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  1. PS: sorry, I don’t agree with the advice to get a degree in anything BS. Soooo many people with just BIO or public health or political science or psychology have no jobs. What job would you have with just BIO? You can’t even teach kindergarten. If you get a pure BS, be ready to have an MS or something like that. Most of those people teach or research or go to other fields. I had a chem professor who after BS got an MBA and then PhD in bio/chem. Stupidest mistake he made - still paying the loans: don’t just get a degree for a degree. SPEND TIME Figuring OUT WHAT YOU WANT TO DO. I have friends who sell million dollar houses with just a real estate license and a high school degree.I have friends in construction and friends who are electricians and friends who work in insurance and friends who do ultrasound. This isn’t the 70s or 80s: just having a piece of paper isn’t enough anymore unless that paper is computer/engineering related or higher level specialized like PA, MD, JD, CPA... Clearly it's a trade-off getting a degree and, if you still have your wits about you, doing some research first is a great idea. It's a bit like being nearly broke and wanting to making a dinner out of whatever is left in your refrigerator. Don't make something that would be bad for you (i.e., no jobs) or that you'll hate (a career field you would hate), but don't just walk out the door and go to a fancy restaurant (ditching absolutely everything you've done already and incurring more debt.) It's better to finish in something than to walk away with nothing. The world continues to change, but you are generally better off with a degree than without one.
  2. Working for the state reviewing disability applications. Working for a pharmaceutical firm in technical support. PRN at an urgent care. Teaching for a paramedic program if no jobs at local PA programs. Starting a patient advocacy business for patients in need of such things. See if you can break out of your funk and see where your imagination might take you. Good luck. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  3. Me either. I did get one last year for the initial investigation. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  4. What’s this “next week” thing? I assumed we were going to get polled again but some postings suggest a name or names is/are going to be released? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  5. Pretty much all private sector jobs involve making as much money as you can for whichever organization you work for since that's what they're all about. Three observations after a half-century of work: 1. Each organization seems to have its own particular balance between doing a good job for its "customers" and making money for the Mother Ship. 2. You probably won't live long enough to see any given organization's problems solved to your satisfaction. 3. All jobs are not the same; find one you mostly like. That said, I recommend that you find an organization whose balance between profit and service you agree with, work for a nonprofit/not-for-profit (though you may be surprised how much they are revenue-oriented, too), work for a government agency, or start your own organization. In my case, I work for a doc who has a balance I can buy into and -- at least a few times every day -- I know why I'm there.
  6. You can go back to school virtually anytime. I started PA prereqs at 51 and PA school at 58. Before that, I got a master's starting when I was 27. With night classes in CC, even people with day jobs can do something new. I kept mine until I actually started PA school. Just don't lose hope. Take some time to find something to move toward, rather than dwelling on running away from your current life. Good luck. You can find your way. Just be patient with yourself. Sent from my XT1254 using Tapatalk
  7. No: don't do that! "Suck it up" may sometimes be a good short term strategy (like in school or basic training), but not for the long haul. You just keep denying your inner voice, wandering even further off course, and increasingly believing that this really is all there is for you in life. Nothing could be further from the truth. You are not a cog in someone else's machine, destined to work at something you've grown to hate with no recourse. If you don't know what to do next, make some time. Change your work schedule -- or your employer (not a bad idea anyway!) -- to free up a day every week or two. Then use that time to try something new, even if only in a little way. A class, a volunteer job, walking in the woods, job shadow a friend in another profession: whatever. New ideas tend to strike you when you make time for them to show up. Trying something new -- even in a small way -- is a good way to explore yourself and, ultimately, find out what you want to be next for you. Good luck from a fellow wanderer (about 30 years ago).
  8. It is hard to raise an average at the end of your undergrad career. If you want to state your case, you could take something like pathophys and get an A. That is the closest undergrad course to much of PA school.
  9. I feel for you; you may indeed be in the wrong career. And I agree with Rev regarding the issues with signing up for any long education path at 17 that ends up in a specialized advanced degree without first getting a chance to see all that's out there. That said, the fact that you now hate literally everything about being a PA can be a red flag. Maybe something that recently happened started this line of reasoning for you and maybe that one thing is the real issue? I remember talking to one of my kids when they were absolutely so down on something that they could think of not one good thing about it. It usually meant that their judgment was so clouded by their emotions that they didn't have the energy -- or the perspective -- to work their way out of what often turned out to be an identifiable -- and workable -- current problem. My daughter's fiance at the time (now her husband) referred to it as "She doesn't care what you say; the world is going to end tomorrow!" I can't tell how far you are away from clinicals or how much of an opportunity you've had to see directly what life is like as a PA. As a believer in the concept that spending a few hours in a job situation is worth more than months of thinking about it, I would encourage you do take some time over the upcoming vacations to do just that. If, after that, you decide that you really are in the wrong place, what to do next? Only you know that but, if it were me (and it's not), I'd get some kind of BS as quickly (and cheaply) as I could and then move on. Look into what it would take to finish where you are; going someone else may set you back years (and more dollars.) After you have a BS -- in almost anything -- you can change your career directions and get a masters or some additional classes and be qualified to do something else. And before you pick a different career, spend some time in it, working or shadowing. Good luck. One way or another, you'll get out of this. Don't despair.
  10. Yes. Get someone who can write the best evaluation. Peripheral Prof with great letter >> prerequisite Prof with average letter. Sent from my XT1254 using Tapatalk
  11. I’m assuming things were done to look for other underlying causes, like hyperthyroid, sleep apnea, or electrolyte imbalances? If you eventually do an ablation, I’d pick a center that does it all the time. Hopefully she won’t need an AV ablation and have to become pacer-dependent. Good luck! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  12. Probably a waste of time. Your reviewers probably got together that day or maybe the next and compiled their observations. To tell you the truth, we often forget the names quickly after doing our assessments, given all the applicants who come through. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  13. I think some of us forget what it feels like to be a new grad. Doing something you’re uncertain about — without backup — can be recipe for disaster. Listen to your gut, newbie! There are other, better jobs out there and answering the question about why you left should be straightforward. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  14. Best wishes for a mostly bright and happy future! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  15. I've seen -- and been a part -- of this show many times. You take a job thinking that you will always like it and then...after a while ...you just don't. You despair of your choice and at the same time feel helpless to change. "No one would hire me at my age," " I'd have to move," " I would have to take an enormous pay cut," " my spouse would be angry." Whatever it is, that kind of internal dialog just keeps you in the same trench, fighting and dying a little bit more each day. We mostly keep changing, and so do the particular jobs we have taken, so a mismatch between job and job holder is almost unavoidable at some point. Looking back, I seem to have changed jobs or careers every 7-15 years. Fortunately there is no law that you have to stay in any job beyond the point when it's obvious you're ready to leave. Yes, you have to make money to support yourself and your family, but you have way more options than you might think. To find your way out of this, don't despair to the point that you believe that all jobs are the same or "that's why they call it 'work.'" Be willing to try something new that's meaningful for you now. All jobs will have problems, but they don't have to be the same problems you are already sick of dealing with. Your only real job is to find something that you would like to do next. Once you accept that as your challenge, you may very well be surprised what you might find. Someday you might just look back and smile at just how much better your life has become.
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