Originally Posted by Leta
Augh. That is a tough decision, Pumpkin Pie.
You said that you had done phelbotomy- what is your degree in? If it's just a matter of re-cert, it might be worth your while to do that. Medical stuff is pretty stable right now.
I will have a degree in Psychology in the spring, and am hoping to work in social services (not very good prospects there ATM), and I have about 10 years experience doing phlebotomy, but have been out of it for over 2.5 years now, so all of my competition has a huge leg up on me because they have recent experience. I am REALLY leaning away from the medical field right now, simply because I did it for so long and although I am good at it, the pay is good, and generally the benefits are incredible around here, I really don't enjoy it even for a minute.
I was considering going to nursing school, and was actually pretty bummed when I realized it wouldn't work out, but I have come to realize I was only trying to do it because I couldn't see any other career path other than in the medical field for me. I have come to see that my Psychology degree can be valuable, and I may eventually be able to go to grad school and do the work that I feel a passion for. I do need to pay the bills, but this (very low paying job) will do that. It just won't leave much leftover for savings/paying down the student loans/getting ahead.
Originally Posted by LizzyQ
Could you take the job for now while you find work in the field you want?
Yeah, that is sort of they way I am leaning right now. I think I may end up taking it, look for something in social services, and plug away at my degree. At least with this job, I won't be taking my work home with me, I will be able to get my schoolwork done, and I will pretty much get as many hours as I want. The manager said I could work nearly full time if I wanted to, or I could work as little as 25. I think I will ask to start out with shorter weeks and work up to 30-40 and see how it goes.
At least it is a paycheck, right??