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So I finish nursing school in about 2 months with my associates degree. I am confused on what I should do. A better career opportunity has arose where I can make a lot of money monthly via commission. I have friends who make $30-40k a month in this career choice and I am conflicted. Should I take my NCLEX and give this new career a shot? Or should I become a nurse for a couple months and try it in the future? PLZ HELP

Sour Lemon

Has 9 years experience.

31 minutes ago, xlightx said:

So I finish nursing school in about 2 months with my associates degree. I am confused on what I should do. A better career opportunity has arose where I can make a lot of money monthly via commission. I have friends who make $30-40k a month in this career choice and I am conflicted. Should I take my NCLEX and give this new career a shot? Or should I become a nurse for a couple months and try it in the future? PLZ HELP

Maybe you're confused because your brain is trying to tell you something. Does it make sense that you'd rake in 40K monthly with a community college degree in an unrelated field? How well do you know these "friends", and why would they be so eager to create competition for themselves since they work on commission? PLZ think it through ...especially if it requires any sort of investment on your part to join in the "lucrative" fun.

RNperdiem, RN

Has 14 years experience.

Time to get some facts. So your friends claim to have a gig that takes them in the high six figures a year. What is the catch?

My first guess is a pyramid scheme. That would explain the recruiting. Or is it something illegal?

meanmaryjean, DNP, RN

Specializes in NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia. Has 44 years experience.

I'd bet money this was a pyramid scheme - aka multi-level marketing (MLM)

Google "anti-MLM" and prepare to be amazed.

Classic giveaway sign is they won;t tell you the actual name of the company, make outrageous claims but provide no proof, want you to trust them and not the overwhelming evidence it's a scam you can find with a simple search.

Regardless of any change in career plans, it would be wise on your part to obtain, and maintain, active or later inactive, a nursing license.

Hoosier_RN, MSN

Specializes in dialysis. Has 28 years experience.

I was thinking MLM, illegal activity, or your friend is lying straight up. Get your nursing license so you have it

Edited by Hoosier_RN

The job is in mortgages , no pyramid scheme . I know these people very well... now back to the question at hand

llg, PhD, RN

Specializes in Nursing Professional Development. Has 44 years experience.

Take the NCLEX and get your license. Also get a nursing job and establish yourself as a successful professional nurse. Then if you want to explore the mortgage option ... you can do so knowing that you can always go back to nursing if that doesn't work out the way you dream. If you don't do nursing for a while now, you may find it next to impossible to become a successful nurse later.

And I am as skeptical about the mortgage thing as the others. Do you have expertise in finance and/or mortgages? If so, why didn't you go that route to begin with. If not, that would add to my skepticism. If it were easy for someone with no expertise to make that much money in the mortgage business, everyone would be doing it. "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn't true."

GrumpyRN, NP

Specializes in Emergency Department. Has 39 years experience.

1 hour ago, xlightx said:

The job is in mortgages

As a (very) disinterested observer, as well as what previous posters have written I would be wondering where people are going to get mortgages considering the world economy is heading into a downward spiral because of covid and according to one source I saw there are about 31 million people unemployed in the US.

Chickenlady, ADN

Specializes in ER, GI, Occ Health. Has 7 years experience.

Take the NCLEX. Waiting isn't going to help anything and can only hurt. Think of it as finishing nursing school. You aren't done until you pass it.

Then, if you want to try this mortgage thing, go ahead. You will have a nursing license to fall back on, although it will be harder to get that first job if you have a gap between license and work.

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Be careful that they aren't doing anything illegal, in which case, both opportunities may blow up if you are convicted and lose your nursing license because of it. I was in banking for a long time before I went to nursing school and I never knew anyone to make that much money unless you were a bank exec.

Another question: is your passion nursing or making a lot of money? You didn't go into nursing school for the money, I bet. There are easier ways to make a living.

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meanmaryjean, DNP, RN

Specializes in NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia. Has 44 years experience.

2 hours ago, xlightx said:

The job is in mortgages , no pyramid scheme . I know these people very well... now back to the question at hand

There is a mortgage MLM- just FYI

Hoosier_RN, MSN

Specializes in dialysis. Has 28 years experience.

4 hours ago, xlightx said:

The job is in mortgages , no pyramid scheme . I know these people very well... now back to the question at hand

My step mom works for a well known mortgage corporation. She says no one is making that kind of money without lots of experience and a degree in finance, unless its one of the ponzi schemes...and yes those exist in mortgage/finance. In fact, every now and then we hear about them on the news

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Katie82, RN

Specializes in Med Surg, Tele, PH, CM. Has 39 years experience.

I am thinking Pyramid Scheme and someone is trying to recruit you... And sell you a "start-up" kit? I would be skeptical of this until someone could prove it to me. If it is some sort of get-rich sales scheme, remember this.... today's fad may be tomorrow's bust. I see too many LuLaRue consultants trying to sell their inventory at yard sales because no one is buying anymore. But if it does turn out to be a real thing, I would still take the NCLEX and get yourself established as a nurse. The economy could tank at any time, and take your too-good-to-be-true job with it, but your nursing license will still be worth something.

JadedCPN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics, Pediatric Float, PICU, NICU. Has 15 years experience.

Surely you've seen your own red flags with this mortgage opportunity, and all the posters including myself also are seeing the red flags. Don't fall for it. We have close friends who got themselves involved in an MLM type of scheme simply because they didn't know better.

Hoosier_RN, MSN

Specializes in dialysis. Has 28 years experience.

12 minutes ago, JadedCPN said:

Surely you've seen your own red flags with this mortgage opportunity, and all the posters including myself also are seeing the red flags. Don't fall for it. We have close friends who got themselves involved in an MLM type of scheme simply because they didn't know better.

You can watch American Greed and see that so many of these have gone on, and many, even with minute involvement end up in prison, or have legal issues that follow them forever. If something like that were to happen and you have a nursing license, you most likely won't after that. Be very wary and look at the mortgage opportunity very closely before you jump in that direction. Money means nothing if you're locked in a cell and everything has been taken from you. You now have lots of advice from 2 threads. Consider wisely...

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BrendaH84, BSN

Has 8 years experience.

to answer the original question: I bet it would have been so hard for me to pass the NCLEX if I had waited, because I may have forgotten a lot of stuff.

for sure get you RN license, then work at other job, or nursing, or both :)

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CharleeFoxtrot, BSN, RN

Has 10 years experience.

2 minutes ago, BrendaH84 said:

to answer the original question: I bet it would have been so hard for me to pass the NCLEX if I had waited, because I may have forgotten a lot of stuff.

for sure get you RN license, then work at the or other job, or nursing, or both 🙂

Agree, poster should take the NCLEX sooner rather than later if they are going to do it. Plenty of threads here on how hard it is to pass after waiting for whatever reason.

Oh, and yes I think it's a scam too but hey I'm just old and well seasoned with skepticism

BrendaH84, BSN

Has 8 years experience.

well you can make that kind of money in commissioned positions. my husband works in a field where their sales people get 30,000.00 in commission, often times it's only twice a year they make such a great commision, but even so, his sales people make a basepay that is outrageously high. my cousin also makes an embarrassing amount of money as a salesrep. Realtors in high end areas make a lot too, they also work hard, and the real estate business isn't so great these days

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