Quote from Iris007
I have been a banker for the past 12 Years, it was my first real job. I have received many promotions and recognitions throughout my career, but I have never felt complete.
I have always wanted to work in the medical field since I was very young. Due to many personal reasons It wasn't double for me to go into it. In 2008 my son became sick with viral meningitis and encephalitis. We lived in the hospital for over 50 days and if it wasn't because of my nurses I don't know where we would be today, I knew then I wanted to be there for others during their hard times.
I couldn't afford the change in career then because insurance was so critical for my family.
I am 30 years old and will be starting my pre-reqs this spring semester and plan on obtaining my BSN in the next 5 years.
I have over 3.5 years hospital volunteer covered. Which proves to me that when I'm at the hospital it's where I want to be.
I'm scared for the change but feel that in order to truly be happy I need to do this for myself and my family. My husband has been pushing me to get started for the past couple of years, my children are now older (15,11 & 6yr).
What worries me the most is the finances, we are in the process of purchasing our first home and saving to put our kids through college.
At this point, I need to get started and worry about what's next at a later time.
----- I just needed to vent to some that may understand.
Congratulations on your decision to switch careers! That's a big step and can be really intimidating. I am also making a career switch. I have been in Recruiting / HR for 10 years and, like you, have always been interested in the medical field but didn't have the right timing until now.
Have you done any prerequisites for the programs in your area? I worked full time while I completed my prereqs and, while crazy, it made sense for us because I was able to keep the steady source of income while working on my goals. This also was good because we could bite off little bits of $ for classes at a time instead of a major investment all at once. We also have little kiddos.
There are also lots of programs out there that do an intensive, 12-15 month program for people with bachelors degrees in other fields or that have completed the majority of prereqs outside of the school. This is the route I'm taking because it allowed me to keep working during the prereqs, keep that income going, and then I'll only actually be full-time in school for that 12-15 month period so it reduces the time that we are a single-income family. I'm not sure what area you live in, but that might be something to look into!
Good luck with everything! I'm happy to answer any questions that I can!