Both of my parents were from Europe, so I understand that there are cultural misconceptions about certain professions here in the states.
This is what you tell your parents:
Almost 90% of all those that have a law degree and have passed the bar in their own state are NOT practicing law. Getting a law practice or even getting hired and getting clients, is not the 6-figure job right out of college that so many young lawyers think it is, and parents like yours think it may be. There are many, many broke lawyers, and I have met plenty of them. You have to get out and market yourself, and it can take years to build a practice. I'm not saying no one does it, but it's rarer than people think it is.
Alot of law practice is considered a "luxury" practice. Alot of them don't get paid by their clients, you can sue, but you can't sweeze blood out of a turnip. When the economy takes a turn, many of these attorney's take a financial hit.
They have to pay into Errors and Ommissions insurance which can be very expensive, they have alot of expenses such as paying for paralegals, secretaries, etc. Even if you work for someone else's practice, you are expected to contribute significantly to these costs, and you can be operating at a loss before you turn a profit.
Law school, an AVERAGE one, is about $20,000 per year. Tons of young lawyers are graduating and have trouble paying the loans back because they have $80K in debt when they graduate. Few get scholarships
. You can no longer bankrupt student loans if you get in trouble, with the recent changes in the bankruptcy laws. You can thank Doctors and Lawyers for that change.
Now, with that said, lets look at nursing. One of the reasons your parents may be 'down' on nursing is that the "prestige" of the profession may not have been high with nurses in the country where they are from. It was like that for a long time here in the USA...RN's were treated as labor, they did everything from giving baths to washing out syringes (yes, they used to use glass ones and re-sterilize them), and any other type of cleaning projects. Orderly's are what they had for a long time, which was men that were used to physically restrain patients or to help in moving a body, but they were janitors more than anything else.
Tell them if you get a BSN and then go to graduate school you will get the SAME level of education as an attorney, and if you get your certification to either be a Nurse Anethetist or a Nurse Practitioner, you will be making MORE than most attornies.
Tell them you are taking your pre-req's in order to save money. That's the truth. They have to get over their misconceptions that community colleges are substandard institutions just like an apple isn't a substandard fruit to an orange. They are just different and designed to do two different things.
The Nursing profession has worked for many years in this country to increase it's level of prestige and they have succeeded by leaps and bounds. Nursing used to be what single women did when they didn't get married and didn't want to teach, now you have people from all walks of life getting into nursing.
Take care, I really hope it works out for you.
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Hi all,newbie here.
I think I am going to try to get into nursing school
. I graduated high school a year early and had no clue what I wanted to do. I went to a university and was undeclared. So this year I left my school since they did not have a nursing major and also it just wasnt a match like I thought. My interest in nursing came to me 2 years ago, when I volunteered at a hospital during high school and over time I began admiring and befriending the nurses there and after reflecting on my time there, I think I may have found what I want to do.
My parents are devastated that I left the university and began taking pre-reqs at the cc in my city.I want to transfer to a university and get my BSN. My parents are calling me a failure because I am not going the route they wanted which is a lawyer (they are immigrants and value education a lot, I do too.)I tried explaining why you have to be a hard worker to be a nurse.
I am fearful that I wont get into a school when I apply since I lurk here and see stories of qualified people being passed over and having to wait to apply again. I am going to work hard but it seems no matter what I do bad things continue to happen to me. I feel like I am stuck! Has anyone here experienced that feeling?