OK am working in education (not in the classroom) I enjoy my work but it's not v secure, being in the voluntary sector. Have always wanted to be a midwife, used to work for NCT as antenatal teacher. My youngest is settled at secondary school...I am 50, it feels a bit like now or never...there is a uni fairly local, and as I understand it I would at least get my fees paid. thoughts please?
depends on the income. I've gone down the salary ladder in the past 4 years but it was because of going part time as I've had 3 children since. sometimes I regret the decisions I've made on my career as it means I don't make as much money as I believe I should.however, I've spent more time with my children. you should list pros and cons. have you spoken about it with your family?
only with dp. 3 of dcs are, technically, adults, and I imagine I'd be spending less not more time with the youngest, not that he would be too concerned I think. thanks for your input, have to go now, but all feedback welcome, (esp from student midwives!) will check in later
Go for it! If you can afford the drop in income and it's something you're passionate about then you should definitely go for it. Obviously the drop in income is a concern, but looking at the bigger picture, your family will benefit in other ways from you doing something you really want to do. And it's only three years and then you'll be earning again. Like you've said, your fees will be paid, and your DP will pay reduced rate council tax. Some uni's still offer the diploma programme (although not many as it's being phased out) which pays a bursary of approx £6k a year.
The job situation for midwives is pretty dire at the moment but there are still jobs around....and who can say if things will change over the next three years. You'd have the option of practising independantly too.
At 50 you're not too old (the average age of a newly qualified midwife is 41) but I wouldn't hang around too long. Do it!
went to open day yesterday and they were very encouraging....am now sitting here flicking between UCAS and MN! interesting abiut the average age, I'm surprised it's as old as that! they told me at uni that most of their students 'end up' with a job. Is this something you've done, DDG?
OK have started my application... tis v exciting but nerve racking, and that's just doing the application. Am thinking, I'll get on with that while still thinking about it, as if I don't, time will slip by and I'll be too late for next yr. Still welcome hearing other's experiences. How come you didn't finish, DDG, if that's not being too nosey?