If not medicine what about one of the many related health fields?
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13-07-2016 21:04 #11Senior Member
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13-07-2016 21:25 #12
What about nursing? Similar environment with (generally) more flexibility.
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13-07-2016 21:51 #13Senior Member
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Love the thought of midwifery, but I would not have the nature to do it. I'm too passionate, impulsive and impatient.
Love the law, but I'm not a "details" person, I do well in maintaining a larger focus. I did study some law as part of my degree though, and I find my knowledge of different legislation quite handy.
I studied Commerce (Accounting) right out of VCE, transferring to a more prestigious uni closer to home. This was my undoing. Being around my parents fighting so much (dad having an affair) took a HUGE mental toll on me and I stopped. I went back after DS, when I found limited opportunity for growth in my insurance career.
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14-07-2016 00:05 #15
I sort of fell into my career... one of my friends had a bub while we were at high school. Her family said i was good with the baby. I love babies. So i studdied early childhood.
Im contemplating returning to study in the next year or so to study to become a kinder teacher.
I think the hours would fit in with school hours well. Id have holidays off etc. Not many careers allow that.
14-07-2016 07:21 #16Senior Member
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OP what were you studying? Want to trade backgrounds and ideas of how you've got to this point? I don't know how you make money blogging but you would be good at that. I still remember a thread you started years ago about the trials of being a sahm. That was you right? Such a great way with words. Maybe you should write a book?? How important is making money out the new venture?
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14-07-2016 16:51 #17
Teaching. With a focus on special ed. A four year degree with disability studies tacked on the end. Which is why I'm so disappointed as I thought it would be my 'thing'. I started it so as to be able to assist my kids as well as end up in a profession I value and one which would support them and our lifestyle. The first inclination that I'd picked the wrong gig was some of the starting subjects but I thought, no, this is just first year nerves, I'll keep going. Then the subject prior to prac which was just so wanky I nearly passed out from the OMFG fumes. Thankfully my neighbour heard me fall of my chair and was able to revive me with a line of coke. (Okay, not really but the fantasy kept me from crying out in despair).
Then I did the prac and that did it: I was inwardly thinking oh god no way and it wasn't the kids. I loved the kids. But not my thing. And I'm crushed by that as I value teaching and thought I might have been called to it.
How did I get to this point? By squandering time and foregoing opportunities that would have led me elsewhere. Such is the beauty of hindsight. Oh and not thinking I was good enough. That mindset is a sure thing if you're not fussed on getting anywhere. As I have found out I worked in quite a few positions over the years (before children) and on a few occasions turned down the invitation to be sponsored through uni, essentially remaining unskilled. It's not the money that pushed me to pursue a degree but moreso becoming formally qualified at something so I could pursue a job once all of my kids were in school as well the chance to develop myself as well. I hate being on welfare. It's such a debilitating, soul crushing existence and many people don't realise that there are rules attached to being able to work with certain benefits. They just assume you don't because you can't be fkd. Yes, I did write about the trials of being a SAHM. What a memory you have! I can no longer find that thread in here anymore but remember a few good laughs out of it. And yes, I'm aware and very humbled by the compliments I've received regarding my writing but really it never occurred to me to write anything, let alone a blog. All I know is that I want to serve the community in some capacity. (The only caveat I have there is not social work and not child protection). I love to right wrongs and to help people.
When I die, I don't want to end up on a cloud plucking a harp surrounded by other harp pluckers rehashing their days on earth as footballers, coroners, politicians, dancers and drag queens while I'm thinking, gee, life was grand on the couch.
14-07-2016 17:17 #18
You don't have to have one passion or one path. In fact, that mode of thinking is fast becoming obsolete. Unfortunately, many industries haven't caught up and require specific qualifications.
Personally, I started out with secondary teaching. I was a relief teacher for a few years. I love working with the kids, and I love a lot of aspects of the job, but I know that I could never do it full time. I couldn't handle a job with that level of out-of-hours commitment. When I went back to work after having my daughter, I initially went back to relieving, but wanted to do something different. I applied for the only jobs I could find that met my needs and skills. Ended up in youth work, working with children in out of home care. Again, I love aspects of the job...I couldn't do it for the rest of my working life though. When this job no longer works for me, I'll reevaluate. I've considered applying for the police force, or perhaps finding a route into working with young offenders. There are so many things I'm passionate about, but it's easier to find a job if you also have some transferable skills and experience.
As others have mentioned though, you definitely have a way with words. Is writing something you're passionate about? If so (this applies to any field though), have you considered contacting the relevant departments at your local TAFEs and Unis to ask where there's real demand in the workforce? Could be a good place to start.
14-07-2016 17:53 #19
Hi Renn, absolutely I spoke to the careers team at Uni. They advised that the big picks in the job stakes are finance (accountancy, banking, money), IT (coding, security), marketing, pharmacy, mining engineering, dentistry, interior design and architecture. All as exciting to me as election night.
14-07-2016 18:05 #20
Choosing a Path and Staying On It
Sounds like you may be well suited to occupational therapy ? Perhaps specialising in paediatrics ?
Health professions will continue to be in demand as our population both increases and ages
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