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A life decision...

First post of the year, and appropriately, it's a post looking to the future.
I'm going back to school: one way, or another.

And this time, I'm going to begin a career. The decision I make in the next two weeks or so is a huge one, because it'll put me down the path of one job or another: the two jobs I've been torn between for the past year or so.

The University have written to tell me I've been accepted into the Bachelor of Nursing.

The Lady at CIT (that's like TAFE or Technical College) told me off the record to expect a letter. That means I'm also in for the Diploma of Animal Technology.

The Bachelor of Nursing is three years, and the Government pays some of my fees. At the end, I'll be qualified to work as a registered nurse anywhere in Australia: I just have to apply for the registration.

The Diploma of Animal Technology is two years and costs about $600 or so per semester. It covers the care of wild and domestic animals, as well as covering biology. It's the first step on the path to becoming a vet nurse, park ranger, animal technician, zoologist, zookeeper or in fact any job at all working with animals. But to get there may take further study.

Both schools will allow me to go part time, both have a disability services centre and even commuting time isn't a factor here: the two schools are next door to one another.

Nursing is a relatively new idea to me, whereas I've been interested in animals my entire life: and not just the cuddly ones, either. In nursing there's a pretty much guaranteed job, but not so with animal services. On the other hand again, nursing is basically nursing. You can be a nurse in an aged care home or in a hospital or privately or at a health centre. But essentially, you're a nurse. If I take the animal route, I can go down the scientific path, the vet nurse path, the grooming path, the zookeeper path, the education path, the David Attenborough path... and so on and so forth. It seems a little more diverse. But then, nursing has an excellent union and pays well. Also, it presents opportunities to work overseas. Everywhere needs nurses.

I already feed and often clean up after the pets. I don't particularly enjoy cleaning up cat poo. But then... would human poo be any better? No. It wouldn't.

As a nurse you may see people die. Or... you take the other route and see animals die.

So... the fraternal and paternal have weighed in with an opinion. Sophie has not come down on either side, but provided me with thoughts. The Maternal doesn't know which it should be.

Nor do I.

Any thoughts? No advice is unwelcome, be it an outright insistence on my choosing one or a simple observation for my consideration.

Will I spend the next portion of my life taking care or animals, or taking care of humans?


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Jan. 12th, 2009 11:07 am (UTC)
There's nothing to say that you can't do nursing for a few years, and then (if/when) you find that you don't find it as appealing as you thought, do the animal course.
Jan. 12th, 2009 12:23 pm (UTC)
Technically, though the details are different, they are both the same profession. which is hard to make a choice - but think of which being gives you more reward. do you enjoy the chit chat of getting to no patients and people talking to you. or is it the silent partner ship of looking after an animal. you may not get as much time with each animal as you would a human patient - does this help to separate attachment make the darker sides to the profession easier to handle?

and do not think you cannot travel with an animal degree. I have friends who are currently in africa managing the wild-life vs human villages. others in the greek islands tracking turtle mating and migration patterns. if your open to any animal there is plenty of opportunity everywhere. and they only did a biology degree.

anyway this probably doesnt make much sence. But i look forward to hearing your decision :)...much luck
Jan. 12th, 2009 12:32 pm (UTC)
Firstly, huzzah for being accepted into both courses! I think I'm coming down on the side of the animal-related course, mostly because you mentioned that you've been interested in animals for your entire life and that there are many, many options open to you once you finish the initial course.

Is it possible to defer either course? That would give you a chance to try one out first and see if it's for you. If it is, splendid! If not, then you can always switch to the other and see if it's a better fit.

You probably need to ask yourself some questions, too. Such as: Which one feels like the best fit to you? Which one offers you more opportunities? Which one feels like a job you could consider doing for a very long time without becoming bored?

Good luck with making a decision. :)
Jan. 13th, 2009 05:35 am (UTC)
Love to help Kayt but I think this is a choice you need to work out yourself! I guess you need to sit down and think about both options. The only thing I can say is that UC will have you doing pracs from very early on - so you won't have to wait three years to work out if you want to do it - they'll expose you early on.

Good luck with it! Sory I can't be more help :S
Jan. 13th, 2009 09:57 am (UTC)
Well, they say that our generation will make around 8 or more career changes (career, not job) in their life time. So, it really is a case of what you want to do now, not forever =) *hugs* Good Luck! (Too bad there isn't a role as Companion to the Doctor =P)
Jan. 14th, 2009 01:44 am (UTC)
Im sure that would already be taken by your self no? :P
Jan. 17th, 2009 11:17 am (UTC)
We can share! =P I'll get the David Tennant Doctor, and she can get the new one (Muwahahahaha) =P Okaii, fine.... I'll share the 10th Doctor with you... =P (As long as I get Jack on some occasions)
Jan. 17th, 2009 08:59 pm (UTC)
now thats a good girl :)
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