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NothingFancy

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11/14/2012 08:02 PM

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Three weeks ago to the day, I was fired from my job. I was a retail store manager for 12+ years.

I immediately started to apply elsewhere and landed an interview with another retail chain. I did well on that interview and was able to get a 2nd interview for this Friday.

I started thinking though that maybe I should go back to school for nursing which is what I always wanted to do but chose a different path for myself after high school.

Financially, I can make it work but it will be very risky.

My parents think I should go for the sure thing with the job but I am afraid to put another 12 years somewhere and have this happen again. At least with nursing, the job is in demand or at least I think it is. I cannot do both as I am sure you are all aware that there are no "set" schedules in retail especially as an assistant manager to work school around.

My choice can not be a selfish one either because I am the sole support for my daughters. It has to be a smart decision.

I am rambling at this point but I guess I am leaning towards the job decision but pursuing nursing would have been nice. Any suggestions on a way to look at this differently. Thank you :)
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11/14/2012 08:06 PM
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Im going to look on my bank account in a while again.
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11/14/2012 08:08 PM
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You should have gone back to school before now. Retail is a nasty place that doesn't care about you. They'd hire monkeys to do your job if they could.
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11/14/2012 08:12 PM
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Sorry to hear of your job loss.

No matter what job you have... there is no guarantee that you will be employed for 30+ years with the same company. Those days are over.

I've been let go due to restructuring, in different cities and industries, a couple of times in a short number of years.

Everything in life is a risk.
NothingFancy (OP)

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You should have gone back to school before now. Retail is a nasty place that doesn't care about you. They'd hire monkeys to do your job if they could.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 21656968


I learned this the hard way.
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11/14/2012 08:14 PM
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I learned this the hard way.
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Just that you learned it is all that counts. But you might want to address your biased delusion that kept you from realizing the truth of that before now. ;)
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11/14/2012 08:17 PM

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Follow your dream... It will pay off hugely in the long run. We all have to sacrifice a little to make what we dream of a reality.

Sure, you can take the "bird in the hand" but the bird that's in the bush is much better when you get it.

In the end, you'll look back and realize that you should have done what mattered to you, not what mattered at the time. If you want to be a nurse, then make it so!

Last Edited by Travis Bickle on 11/14/2012 08:19 PM
One of these days... A *REAL* rain is gonna come and wash all this scum off the streets.
NothingFancy (OP)

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11/14/2012 08:23 PM

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Sorry to hear of your job loss.

No matter what job you have... there is no guarantee that you will be employed for 30+ years with the same company. Those days are over.

I've been let go due to restructuring, in different cities and industries, a couple of times in a short number of years.

Everything in life is a risk.
 Quoting: SnowLeopard 21080342


Thank you for your response. I guess the risk is what will make it an adventure. :)
NothingFancy (OP)

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11/14/2012 08:25 PM

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Follow your dream... It will pay off hugely in the long run. We all have to sacrifice a little to make what we dream of a reality.

Sure, you can take the "bird in the hand" but the bird that's in the bush is much better when you get it.

In the end, you'll look back and realize that you should have done what mattered to you, not what mattered at the time. If you want to be a nurse, then make it so!
 Quoting: Travis Bickle


I like this so much. I can do it, I know I can and I would hate to have regrets. Thank you, you put this in a great perspective for me.
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11/14/2012 08:28 PM
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look up assistant physical therapist. Not the highest salary but physical therapy is in demand and it's like 2 to 3 yrs of school.
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11/14/2012 08:31 PM

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Follow your dream... It will pay off hugely in the long run. We all have to sacrifice a little to make what we dream of a reality.

Sure, you can take the "bird in the hand" but the bird that's in the bush is much better when you get it.

In the end, you'll look back and realize that you should have done what mattered to you, not what mattered at the time. If you want to be a nurse, then make it so!
 Quoting: Travis Bickle


I like this so much. I can do it, I know I can and I would hate to have regrets. Thank you, you put this in a great perspective for me.
 Quoting: NothingFancy


No worries... While you go to school, try to get a job in a medical office to help out with the bills. They will be more "forgiving" toward your school needs and probably more flexible. Immersing yourself into the field you want to be in really helps to institute change.
One of these days... A *REAL* rain is gonna come and wash all this scum off the streets.
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11/14/2012 08:32 PM
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Is there any other way you could get your foot in the door
in the health field for income and go for nursing part time?
Some Hospitals have a variety of programs.
There are some tech courses that are shorter than
a full nursing program that will get you a decent salary
quickly and then continue to pursue full nursing degree
part time.
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11/14/2012 08:38 PM
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OP, taking the new job doesn't mean you have to stay for another 12 years. Maybe, accept the position knowing it's only for a few months, and sock away some $$ while you get things lined up for what you really want to do.
Those who have more than enough should always be mindful of those who have less than enough.
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11/14/2012 08:50 PM

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Go with what you want to do for the rest of your life. Like another person said, you may not be in the same spot the whole time but you will likely always be able to find a job.

Good luck, OP hf
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OP, taking the new job doesn't mean you have to stay for another 12 years. Maybe, accept the position knowing it's only for a few months, and sock away some $$ while you get things lined up for what you really want to do.
 Quoting: Life and Love


Also good advice. If you can't apply for a nursing program right now or need to get general courses first this is a very good idea.
Guenwyfar

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"Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition."

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11/14/2012 08:54 PM

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Go to school. Take day classes and work on the weekends if you still need extra money. You can also take many classes online at home, but only do this from an accredited institution such as a local college near you.

Good luck!
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NothingFancy (OP)

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11/14/2012 09:06 PM

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There were so many great responses and advice given.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I am going to do more research tomorrow especially regarding the advice to get a job in the health field and go to school as well. Plus I like the physical therapist idea too.

One thing is common, I believe the time is right for me to pursue the medical field.
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11/28/2012 10:14 PM

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Three weeks ago to the day, I was fired from my job. I was a retail store manager for 12+ years.

I immediately started to apply elsewhere and landed an interview with another retail chain. I did well on that interview and was able to get a 2nd interview for this Friday.

I started thinking though that maybe I should go back to school for nursing which is what I always wanted to do but chose a different path for myself after high school.

Financially, I can make it work but it will be very risky.

My parents think I should go for the sure thing with the job but I am afraid to put another 12 years somewhere and have this happen again. At least with nursing, the job is in demand or at least I think it is. I cannot do both as I am sure you are all aware that there are no "set" schedules in retail especially as an assistant manager to work school around.

My choice can not be a selfish one either because I am the sole support for my daughters. It has to be a smart decision.

I am rambling at this point but I guess I am leaning towards the job decision but pursuing nursing would have been nice. Any suggestions on a way to look at this differently. Thank you :)
 Quoting: NothingFancy


Good luck OP. In my experience, older adults (no offense, I mean 26+)
are far more dedicated to their studies than most traditional-aged students.
I went back for degrees at 24 and at 30.
I've taught off and on at colleges/universities for 12 years now.

School is a great benefit to some and a terrible burden to others.
Do whatever you can to limit/avoid student loans.
You don't want to still be paying them off at 45!
Study hard, nothing worth having is easy to acquire. ;-`)
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NothingFancy (OP)

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11/28/2012 10:23 PM

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Thank you for your advice. ^^^^

I actually did accept the retail job. I start January 7th.

But.....I also enrolled in classes because the retailer will work around a part time school schedule.

So, I get to do both and I am very excited.
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11/29/2012 11:48 PM

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Follow your dream... It will pay off hugely in the long run. We all have to sacrifice a little to make what we dream of a reality.

Sure, you can take the "bird in the hand" but the bird that's in the bush is much better when you get it.

In the end, you'll look back and realize that you should have done what mattered to you, not what mattered at the time. If you want to be a nurse, then make it so!
 Quoting: Travis Bickle


I like this so much. I can do it, I know I can and I would hate to have regrets. Thank you, you put this in a great perspective for me.
 Quoting: NothingFancy


No worries... While you go to school, try to get a job in a medical office to help out with the bills. They will be more "forgiving" toward your school needs and probably more flexible. Immersing yourself into the field you want to be in really helps to institute change.
 Quoting: Travis Bickle


Very sound advice.
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11/29/2012 11:52 PM

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Thank you for your advice. ^^^^

I actually did accept the retail job. I start January 7th.

But.....I also enrolled in classes because the retailer will work around a part time school schedule.

So, I get to do both and I am very excited.
 Quoting: NothingFancy


Do what you think is right, taking your kids into consideration. A limited risk is worth it sometimes when you could make life for your and others that you are responsible for better.

If you aren't sure, ask God to help direct you to what would be best for you and your family. Listen and notice the subtle hints.

Last Edited by Borian on 11/29/2012 11:53 PM
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11/29/2012 11:56 PM

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Nurses are always needed
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Sorry to hear of your job loss.

No matter what job you have... there is no guarantee that you will be employed for 30+ years with the same company. Those days are over.

I've been let go due to restructuring, in different cities and industries, a couple of times in a short number of years.

Everything in life is a risk.
 Quoting: SnowLeopard 21080342


Thank you for your response. I guess the risk is what will make it an adventure. :)
 Quoting: NothingFancy




WAIT! (ITS THE RIDDLER! GASP)

(LOL)

BOOK EM DANNO! LOL

the risk agent by ridley pearson

(VITAMIN K)

AND I REALLY DON'T THINK THAT BUDD IS FOR YOUR MONKEY RELAXATION ANYMORE (LOL)

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12/08/2012 04:37 PM
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You seem like you would be absolutely perfect for nursing.


I say gofer it!!!!!!
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I say "ditto" to all those encouraging you to follow your dream of nursing.

I wish I had followed my dream instead of another's.


Very BEST wishes for your success, OP.
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Kudos to you OP. Short term pain for a long term gain. BTW, enjoy the upgrade. hf
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Update? Follow your dreams and your heart! What does your gut tell you to do?

If you have a true passion for something, you will achieve fulfillment by accomplishing it! You may have to take a part-time job somewhere temporarily while you go back to school to become a nurse....but it will only be temporary.

Go for it!

You have a lot of people cheering you on, including me!

Do it!hf


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Nm i cant remember.
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You are a very lovely young lady OP.
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I started thinking though that maybe I should go back to school for nursing which is what I always wanted to do but chose a different path for myself after high school.
 Quoting: NothingFancy


I would ask if she had college hours and knew what she was in for?
Nursing school has never been easy, and now with Obama care who knows if it would be a wise investment or career move. Talk to some nurses and see what they have to say about it all.
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