My youngest starts prep next year and I have decided I need to update my skills before looking for work. The problem is I don't know what to study!! My background is in IT - software support roles, technical writing etc but my skills are so out of date. I would kind of like to get into a health role like pathology or maybe even nursing. Or office administration because it might be easier to find part time work. Work in a school would be fantastic but I think those roles would be highly sought after.
How do I decide? I don't want to invest a year or two studying only to find there's no work or 100 people applying for every job. My confidence level isn't great either, I've been a sahm for 7 years now and have had a few health issues so I'm really or of touch with the working world. Plus I've never studied in Australia. I'm finding the whole thing quite daunting. Help! ! Any advice or experience welcome
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17-07-2014 17:57 #1
What will I study???
17-07-2014 18:06 #2
Two things came to mind reading your post -
1) AIN - health related, plenty of jobs, only a 4-6 month course
2) Medical receptionist - business admin (medical) course is 6 months part time, I'm not sure on the availability of jobs, but drs surgeries, specialist offices and hospitals would all use them and I imagine the skills are transferable.
With both there is the opportunity for advancement - AIN could lead you further into nursing, or a management role in a health sector, Medical receptionist could lead to a practice supervisor etc
Just some things to look into.
17-07-2014 18:15 #3
Good for you!!! Go for it...
You won't regret it and it'll open up a whole new world, new friends, new career..
After 6 yrs of being a SAHM (Previous job was a Flight attendant for 10 yrs and a degree in politics) I went back to Uni this year for the first time in almost 15 yrs and started a Bachelor of Nursing (graduate Entry) which means its only 2 yrs instead of 3. I am absolutely loving it. Ive made a ton of new friends and it has made me feel like a normal person again as well as increased my self esteem and confidence.
I just finished my first semester and about to start my second next week... (I'm only studying part time because kids are still not in school until next year and the year after).. so it'll still take me 3 yrs but I'm cool with that.
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17-07-2014 18:23 #4
I think if you studied to be an AIN or an EEN you would have no trouble finding work, especially if you don't mind working in aged care. An AIN course can be as short as 6 weeks from some private providers so it's a quick qualification to obtain as well.
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17-07-2014 19:10 #5
Ain = nursing assistant?
What's an een?
And where do you study nursing? Is there a goto nursing school? (I'm in melbourne)
I need to do some googling obviously!
17-07-2014 19:11 #6
@RipperRita that's a diverse career you've got there Politics - flight attendant - nurse. Good on you
So what kind of workload is the study? How much time do you have to devote to classes & study at home?
17-07-2014 19:18 #7
How about phlebotomy? I believe it is quite a short training course to complete and has a few different opportunities (pathology collection centre, blood donation centre etc).
There are also some flexible foot in the door jobs with pathologists like collection drivers.
(My mum had looked in to all of this as a possible part time job for herslef after not being in the work force for a number of years).
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17-07-2014 19:27 #8
EN = Enrolled Nurse. Works under a registered nurse, more diverse skills.
AIN and EN courses are done privately but are more popular and accessible through TAFE. I personally wouldn't commit to the EN course (12-18 month diploma) without doing an AIN course and seeing if it's for you first.
I would have a look through your local tafes courses online and see if anything piques your interest.
As for the workload at home - for AIN - very little (maybe 2 hrs a week), for EN a little more (4-5 hrs depending on what assignments or exams are coming up) and for B.Nrs which I'm doing via distance, I'm currently spending 20-30 hrs a week on three subjects and hats the minimum I can get away with.
Nursing is a diverse career, with so many options given to you the further you go up. I love it
17-07-2014 19:55 #9
Thanks everyone, so helpful
Yes pathology would interest me as well. Phlebotomy - why does that word make me want to giggle? That wouldn't go down well in an interview lol
I don't really want to work in aged care but I think it might be difficult to get experience if I don't? And I'd probably be looking at an entry level course with further study?
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17-07-2014 20:05 #10
it's a good way to get great experience in basic nursing skills. Even if you become an RN straight up, skills like showers, feeding, toileting etc are always going to be a good thing to be comfortable and competent in.
The AIN (aged care or health services assistant cert 3) is an entry level course, no more is required.
I never wanted to work in aged care, but started when I started my en diploma thinking that at least I was getting some experience for when I graduated and could get a job at a hospital. I'm still there as an EN Team Leader because I love it
Not saying this will happen for you, but if nursing is something you're interested in, don't write off starting in aged care. At the very least, you can work while studying for a higher level job in a different area
Pathology - enquire at collection centres near you, often they don't require precious experience. The ones near me hire people and put them through a certificate in phlebotomy, which is pretty cool.
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