Post # 1
I am currently at bedside care (but not a nurse). I am applying to PA school this cycle (it has been a long time coming). My GPA is average so I may not get in. I’ve applied to the traditional programs and non traditional programs (hybrid online programs). With this said what is your back up plan? I have a bachelors.
PA School has gotten more competitive and even more so than Med school. I’m in my 30s so med school is out (wanting to start a family in a couple of years). I was thinking of doing an accelerated nursing program then the nurse practitioner route.
Have you had to fall back on your plan B? What is/was your plan B? Are you happy at your plan b?
My career is pretty specific and no upward mobility other than supervisior positions and that does not interest me.
Post # 2
I wanted to go to a PA school too. It was all I wanted. I worked my a** off to have a perfect GPA, shadowing PA’s, and taking several science courses at a time to show I was capable of handling an accelerated PA program. Applied twice, got called for interview both times, and got wait listed TWICE! The program never said why.
I was already working as a teacher assistant and my mentor motivated me to start taking some math courses (to be able to work as a TA for higher level math courses). Ended up loving math, and decided to enroll in a Math program. It worked out, completed my BA and MA within 4 years and started teaching in a local college 2 semesters before I graduated.
I am now a college professor at a well known college in my area, and I love it.
Post # 3
I had a plan A for my career but as I started my career and developed other skills, worked on different areas, my plan A no longer fitted what I wanted. I don’t count my career now as Plan B, despite not even remotely close to what I thought I would do. I have a preferred area to take my career into but I’m also open to new skills and new areas as sometimes it can lead in great directions, if you’re willing to accept them.
For a while, I told myself I’d failed to do Plan A and I was really down about my job and about myself. I’ve since come to realise that I actually wouldn’t like to do Plan A now. I would have liked to do it years ago but my interests have changed, what motivates me has changed and I have developed a whole host of other skills and I’d be somewhat wasted in Plan A now. Plan A for your career isn’t always going to work out but rather than thinking of Plan B, especially in a negative light which your post seems to do, focus on the opportunities to work in different areas. See it as an opportunity, rather than a failure (which is what I’m picking up from your post). I took my current job because I thought it would put me back on the route to Plan A. For a long time, that was the wrong move. Whilst this organisation is still the wrong place for me, I’ve recently come to the realisation of the area I’d like my career to go in. I’ve developed a new plan A bit I’m not holding onto steadfastly at the expense of feeling like I’ve failed to do something.
Post # 4
loz24 : I wish I had a plan B. I thought I would be moving to another country and exploring my options in a different economy, but now it’s probably off the table. It hurts to be in your 30’s and still not know where you are going in life.
Post # 5
I’m in a very different field than you, but I always find it makes me feel better to have contingency plans. I think there are a lot of things I’d be happy in. Maybe it’s my way of shielding myself from being disappointed if what I’m working toward doesn’t pan out, but I find it comforting to feel that there are a variety of positions I could enjoy and be good at. I keep a running list in my head of possible Plan Bs, from the realistic to the fanciful (move to the middle of nowhere to homestead; open a bookstore cafe in a quaint town somewhere.)
Post # 6
Stripping. I hope they like stretch marks and baby weight.
Post # 7
I had a kid at 18 so Im on plan C right now, finishing my degree for plan D which I think will be the last one… but Ive got a good 30 working years left so who knows.
Honestly, as long as you are progressing and moving forward then you’re doing alright. None of us have it all figured out. Those who do are either extremely fortunate or lying lol
Post # 8
i dont really have a plan b, i went to tech school so my job is pretty specific to what i learned in school. Ive always said i would love to return to college one day and finish what i started, but a fine art degree is useless now a days in our economy.
lol literally as i was scrolling i was going to say the exact same thing. I totally support the stripping game, simply because i had a college friend who did it throughout college, and graduated with ZERO debt.
Post # 10
My husband is the tech guy, but at his entry level job! We are planning on kids in a couple of years and want to be financially set. We are both seeking advancement in any capacity.
Post # 11
Don’t think my husband would go for the stripping route.
Post # 12
Super model / astronaut
Honestly, I’m on Plan D.
I dropped out of art school (Plan A) and as I was about to talk to a Navy recruiter (Plan B), I went back to community college for psychology with the intention of becoming a teacher (Plan C), started working in federal contracting (unplanned) and now I’m here.
I work in Proposals (the business kind, not the happy jump-up-and-down kind). My path is flexible because I have sales experience and I’m detail-oriented, so I can work in Proposals, Projects, Marketing, Purchasing, Sales, Contract Administration, or Customer Relations. I’m not bound to any one profession or industry because my skills are easily transferable. I can work in any industry from government to IT to commercial to manufacturing, and in any department outside of Legal and Finance.
I had to make myself a Jack-of-all-Trades because I dropped out of college, so I’ve made a lot of sacrifices and put up with a lot of bullshit. I missed Christmas last year and I was working when my grandmother died, even though I saw it coming. I was sexually harassed for the first three years of my career. It’s worked out pretty well for me overall but it sucked for a long time.
5 years down, 45 years to go.
Post # 13
But in all seriousness. I don’t have a plan B!