(Closed) Help me choose a new career!

posted 9 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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368 posts
Helper bee

Hey Honeybun, I am neither a teacher or a nurse, but I do work in the healthcare field as a recruiter/Staffing Manager for therapists (PT/OT/SLP). Our company staffs both therapists and nurses. I will tell you that the majority of people in the healthcare field LOVE IT. They got into the field to help people, and they spend almost every minute of every day doing something to help someone. My only advice – make sure you persue a healthcare career that focuses on ‘improved clinical outcomes’ – helping the patients get better, and not just making the facility money. Unfortunately, there are some people who have twisted the idea of healthcare into a ‘money machine’ – without getting into the politics of it, there are TONS of healthcare professionals with a pure heart for patient care. Best of luck with your decision!!

Post # 4
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411 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I would say job security wise, I would go for nursing.  There is a fairly substantial shortage of nurses in this country whereas not many schools have openings for teachers.  

Post # 5
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134 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Nursing…its secure and the money isn’t too shabby. You can also eventually become a nurse practioner and be in the 6 figures. If you don’t like dealing with patients, you can TEACH nursing. So best of both worlds! My sister actually was into computer science, didn’t like her cubicle job, so went back to nursing school. She loves the patient interaction! Good luck!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Tough choice.  I love teaching college kids, but I know nurses usually like their jobs too and make quite a bit of money.  Nursing school is tough though and usually takes a certain person to make the cut.  If you don’t like science classes you won’t survive.  

I would job shadow a few nurses and teachers if I were you.  That way you could get a chance to see what each job is like first hand.

Post # 7
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183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I don’t do either of those, but now that I think of it, I don’t know anyone in the nursing field who isn’t happy with it!  I can’t say the same for the teachers I know.  

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