Whenever the economy is doing poorly, news of major layoffs, downsizing, or restructuring inevitably hits many industries. I always feel bad for people who lose their jobs this way because I'm sure it's very demoralizing to have your whole career come to a grinding halt just like that. That's one of the reasons I want to switch to a recession-proof industry that will need workers no matter what the external economic conditions happen to be. After giving this a lot of thought, I've decided to check into nursing careers.
Since nursing careers are perfect for those who like to help people and who want a challenging, interesting job that presents something new every single day, I can totally envision myself in this kind of position. I also like the fact that nurses and other health care professionals enjoy top salaries and compensation packages, because obviously I want to be able to have a comfortable lifestyle away from the job. Plus, nursing careers offer excellent growth potential, which means I can move up through the ranks after demonstrating my competency.
Of course, nursing careers aren't the kind of thing you can just jump into on a whim. It takes years of schooling and formal training in order to receive the right qualifications and certifications. Fortunately, there are many schools all over the country that offer weekend and online health care courses leading to full LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) or RN (Registered Nurse) degrees. This means I can keep my current job while taking classes towards these different nursing careers, giving me some much-needed security as I prepare to change my life. Being able to continue working at my present company will also allow me to get through school with minimal debt and loans, and enable me to pad my resume as well. Then after I graduate, I'll have a leg up on the competition when it comes to finding a job.
Speaking of finding a job, I've learned that most schools that offer health care degrees also provide post-graduation placement assistance. So by going to the right school and making the right connections, I'll have the inside track to the most coveted nursing careers out there, and won't have to pound the pavement for months like other recent grads. And even if I don't use my school's placement assistance, I can just scan websites that post ads for nursing careers and submit my credentials to any hospital or health care organization that looks worthwhile.
Overall, I'm confident that I'm making the right move here. Nursing careers are challenging, rewarding, and will remain in demand for the foreseeable future. Once I get into that field, I'll never have to worry about downsizing or layoffs again!