Anyone start their career late in Life? - page 15

I would be happy to hear from anyone here that started their career late in life, perhaps Nursing is a second career. For a number of reasons, I am seriously considering changing careers, and for a... Read More

  1. by   kgkarma
    Quote from MarieD
    Just curious - what type is your occupation now? - I'm starting an RN program in the fall of 2006 (I'm 60) - I've been working in accounting and real estate for my whole working life so this will be a total change for me - although it is what I have always wanted to do.

    Not so fast Judithlane. I just turned 62 and have not been excepted into program yet. After this semester, I'll have 2 more prereq's to take.
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    I use to work in corporate America as a sales support rep. got laid off at 60 years old and have been working part time for the city while going to school. My part time job just ended last Friday so now I have to seriously look for scholarships.

    Scholarships seem to be easier to get once you're in program.

    Wish some of you 50+ was in this anatomy class I'll be attempting this week.
  2. by   MarieD
    Scholarships and financial aid - the state school system is always much cheaper although can be more competitive -good luck with your A & P class - I'm sure you'll do great!

    I use to work in corporate America as a sales support rep. got laid off at 60 years old and have been working part time for the city while going to school. My part time job just ended last Friday so now I have to seriously look for scholarships.

    Scholarships seem to be easier to get once you're in program.

    Wish some of you 50+ was in this anatomy class I'll be attempting this week.[/quote]
  3. by   The Nursinator
    Toddster -

    Just how do you define "late in life"? I'll get my RN this May at age 56. Based on my mom's health, this is still early in life. Based on dad's bad luck, I should give up all hope and wonder why I'm not dead yet.

    I'm betting on mom's genes and may go on for my MSN.

    Good luck!

    Brian
  4. by   MarieD
    I'm 60 and won't have my RN until I'm 62 - but I have a lot on energy - like you I hope I got my mother's genes - in that case I'll have a long career!

    Quote from The Nursinator
    Toddster -

    Just how do you define "late in life"? I'll get my RN this May at age 56. Based on my mom's health, this is still early in life. Based on dad's bad luck, I should give up all hope and wonder why I'm not dead yet.

    I'm betting on mom's genes and may go on for my MSN.

    Good luck!

    Brian
  5. by   deeoct1961
    Happy New Year to Everyone. I too did a change in careers later in life. I am 44 and got my LPN license last May and am working toward my RN, tho I have taken a break til next fall to give my brain a rest! LOL. Good luck. I can safely say, I wasn't the oldest in my class, there were several people older than me that were changing careers.
  6. by   mocha2222
    Thanks so much!!!!!!!
  7. by   mocha2222
    Good luck Brian!!!!
  8. by   Aquamarine
    Quote from toddster
    I would be happy to hear from anyone here that started their career late in life, perhaps Nursing is a second career. For a number of reasons, I am seriously considering changing careers, and for a number of reasons am looking at a career as a Nurse as a possibility. I am a 44/yo Male with a BA and a Masters degree, though not in life sciences, BA in business and Masters in Information Systems. I would be most appreciative to anyone with similar circomstances to share their experiences. I will be reposting this every few days so If I offend, I extend my humble appology in advance.

    Thanks,

    Todd
    I was a nutritionist for 15yrs. and decided to go back and try to graduate before I turned 60...I graduated at 58yr. and I was the oldest in the class!
  9. by   JudithLane
    Oh, m'gosh!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you to MarieD and KgKarma and The Nursinator (Brian) and Nancy K and to all the others that are responding to this thread. At 60, after leaving 28 years of being a psychiatric social worker, I knew that I needed a change and also knew that I would want and need to work until at least age 70 or more. I am always the oldest in my pre-req classes----but have the highest grades!! (Let's hear it for age!) I do wish that all of you were here in Alabama----after age 60 tuition is free----they call it a "Senior Scholarship"!!! Registration fees and books,etc., must be paid, but the savings are enormous. I am highly energetic and motivated----the alternative is to continue to work as a therapist forever.....gads. So, again, thanks to all of you. Each of you responding in this thread has my support and I will always be sending positive energy your way!
  10. by   DEM
    I'm a new user to this forum and just ran across this post tonight; didn't read all the way through, but what I did read has sure been encouraging. I went back to school @ age 40 (got a BS many moons ago...Textiles et Clothing Merchandising...just meant I was an over-educated sales clerk...really didn't like retailing, so spent 14 years working in financial institutions...everything from PBX operator to mortgage loan originator), got my ADN @ 42 and have now been a nurse for 9 years. Am currently working on an adult psych unit @ a university hospital...et am looking @ forensic nursing. Figure I have at least 15 years left in the work force...probably more! Glad to see so many other "oldsters."
  11. by   Faeriewand
    I'm starting CNA class tomorrow morning and if all goes as planned will begin LVN school this fall. Will be 45 by then and will graduate at 46 1/2 and will continue my education to become an RN. I've been a student off an on since I graduated HS in 1979! As I get older I get better at being a student. When I was younger I had a tendency to forget the things I learned the minute I stepped out of class. I'm better able to handle the work load of studying and retaining what I learned. I've read that so many others said how hard it was for them to become a student again and they had a hard time concentrating. Well I can say that as I grow older it most definitely gets easier. Except now I have a family that makes all kinds of noise when I'm trying to do homework.

    Now after this thread I will never again worry that I am getting too old.

    Keep posting everyone! This thread has been truly inspirational.

    I too wish there was a forum(?) for us 2nd and 3rd career people - those of us who changed careers in mid-life, who are older and living in "the best years"
  12. by   logic2go
    Hey Todd,
    Just go for it--I am 53 and just finishing LVN training and I love it! It is a third career for me; I have a BS in Business. I plan to go on for my RN. If you enjoy something, it doesn't matter how old you are. Being more "mature nurses," we bring wisdom and life experience into the classroom and the clinical setting--the patients love us and are comfortable with us because we are older.
  13. by   MarieD
    Thanks for the postive energy! - and good luck to you - we too have the same free tuition benefit in Massachusetts after the the age of 60.

    Quote from JudithLane
    Oh, m'gosh!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you to MarieD and KgKarma and The Nursinator (Brian) and Nancy K and to all the others that are responding to this thread. At 60, after leaving 28 years of being a psychiatric social worker, I knew that I needed a change and also knew that I would want and need to work until at least age 70 or more. I am always the oldest in my pre-req classes----but have the highest grades!! (Let's hear it for age!) I do wish that all of you were here in Alabama----after age 60 tuition is free----they call it a "Senior Scholarship"!!! Registration fees and books,etc., must be paid, but the savings are enormous. I am highly energetic and motivated----the alternative is to continue to work as a therapist forever.....gads. So, again, thanks to all of you. Each of you responding in this thread has my support and I will always be sending positive energy your way!

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