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ChaiTeaChai · 16/11/2019 12:36

Apart from the fact I'm curious, making a career change. My heart is in midwifery but the pay is bad. I'm money motivated so know I could do something I'm less passionate about if it meant more money.

Currently doing an access course.

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Pardonwhat · 16/11/2019 12:39

If you want scope to earn more I’d personally apply to adult nursing. And then do the 18 month top up for midwifery degree (if available near you).
That way you have more options such as studying to be a Health Visitor.

Midwifery can be wonderful but bad pay coupled with absolutely chaotic understaffing (from an accountability POV) is making many walk away.

HotSince82 · 16/11/2019 12:39

Nurse, 49K. Private sector.

Pardonwhat · 16/11/2019 12:41

Just realised I didn’t really answer your question at all!
Anyway - I hope it was of some use!

steff13 · 16/11/2019 12:42

Adminstrative Law Judge. $90K. US, though.

AnchorDownDeepBreath · 16/11/2019 12:43

This isn't really the way to do it, even if you are financially motivated - mostly because you'll always get people coming on who earn £50k in marketing, but most marketers won't reach that, for example.

And because good interviewers will be trying to weed out people who just want the money, unless it's a niche type of job!

Do you want to stay in healthcare? What do you enjoy? If it's really just money that you want; sales is an obvious choice, and with your experience you could probably do more niche healthcare sales roles. I have a friend who has just swapped from midwifery to adult nursing as she's being paid more and the hours are better for her. Could you specialise more? Go private?

Ninjakittysmellz · 16/11/2019 12:45

Systems administrator. 25 hours a week, £16k a year. I had a “proper” career but I’m a single parent now and I was struggling to fit everything in and was driving myself to a breakdown. I’m financially not even earning a quarter of what I was, but I scrape by and it’s worth it.

MsRomanoff · 16/11/2019 12:48

Approx just 90k, with bonuses.

Service Delivery Director. No degree. Started in call centres at 24.

Pretty much just ensured I kept my experience ahead of people who had a degree hut lacked experience.

Worked in change for a bit then offered this. Besides the kids, my career was my main focus. Even when single parents. Cost me a fortune in child to maintain my career but worth it in the end.

Hisdoeherbuck · 16/11/2019 12:53

Nuclear engineering $67k. It’s great fun

SomethingAboutNothing · 16/11/2019 12:57

Student MW so currently paying £9.25k a year (with the help of student loan). It definitely isn't a job to go into for the money, but there are so many other rewards. That's not to say the career doesn't have its issues, and I'm not even qualified yet!

Biggobyboo · 16/11/2019 12:58

These threads always end up with most people having amazing careers and a six figure salary. Despite one in five people earning around the minimum wage and the most common salary being around 25k. 🤷🏻‍♀️

BlackSwanGreen · 16/11/2019 13:01

University lecturer, 45k (pro rata as I'm not full time).

Myusername2015 · 16/11/2019 13:03

Teacher on leadership scale; 50k.

Biggobyboo · 16/11/2019 13:05

Looking at the job listings for my city...lots of minimum wage retail work, teaching assistants on £9.50 per hour, band 5 nursing jobs paying £23-29k, minimum wage care assistants, cleaners, teachers (paying £24-35k).

Admin jobs paying 16-22k.

I must live in a different world to MNetters outside the southeast bubble.

HemlockStarglimmer · 16/11/2019 13:09

Retail. Part time. Minimum wage.

AsMuchUseAsAMarzipanDildo · 16/11/2019 13:12

I’m in the process of leaving midwifery, so clearly not in the headspace to recommend it. If you want to climb the career ladder, it is possible to earn 45k, but your job will essentially be bed management. To actually provide good care as a midwife takes so much out of yourself personally. The system is so horrifically underfunded, understaffed (as in not enough money to create enough vacancies) and totally chaotic. The midwives who actually care, go above and beyond, personally fill in the gaps in overall rubbish service provision; frequently leave with burn out in a few short years.

Also if you’re the sort of person who is driven, innovative, sees the bigger picture etc the NHS can be so hierarchical and procedure-driven it drives you mad.

I’d second adult nursing and a conversion course - simply because it opens up other opportunities if you find yourself burnt out.

Turin · 16/11/2019 13:13

Assistant Head. 60k

Turin · 16/11/2019 13:14

4 days a week

Countrylifeornot · 16/11/2019 13:16

Nurse here, 40k pro rata as I'm part time.

Smarshian · 16/11/2019 13:20

Restaurant manager £35k plus bonuses. Just quit to go to an admin role £22k pro rata as 4 days.

Biggobyboo · 16/11/2019 13:22

Again, lots of nurses on high salaries posting on here- but in reality, most nurses stay at band 5 topping out on 30k after a number of years.

Most teachers are not head teachers on higher salaries. If you look at the pay bands, teachers can earn up to 38k but many schools want cheaper teachers at the bottom of the pay scales....

Only on MN is everybody a senior nurse or deputy head. Wink

Tryingandfailing39 · 16/11/2019 13:24

£56k senior teacher

brushups · 16/11/2019 13:24

SAHM. Zilch.

DH is a banker. £200k+ depending on the year.

Biggobyboo · 16/11/2019 13:25

I’m a multi millionaire.

ViaSacra · 16/11/2019 13:25

Part-time GP partner (5 sessions a week). £80,000.

LuckyMarmiteLover · 16/11/2019 13:25

I’m a school accountant and I earn £43k pro rata as part time. I’m in the south west.

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