- 8 years ago
- Wedding: June 2009
Just had to put this one out to the hive…feels like ya’all are my friends =]
So DH and I got excellent news from my specialist–my endo has 100% disappeared (wtf, right?) and we are no longer on a “must have a baby asap” timeline. We can both breathe a little without trying to get me knocked up, oh, 6 months, like the plan was.
As such, it’s caused me to reevaluate my career. No surprise. I’m an engineer and frankly, I think I’m just better suited elsewhere. Some days I like it, some days I hate it…but I never LOVE it. It’s convenient. It’s cushy. It’s quiet…and I definitely want something more dynamic and challenging. Life in a cubicle is one thing…life in a cubicle for 20+ years is another. Pretty sure even the MSE/MBA i was shooting for would have just been another desk job, doing the same kind of stuff, same company, same work.
SO, I’m 5 classes and an EMT’s license away from being able to apply to PA school–Physician Assistant. SLU has a great program that I’m highly competitive for, gradewise (ah, yay, all that bio and chem i took is going to pay off). I have a great “science gpa” and all the “other” credentials–like showing I can balance work+school+marriage+life competently. Yay nontraditional students, lol.
So yeah. I start taking things like medical terminology and genetics next semester, then we’re hoping by summer DH has a job so I can quit (EEK), pursue my EMT license and an anatomy and physiology class, work part time in the fall and finish up microbiology and a second anatomy class….then in June 2011 (after I’ve accrued, oh, 3000+ hours of care) I can apply to the school and hopefully be accepted for August 2012.
Downfall? Taking a 50+% paycut! I haven’t made 25K a year since I was a waitress, lol….sigh. And we definitely have to put off having kids
Upside….PAs make good money so it’s not like we’ll be broke forever, and i’m sticking with my first instincts of working in medicine. It’s dynamic, changing, and I know I’ll enjoy it!
Anyone have a big career change that set them back a little bit? I’d like to hear I”m not completely off my rocker….=]