel
    Last edit by RDH-NrsgStudent on Oct 7, '05
  3. by   Staric
    [font=Comic Sans MS]HI...
    [font=Comic Sans MS]I am 34 and have been a juvenile probationer officer for 9 years.. I have two kids under the age of 5. I have a B.S and although I like my job, I am really burned out...I only needed a few pre-req's and I decided to take them one at a time. My big challenges so far are studying in between work, kids and husband ...And the finances.. Not sure to quit my job entirely or do a part time Nursing program while working...There are wait list's out here where I live in ALL the programs and although I was hoping to apply after I get my 10 year Vesting on my retirement plan (next May) - The wait is seeming to be LONG- I am excited to get started and get going...I am not sure how old I will be when I am done, but right now, I don't care, as long as I am good at what I do and take care of myself...It is exciting to see I won't be the only older person in my classes, as it seems there is a trend of people returning to work or starting a second career... Good Luck to Everyone staric
  4. by   S.N. Visit
    I'm a licensed cosmetologist and have been a stay at home mom of 3, for a little over 10 years.
  5. by   selaz
    Hi ---I am 33 and have been working in the pet products industry since I finished my B.S. (Biology). Currently, I work in marketing as a product manager. It really is a lot of fun sometimes ( I love dogs and cats), but that passion for learning about marketing just isn't there. I took the GMAT (for business school) and did really well....but the thought of going to b-school did nothing for me. I realized that I am just not motivated by money. I always wanted to be in healthcare...but the time/money to go back to school wasn't there. While in college, I wanted to be a pharmacist, hence the Bio degree --but I volunteered in a hospital and hated it. I need a more hands-on role. Nursing occurred to me...plus my mother is a nurse.
  6. by   robmom1
    Quote from Selaz
    Hi ---I am 33 and have been working in the pet products industry since I finished my B.S. (Biology). Currently, I work in marketing as a product manager. It really is a lot of fun sometimes ( I love dogs and cats), but that passion for learning about marketing just isn't there. I took the GMAT (for business school) and did really well....but the thought of going to b-school did nothing for me. I realized that I am just not motivated by money. I always wanted to be in healthcare...but the time/money to go back to school wasn't there. While in college, I wanted to be a pharmacist, hence the Bio degree --but I volunteered in a hospital and hated it. I need a more hands-on role. Nursing occurred to me...plus my mother is a nurse.

    I'm right there with you guys. Stay-at-home mom of two little ones with a BS in Psychology and several years of HR Management before children. I am taking one pre-req a semester and hope to apply to nursing school when my youngest starts school. I want to do something that matters when I return to work, not just push paper! Good luck to everyone.
  7. by   Sarah Bellum
    Count me in this group too! I'm 36 and for 20 years I have worked in customer service in one capacity or another, never as a "career" though I have a degree in music education. I'm currently working part time in a call center for a shipping company.

    I just started taking prereqs and will be going to a 14 month accelerated RN program (BSN) once I finish the 6 classes I need to be accepted. I have an almost 8 year old autistic son and just found out I'm pregnant again (finally!) and due in June, just in time for summer break! So with just normal life I'm pretty busy. It will probably take me 2 years to finish prereqs so i expect I'll enter the program in the summer of 2007 or 8, depending on how it all works out.

    I'm totally looking forward to having an actual career though after I'm done with orientation to my first job (hopefully NICU) I plan to cut back my hours to part time. I still think it will be very fulfilling and I can't wait to get there!
  8. by   catwoman2
    Quote from Tanzanite
    I'm a licensed cosmetologist and have been a stay at home mom of 3, for a little over 10 years.
    Nice to see another Iowan on this site. I am starting the nursing program fall of 2006.Could have started this coming March but need the extra money that my job brings in so working as much as possible now to help out with the income loss while I am in school. Will work partitime on the graveyard shift(4 hours a night only) plus the company pays $2,000 dollars yearly towards school on this shift.
    Have all pre-req. done except A&P which I will take in the spring.Just got home from an overseas deployment so I am still winding down a little. It takes alot out of a person. Still have to attend MOS course this year for combat medic. Want to make this change happen soon.
    Take care ans stay in touch,
    catwoman2
  9. by   missninaRN
    I'm 42, and have worked a variety of jobs. I've been a pre-school teacher, substitute teacher at the elementary level, and a school cook. I also worked in retail sales and customer care for several years, and most recently, I was a phlebotomist.
    Up until now, I have worked only when I had to, and then it was just a matter of finding a place that would hire me with my limited education. (dropped out of college at the age of 19 to get married.) The phlebotomy job was the most interesting, and they did give me wonderful on-the-job training, but I still felt like I wasn't realizing my potential.
    I had not considered goingback to college because it just wasn't possible til now. None of my credits from 23 years ago would transfer, so here I am a college freshman going to school with kids who were in my son's high school class. I'm loving it and have found that I am an even better student now than I was way back when.
  10. by   Stephanie C
    Great to see all the other 2nd degree students out there!

    I am 32 and currently taking pre-reqs for nursing school. I actually have a degree in Sports Medicine, and have had many of the pre-reqs previously. The problem is that all my classes are more than 10 years old. At all the universities I have researched, this means that they are no longer eligible. It is a good refresher, but I wish I could get to nursing school faster!

    After my first degree, I worked in Physical Therapy for a while, and decided I couldn't go back to school right away. I got a job in coporate america. It was good for a while, but I can't do the politics, etc. that go along with corporate.

    I am berating myself for not discovering sooner that this was the path for me. While I worked PT in a hospital, I always thought that nurses were amazing. They worked so hard, knew so much, and made patients feel good.

    Getting on this site has strengthened my feelings about the good that nurses do. I can't wait to get back to school full time!
  11. by   Fergfrog
    Hi, I'm 45 and in my first semester (of 4) of an ADN program. Prior to this, I worked in H.R. for about 20 years, and left my full-time job of nine years just this past August right before school started. I have always wanted to go into nursing, but up until now could not afford to go to school full-time. I worked on my pre-req's for 3 years part-time while I was working.

    Lisa in TN
  12. by   cabo
    Quote from Stephanie C
    Great to see all the other 2nd degree students out there!
    I am 32 and currently taking pre-reqs for nursing school. I actually have a degree in Sports Medicine, and have had many of the pre-reqs previously. The problem is that all my classes are more than 10 years old. At all the universities I have researched, this means that they are no longer eligible. It is a good refresher, but I wish I could get to nursing school faster!
    I am in the same boat Stephanie,. I have an MS but it has nothing to do with nursing and I graduated 11 years ago so the pre reqs do not apply. Will you have to take everything over again? I am finding out as well that GPA matters also. The field is so competitive! Do you have to take a placement test?
  13. by   Stephanie C
    Quote from cabo
    I am in the same boat Stephanie,. I have an MS but it has nothing to do with nursing and I graduated 11 years ago so the pre reqs do not apply. Will you have to take everything over again? I am finding out as well that GPA matters also. The field is so competitive! Do you have to take a placement test?
    I am not sure about the placement test. I have to take all my science classes again. I know it is necessary becuase I don't remember all of my anatomy and physiology! I am not sure about the placement test. I just started looking at everything. Will you do an accelerated BSN? Where are you thinking of applying?

    I wish you the best of luck! I know it won't be easy.

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