I am having a career crisis and although I have worked with a good
career coach, I am at another crossroads. Some background: I have
worked as an instructional designer and trainer for 15+years,
designing training for business, finance, technology (software and
hardware), sales training, and some medical. I worked as a writer and
editor including some major hospitals in the Boston area in the
mid-late 80's. I got an MEd. in Instructional Design in 1991, (have
B.A. in English) and worked happily in the field until 2001.
For personal and medical reasons I left the field, also because of so
much volatility/contract work/layoffs. There have also been major
changes in technology (e-learning, etc.) I tried a couple of things
(teaching, grad school for counseling) and wasn't happy with those
choices. Six months agao I decided to get back into instructional
design and training because I didn't know what else to do and was
anxious to start working again. I took a good online course is current
trends in my field, redid my resume using Monster (great job) and
started networking. Having been out of the loop for so long that has
been tough--many companies and colleagues are just gone due to
closings, layoffs...I was lucky to find an old colleague with a great
contract project. It has now been postponed due to finances. So,
here I am again, along with many others of course. I am very
discouraged because I don't want to go through this anymore. So, I
will keep looking but as I get closer to 50, I am feeling anxious and
frustrated---I'd like to be able to have fairly steady income and work
(and satisfaction) by then.
I tried mental health counseling, I'd love to give back and get off
the treadmill, but the program was 3+ years and the pay would be
dismal. So now I am thinking of healthcare. I don't want to be a
nurse, but I know there are other jobs that have less training/time
involved and that I would work with patients, feel like I am doing
valuable and interesting work. I know it would still take a couple of
years. I've looked into radiology technician and similar jobs that
have a great outlook and I think I'd enjoy it. It seems that some
older people make the change even at my age! I have very little
science or math background, although I wrote about lots of complex
medical topics and enjoy medicine. It seems you need algebra,
chemistry, biology, anatomy, etc. to even apply for these programs.
This is very intimidating to me. I was terrible at math and remember
nothing about algebra or chemistry--the rest is fine. But to re-learn
these subjects seems overwhelming.
After my long story here, my main question is:
What types of healhcare career may be good for me re: training,
background, feasability, job satisfaction, pay/secuirity? I know the
money is decent, less than what I've made but fine. There are several
programs here in Mass. I spoke to one (radiology tech) who told me
I'd need those science and math courses before I apply. That seems to
add months to what would be a two-year program. I also heard there are
many jobs but not enough spots in schools. I don't know where I could
learn those subjects soon and quickly! I've missed spring semester.
So, does anyone know about these programs, how I would learn the
subjects I need, and any other similar healthcare professions to look
into? I'm willing to do it, I don't mind school and learning new
things, but I don't want to go for it if it's not worth the time and
stress. I don't know what other areas to look into at this point.
Well this is long enough! I appreciate your patience.
Clarification of Question by
15 Feb 2005 20:50 PST
Hi--thanks for your information. I did spend some time on O*Net and
it is a very comprehensive website--excellent design, easy to use.
So, I found a lot more info about RT and related fields. I even looked
up my own field and the information about skills, abilities, etc.
needed is very accurate and interesting, after the fact! The links you
provided were great. I was able to get where I wanted quickly.
Well, your suggestions helped answer most of my question. First, I now
realize that I don't think I can (or want to) pursue the RT or related
areas with my background and education. I read more details about
subjects you need like chemistry, calculus and even physics, which is
very intimidating. I don't think I know anything about physics and I
never had calculus. You certainly don't need to be an expert, like a
scientist, but geesh...I never realized that an RT would need all of
those subjects to the degree described. I don't think you can help me
with how to learn what I need.
On the other hand, I still don't specifically know the extent of
it--how much you need to master before even applying, but I am not
sure if I want to pursue it if it involves what I read about on O*Net,
including the related professions. So, in that sense you have
answered my question, actually. I have learned enough to know that
the only thing left to try is to follow the commenter's advice below.
I read his comments just after I researched O*Net and it all seems to
fit together. Perhaps there is a small chance that a community
college could show me the way in a reasonable fashion. I am
disappointed about all this, but at least I now know what is needed.
So, you have helped me and I thank you. I am pleased with what you gave me.
Request for Question Clarification by
16 Feb 2005 07:40 PST
Thanks for your note...I'm glad to hear the O*Net site was of value to
you, even if the information it provided was disappointing.
Still...it's a very useful resource, and I hope it will help you in
Ordinarily, at this point, I would post the information I've provided
as an answer to your question, so I could collect the fee you posted.
But before I do, I just wanted to check in with you one more time.
Is there anything else you need on this? I'm certainly willing to do
more work if I can be of assistance. Of course, I can't answer the
BIG questions of what to do with your life at this point...you're the
only one who can make that choice.
But perhaps I can provide some more information to be of help to you
in the choosing. If so, just let me know what you need at this point,
before I post a final answer.
Thanks...and all the best.