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Has anyone done a Masters conversion course to change career?

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CountryLovingGirl Mon 26-Dec-16 09:10:16


I am hoping to change career in the next year...or get on the path to changing career. I am in my early 40's and have 2 children and a DH who works shifts FT.

I am top of band 6 in the NHS but want out as the hours are becoming ridiculous and we have little time together as a family (once you factor in 2 shift workers and school term times). I want a new challenge and something else to get into before I get way too old.

I already have a BSc and MSc (in the life sciences) but would be willing to do a Masters conversion course. Has anyone done one and moved into another career successfully?

I would love to work from home so I starting to think I should look at the IT world. I like messing about with clinical data (numerous projects done over the years) so if anyone can suggest anything let me know! Mainly though, I want a better work/life balance (ideally weekends off). No nights! DH is taking unpaid time off from work each time I have a block of nights so we are also losing money. Not sustainable since my hours changed.

Dyrne Mon 26-Dec-16 09:33:11

Have you looked into doing something using your nursing experience but more regular hours - just wondering if maybe clinical trials / occupational health / travel clinic nurse type thing might be an option and that wouldn't require you to retrain?

Dyrne Mon 26-Dec-16 09:35:21

Sorry, saw band 6 and assumed nurse but just realised you didn't actually specify...

EBearhug Mon 26-Dec-16 21:22:35

Yes - I did an MSc con version in Computer Science. I had been working in libraries and since then have been working in IT. If you're interested in IT, there was a thread in employment issues a couple of months back.

EBearhug Mon 26-Dec-16 21:32:45

This thread -

CountryLovingGirl Mon 26-Dec-16 21:50:27

I'm not a nurse. I work in pathology.

CountryLovingGirl Mon 26-Dec-16 21:51:24

Thanks EBearhug - I'll take a look at the link.

Dyrne Mon 26-Dec-16 22:06:20

Ah right yes sorry!

tribpot Mon 26-Dec-16 22:19:43

Were you thinking about healthcare IT? There are lots of clinical staff who work in that sector as we IT folk are not trusted to know anything about the business side of the work grin. I'd maybe look around for opportunities, particularly secondments, into IT projects to get a sense of the work and then decide about retraining. Feel free to message me if you would like, although I'll be offline for the next couple of days.

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