It’s at this time of year when many of us start to look at our lives and wonder if there’s anything that we can do better—for ourselves, and for our families. Career is often up there with the big lifestyle issues that we like to examine at the start of a new year, and if you’re feeling unhappy, unfulfilled, bored, or you simply want to make some more money and try something new, a complete career change could be the answer. For some of the best careers, you’ll need to retrain—so what are the careers that make going back to school totally worthwhile?
If you’re looking for a career that is more vocation than job, and that will give you real satisfaction, and knowledge that you’ve helped many different people in the course of a day, there isn’t a much better choice than nursing. By 2022, it is expected that there will be almost 530,000 new nursing jobs available in the USA. This gives you time to start your nursing degree right now, and be ready to walk into a new job by the end of it. It takes at least two years to train to be a nurse, but if you want to start at a higher level (and earn more money), then you should look into the four year RN course. It’s more expensive (around $8,900 per year, compared to $3,200 for the shorter course) but could certainly be worth it in the end.
If you already love experimenting with your food and coming up with delicious new dishes, then perhaps you’ll consider re-training to become a chef. There are lots of different courses available, and the one you choose will depend on how much time you can dedicate to your studies (whether it’s a full or part time course), and how much you can afford to spend on it. A course at the Culinary Institute of America costs around $54,000, but it’s a lot less if you go to your local community college—it all depends on where you see yourself going, and how much you can invest. Remember, once you have qualified, you may have to start on the bottom rung of the ladder in a kitchen, and sometimes it’s worth applying for a job at an entry level before you have a qualification, as you can learn a lot on the job that way.
Retraining to become an attorney is a long, hard task, but once you have qualified you can have a career that really makes a difference. It makes a difference to the people you help as an accident attorney in Northampton, and it also makes a difference to you and your family. Setting up your own practice means working the hours that suit you, and earning more money than you did before you qualified—all of which makes the work life balance a much easier one to keep control of.
Without teachers, there wouldn’t be any other kind of career. We all need to go to school, we all need to learn, as without our initial education, we’re going nowhere. So being a teacher can be one of the most rewarding jobs out there. Retraining to be a teacher will take dedication—it takes around four years—but if you want to be someone that kids look up to, and who might change a life or two for the better in the process, then becoming a teacher will suit you perfectly.