Anyone start their career late in Life? - page 96

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... Read More

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    I quit teaching High School after 16 yrs and went to LVN school at the age of 40. I graduated RN school last december at 45 yrs of age. glad I did it, Love it. My wife says that was my midlife crisis. LOL
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    Congratulations! You did it and it's in your pocket. Good job.
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    I'll probably be 30ish by the time I'm done - maybe older!!
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    At any age, a fresh change is good. Empower your mind and the possibilities are endless.
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    I just turned 48 today and am on my way to getting my BSN. It has been a long and difficult road. The most stressful part was getting into a program because the competition is so fierce, but now that I'm here and facing two more years of clinicals it seems like a cake walk, or should I say it's nothing I can't handle. You see, at this age I can give my studies the attention they deserve. I am not out trying to have a social life at the same time. I have made friends with others my age throughout the different schools and classes that I have attended and we keep in touch, supporting each other. Being older, we are just in a different place than the typical younger students, we have had different careers, raised families etc. What has helped me is to become a certified nurses assistant. It is hard, grueling work but it has given me a taste of what I'll be facing, and it's not all pretty. Personally, I think it should be required of all nursing students so they know what they're getting into.

    I remember the news reporting on a woman who at the age of 100 finally got her bachelors degree and the next day died. The only thing I could think of was that she probably would still be alive if she had planned on getting her master degree.

    If there is a will, there is a way.

    Good luck
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    I am on this site for the same reason as the OP. I am 31, have been working in administrative, which eventually led to sales, then HR for the past 12 years; and I am in the midst of completing a Masters in Org. Leadership. I have no desire to be in this setting, make no money, I'm a ball of energy and wanted to get into HR to help people. I am going to start volunteering at a local hospital to make sure this is the environment I want to be in, but I am THRILLED to start.

    And while I understand 31 isn't old or too late, I went back for my undergrad at 24, and have been working on this masters since age 29 (will finish up in March 2012) so it is going to be hard for me to commit myself to more school but I do feel it will be worth it. Esp. considering the fact I want to have a family and my job now doesnt even cover the cost of daycare in the building, nor do I get the mental stimulation or emotional satisfcation from this job that it makes it OK at all to consider being a working mom.
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    Well I did Nursing as second career, went back to school at the age of 52 and graduated with my RN-ADN. its never too late, think about the when you plan to retire. The decide if you want to wor that many yers at a job just for a paycheck or do you want to do something that will make you smile. Nursing is hard work but each and every day I am so glad I did it. I am actually thinking of going back and getting my BSN, I have about 20 credits to finsih it and maybe get my MSN, because I do love when we have students on the floor and and am assigned one. I love the teaching. Best of Luck
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    Ha ladies, if you think you are old? think about 59 yrs old and still going back to school for LPN to be able to work? what do you think about that? and on top of that, a recent cancer survivor too. How about that?
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    I started at 45 and thought I was too old. My own kids told me I was too old (of course now they are begging for $$). I have one more semester and I will be a nurse practitioner. It is very doable if you have the determination. People, we are all going to have to work until we drop. There will be no social security. After I finish working I will retire to Costa Rica or somewhere thereabout. I do not want to be elderly 80's in the US particularly as it exists today.
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    Coming up 59 and graduated 2 months ago. The 3 year course went in the blink of an eye, I made a zillion new friends and a new life. I'm now working in Occupational health and having a ball travelling all over the countryside to workplaces and sites. My secret - just keep at it and try not to overthink it, if you're interested enough, and have a bit of drive, you'll do it.
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