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Retraining to be a Speech and Language Therapist - am I crazy?

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Killerpinkflamingo Sat 05-Oct-19 19:37:47

I’m 35 years old and have worked in University admin for 10 years. I have been in my current role for 2 years, and they have offered me a promotion to the next grade. If I had been offered this promotion a couple of years ago, I would have probably bitten their hand off. But things have changed over the past year or so.

I really, really hate my job. My department is full of egos, and there is a real blame culture. Two colleagues are off sick with no sign of replacing them, and my team (what is left of us) is awful. No support, and I dread the days. I think it’s got to the point where I am sick to death of the university, (and I am definitely sick of admin!) and want a change.

I have always wanted to be a Speech and Language Therapist. There is an MSc in Speech and Language Therapy at the uni that I would love to do. To get on the course, you need a first degree in any subject - which I have - and speech and language therapy work experience. I have interviews for volunteer positions at the Children’s Hospital, and with a charity called Speak with IT, who offer therapy to people who are suffering aphasia after a stroke. My idea was I could quit my job, and apply for some part time work around these volunteer positions, so that I can get experience and apply for the MSc, hopefully to start in September. My current job is a nightmare to get time off from, and some of the volunteering is during the week - I highly doubt they would let me have regular time off so I could volunteer for something completely unrelated to my job.

My partner is completely supportive and wants me to do this - he says I’ve been stressed and upset for the past year and he wants me to do something that makes me happy. We have no kids, so I just need a job that gives me enough money to pay my half of the rent/food etc. Every time I think about throwing myself into this Speech and Language Therapy plan, I feel so enthusiastic and excited - I haven’t felt like that in ages. But at other times I have doubts - am I mad to give up a salary? I feel like I might be a bit insane to walk from a job with a decent salary, pension and benefits - but I really am so utterly miserable and can’t see this promotion doing anything but bringing more stress and misery. Any words of advice very welcome!

qwert9876 Sun 06-Oct-19 06:35:53

I have a friend who retrained as an SL therapist at a similar age and it has been the making of her. Good luck!

BagpussandTheClangers Mon 07-Oct-19 21:44:31

What's the worst that could go wrong? You leave your job, volunteer then decide it's not for you and go back to admin.

I would definitely go and get as much experience as you can. I work as a therapy assistant after years of doing something completely different. For me it was a toss up between OT and speech and language therapy. Having done the job I much prefer OT, however, I have decided against going back and retraining (also have a first degree).

For the Masters, the university course leader said that they wanted to see recent evidence of study (i.e. in the last year or so) due to the demands of the course which is pretty full on.

Look on NHS jobs, you might be able to find an assistant or support worker role that might fit the part-time criteria you are after.

TwentyMice Tue 08-Oct-19 20:19:16

I'm a SALT. It's a great job. Go for it!

pontiouspilates Tue 08-Oct-19 20:37:06

Another Salt here to tell you to go for it. Even with all the current madness in the NHS, I. Still look forward to going to work 14 years in!

Killerpinkflamingo Thu 13-Feb-20 09:34:51

I thought I’d come back to this thread and give an update. I got an offer for the MMedSci in Speech and Language Therapy yesterday, and I start in September 😃 I’m so, so happy! Thank you for all your advice and encouragement. I can’t wait to start my new career!

onewhitewhisker Tue 18-Feb-20 08:25:40

that's brilliant OP! Congratulations and good luck. Another NHS employee here and despite the problems there are so many positives.

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