Hi all! I'm a pre-nursing student at a community college, and have been tossing up between a few career paths for a year or so now. At first I wanted to to Deaf Education, but with the low satisfaction and appreciation rate of teachers, I threw that out the window. If I still want to do it after getting my BSN, I'll pursue it, but it's not something I'm looking into now.
However, another career path I've been considering is Child Life. I appreciate the less medical aspect of it, and the teaching/counseling philosophy it seems to have. I have an anxiety disorder, and i'm worried it'll "get in the way" and I'll crack under pressure, and that'll put me off from the career. But with Child Life, I feel as if I'm more of a friend to the patient, and I believe the environment would be less of a stressor on me while still maintaining the hospital/medical feel.
But colleges that offer it are few and far between, not to mention it isn't as booming as a career field as nursing, nor is it as lucrative. There isn't much room for growth, whereas with nursing there's more room to advance and different specialties to try.
What are your experiences with your Child Life staff? Do you think it'd be a smart career to go into, or will nursing be more rewarding in your opinion?