Advanced search

To leave the NHS and learn a trade?

(15 Posts)
hangingupmyscrubs Tue 30-Jun-20 14:18:10


I've worked for the NHS for ten years now, have loved my job but now feel like it's time to do something else. Dealing with Covid the last few months really has been exhausting in so many ways and the final straw (I do appreciate the good fortune in having had a stable and secure job at such an uncertain time)

I'm going to need a job that keeps me physically busy, would it be a bit silly for a 38 year old mum of two to learn a trade? Am I too old?

OP’s posts: |
MoistMolly Tue 30-Jun-20 15:05:13

Can you not learn a trade within the NHS?

Fcukthisshit Tue 30-Jun-20 15:19:57

No I don’t think you’re too old. What kind of thing do you enjoy doing? Think about that and work from there.

edwinbear Tue 30-Jun-20 15:31:26

Do you mean becoming a plumber/electrician OP?

Popc0rn Tue 30-Jun-20 15:47:32

What do you do in the NHS? I fantasise about getting out and being a florist sometimes, but not sure now it the best time to do it as economy is going down the drain. So the job security and sick pay is keeping me for now plus I'm too much of a coward to leave a secure job blush.

Is there anything else you could do in the NHS? Or do you want a total change? Would you be able to not earn any/much money while you train in something else? 38 is not old at all, you're not even at the halfway point of your working life yet!

hangingupmyscrubs Tue 30-Jun-20 16:20:06

@MoistMolly it feels like it's time to step out.

OP’s posts: |
hangingupmyscrubs Tue 30-Jun-20 16:34:59

@Fcukthisshit I like to be creative, sewing, painting. Not quite sure how to monetise those things though!

OP’s posts: |
hangingupmyscrubs Tue 30-Jun-20 16:36:20

@edwinbear possibly. They're quite appealing too me.

OP’s posts: |
MrsNoah2020 Tue 30-Jun-20 17:20:44

Definitely not too late. Be realistic though. About 6 years ago, social media and every women's magazine were pushing the idea that women should give up their boring jobs to flog cupcakes or sell crafts on Etsy, With a tiny number of exceptions, those businesses do not make money.

Get financial advice and make sure that you understand in full what you earn now - it's not just your take-home pay, it's your pension and employer's NI too, plus the benefits of holiday pay and sick pay. Together, these benefit will add up to at least 30% on top of your take-home salary. Once you understand what you earn now, you can look at trades that will bring in similar amounts.

If you have a profession within the NHS, could you work on a part-time or bank basis, while training to do something else?

mamansnet Tue 30-Jun-20 17:27:39

I went back to uni full time at age 37 for two years, it's never too late to change!

Retirement's a long way off, better to spend that time doing something you enjoy... and if at all possible, in an industry that is Covid-proof smile

hangingupmyscrubs Tue 30-Jun-20 18:56:20

@MrsNoah2020 thanks for your reply. I only mentioned those in response to a previous poster. Mostly as a nod to having a creative flair, enjoy doing things with my hands and seeing the results from my efforts.

Your advice is great. There are a lot of Bank shifts going at the moment and they would help to support us while I trained. Just need to find something that suits my abilities.

OP’s posts: |
TheGroak Tue 30-Jun-20 18:58:54

I know exactly what you mean OP. I’m NHS too and I fantasise about the same. I have plenty of creative skills but no idea what I would feasibly for to earn a living.

Charlottejade89 Tue 30-Jun-20 19:07:19

I'm in the same boat, I'm 31, been in the NHS for 7 years and doing care work before that for about 4 years and tbh I'm sick of it now. I work as bank only and I'm pregnant with my second child. How I was treated by most ward staff when I was pregnant was awful and the same pattern is starting to emerge now. After my maternity leave I really would love to run a food stall or small business but I have no idea where to start. its definatly not too late, you've still got another 30 years til retirement possibly longer and it's a long time to do a job you dont love

Fcukthisshit Tue 30-Jun-20 19:27:31

@hangingupmyscrubs what about decorating / interior design? Lots of courses available to learn those skills (I guess might be a bit of a wait due to Covid for them to start though) 👍

FedUpAtHomeTroels Tue 30-Jun-20 19:39:17

I wish I had learned a trade and left the Nursing life years ago.
I fancied being a hairdresser, I did this for day release in high school. Then again I always wanted to work with computers back in the day. I was kicked out of the computer class and technical drawing in high school as they were boy classes. It was the late 70's and I wish I'd kicked up more of a fuss. Pic a trade to you like and go for it. Sewing and cake making seems more like pin money to me. I wanted something more concrete and saleable.

Join the discussion

Registering is free, quick, and means you can join in the discussion, watch threads, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Get started »