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September 10th, 2015 at 06:43 pm

I really like where we live now and our neighbors are super nice people. Yesterday I had a very nice mom talking to me about going back to school and she said she was doing it because she wanted security for her kids.

She was in the restaurant/events planning business before and made good money. She would make around $80k she said being manager of restaurants or corporate event planning. But she gave that up after kids because the hours weren't condusive to having kids.

She loved what she did. Her husband is a head chef at a nice restaurant. She is going back to school to be an ultrasound tech but she's got 2 years of prerequisites but then 2 more years of the program. So at least 4-6 years she said. She wouldn't really be starting until her youngest was in kindergarten or 1st grade. She's in her 40s. She was debating is it worth going back to school?

She potentially thinks she could make $100k as an ultrasound technician. But she wonders is it worth doing all the schooling? Is it a wise investment? She thinks she'll get a lot of financial aid. So not much out of pocket.

But is the years of lost income worth it? I told her I'm not sure. But she should be sure she wants to be an ultrasound tech because worse case scenario is going back and not liking it. Then having wasted time and money.

What are people's thoughts on these sort of career changes?

5 Responses to “Career Change?”

  1. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Will the hours be ok for her once she's qualified? Even if she got qualified at 50 she's still going to have 15 years of good earnings before she retires, which would be very helpful. I think the best thing for her to do when considering this is to look at what she will gain and what she feels will be right for her.

  2. snafu Says:

    I hope she's verified the credentials of the educational institute as so many are' for profit' advertised on TV. For example, 'Corinthian' colleges operating Everest are bankrupt leaving students in a mess of debt with no credentials. Many cannot meet the state mandated credentials.

    http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/05/04/for-profit-corinthian-colleges-files-for-chapter-11-bankruptcy

  3. livingalmostlarge Says:

    No idea. She said the hours seemed great 9-5. It's a growing field she should have no trouble getting a job that pays well she said. I'm unsure if that's true or not. She had to have done the research. I was more a sounding board about whether she should even go back.

  4. ceejay74 Says:

    Probably would have better hours than many other medical professions, since the majority of ultrasounds are scheduled during normal business hours. I'd say if the education doesn't cost much, it's probably worth it. I don't know any medical professionals who ever struggle with not having steady employment.

  5. Livingalmostlarge Says:

    CJ that's a great point. I wonder if she'll make it though? It's a lot of schooling too.

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