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I have no idea what I want to do! Any ideas? If I suddenly had to support my whole family, what degree would be most useful?


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I have 2 undergrad degrees and they really don't help me with employment. Once the baby I'm pregnant with is 2 years or so I plan to enroll in a college for the RPN (registered practical nurse) program. It's a 2 year program offered as 16 consecutive months with good employability and opportunity for advancement. Just my thought smile.gif
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I have 2 undergrad degrees and they really don't help me with employment. Once the baby I'm pregnant with is 2 years or so I plan to enroll in a college for the RPN (registered practical nurse) program. It's a 2 year program offered as 16 consecutive months with good employability and opportunity for advancement. Just my thought smile.gif

That is so true, I just don't know about all the anatomy classes and such..I don't do so well with math/science courses. :( I guess I could always look into certifications and stuff instead...hmm..


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There are ways to get "into" the medical field without having to do the harder classes.  Since you're just starting out, you could try becoming a medical assistant, phlebotomist, dental assistant, physical therapy assistant, or nursing assistant (CNA).  None of those jobs are going to pay well long-term, but they can get you a start.  If you like it, you can look into going further and become a respiratory therapist, registered nurse, etc.  As a bonus--many employers of health care providers provide tuition assistance.

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If you decide to go into medical, just be very careful you don't get burnt out.  That's what happened to me, & I honestly don't think I will ever work as an LPN (licensed practical nurse) again.  I just recently lost my job, & aside from the fact that we need the money, I really wasn't upset by it.  I worked as an LPN for 6 years.  Nursing has gotten to the point where it's not about the patients anymore, it's all about trying to find ways around insurance companies bullshit rules and regulations...forget what's best for the patient, kwim?  

 

Not trying to scare you away from the medical field at all, it can pay well.  But go into it with realistic expectations.  Good luck!


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Thanks for the input! I don't think I'll be going the nursing route, but I may look into ultrasound technician or phlebotomy...hmmm.


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Start with yourself. What do you enjoy? What are your strengths? Your weaknesses?
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What about getting some Child Development courses down? I took CD because I had wanted to be a teacher, didn't entirely know where to start, didn't want to go to school full time so I just picked what sounded fun (which were lots and lots of CD courses lol) and once I dropped out of college and needed a job asap, I had enough credits to work at a excellent child care center where I could have had opportunities to move up the ladder. Our director started out at that center in my position, being an Infant Teachers Aide. I always have the possibility of going back if I ever needed to.

 

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