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BlueJay BS: change of career - any advice? (44) RE: BS: change of career - any advice? 18 Oct 01

Changing careers is difficult, and I have no advice other than it can be done, but it takes dilligence and a little luck doesn't hurt. I went from odd construction and factory jobs as a youth, to working for the railroad for 17 years, to going back to college and getting a degree as a registered nurse. After five years as a nurse, I am sorry to say that I couldn't really recommend nursing as a career in today's health care climate. The pay is fairly good, (way better than teachers), but the stress of having too many patients and multiple long shifts result in inadequate patient care, IMO.

I was fortunate enough to find a niche in the music industry, (which sadly still pays higher than the average teacher gets). Now I get to talk to musicians and instrument builders daily. It's the funnest job I've ever had, and I don't have to work graveyard shift. Plus, I have time to play in a band, comprised mainly of my co-workers. It's about the most regular music playing I've ever done.

I'm lucky, and I realize my story is probably an exception to the rule. But it can be done! Thanks, Blueay

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