Quote from Cg37387n
I am brand new to this website, and I am currently a student (male not that it matters..) at Pace University. The shocking thing is I am in Accounting and Taxation.
The main reason I am stressed is because I am wanting to switch my major to Nursing. Which ultimately means, I will more than likely transfer to my Community College (Orange County Community College - NY) and hope to get into the program.
I believe it is the AAS in Nursing. Not quite sure, but I have been thinking about this for a very long time.
With Accounting, I find that I am just WAY too young to be sitting behind a desk for the rest of my life. I have talked to my mom, and she stands behind me no matter..
If anyone is willing to give me advice, I'd be glad to hear it out.
I'm a dude too (almost 38 years young!) who switched careers from the Computer Science/Programming arena to nursing about three years ago. I understand your logic about not sitting behind a desk for the majority of your life, since that is ultimately what challenged me to get out of the software development field. I got sick and tired
of living in a cubicle for 14-16 hours a day, and then (sometimes) crawling under my desk to a makeshift mattress made out of my coat to sleep.
Keep in mind that wasn't an everyday occurrence, just during the dot-com boom of the late 90's and early '00s. But you get the picture I'm trying to paint
In those times that I wasn't forcing myself to play 'sleepover' under my desk, I would trudge myself home and wonder if my only contribution to this world would be some software/hardware that my company du-jour would use to increase their corporate profit. I wasn't making any sort of difference; I was a number in an Excel spreadsheet for project management to tout in an effectiveness seminar!
I decided to get out and make my mark as a nurse, and no matter how cruddy its been to re-track my education from engineering to the health sciences, I don't regret it for a single moment. I am still a student nurse, but just in the few months of clinical experience that I have been exposed too, I feel more "connected" towards something that I want to do
versus something that I feel forced
I was made to help other people. Yes, its not always glamorous nor does it always smell nice -- but I'm interacting with humans
rather than silicon circuit pathways or software routines. Humans will remember the small impact I've made on their lives if only for a few weeks, but that's better than what I would have received in the software industry.
This is after having some major input into such things as the first commercial Internet browser (Netscape Navigator), the first version of the video game "Unreal", and the first Pentium processor from Intel. None of that means squat
from what I have received by the small clinical experiences I've already had.
Is it sugarcanes and roses? No. Is the job market awesome right now? No. However, by the time you are done with your program the job market might change. Nobody knows what the future holds. The only thing I know is that I am more enthused about what I do for a living than I have been.
Sorry for the rant. I hope you enjoy whatever choice you make.