I got a BA in English right after high school, it was a useles waste of time and money that I didn't even enjoy. A useless degree like that doesn't lead you into any real career, so I spent some time in dead-end jobs like receptionist and administrative assistant at companies in NYC. I somehow floated into Human Resources Recruiting, and spent a few years doing that. It was THE WORST. Boring, unappreciated, sedentary, always having to BS people and lie about things, and always the first position to get cut in bad times. I was laid off 6 times in 8 years because companies hire a recruiter when they want to grow, then lay you off in 1-2 years when the growth spurt stops. I hated both the instability and the jobs themselves, and I wanted to do something more hands on, where I wasn't sitting in a cubicle staring at a screen all day, where I was actually helping people, and posessing real skills. I had worked in an animal shelter as a teenager and loved it, the hard, dirty work with long hours was not a problem for me. And I always liked science and health issues so I had a gut feeling that I'd like nursing. So after my most recent layoff in January 2009, I applied to nursing school and started taking pre-reqs. Thankfully I was right, I love nursing and am so glad I'm doing this now. I wish I had done it at 20 instead of 30, but I was not mature enough at the time to really know what I'd be good at and what I wanted to spend my life doing (and my parents were pushing me to "be on wall street").