Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Approaching unemployment

In a little less than 4 weeks, I'm going to be unemployed. Since I'm going pack to school, I like to job that I'm going to be "gainfully unemployed". Starting on August 16th, I'll be spending money and not earning any. The thought of that has been making me kind of anxious. I've spent most of my adult life working hard and saving money for retirement. The plan was to retire early.

Saving money for retirement and staying out of debt has been so important to me for so long, that I'm having some trouble coming to terms with the fact that I'm going to be unemployed and spending my retirement savings on an education for a new career.

11 more workdays until school starts.


  1. You know, at the age of 32 I was faced with being laid off from work. I was a homeowner and I was trying to "get ahead". I was laid off, along with 3500 other people, and so I sold the house, moved back with my parents, GASP!, and jumped into to school with both feet and didn't allow myself to look back.

    It was very hard, but I got through it in 4 years...with working a part-time job, at a hospital, doing some respiratory stuff. I was lucky that I was able to find a job doing what I was studying for...not sure if those opportunities are available where you're at, but keep your eyes open. I think you're a neighbour from the north..(Maybe) not sure how it is with socialized medicine..but it's worth it to keep your eyes open after your first clincial rotation is out of the way.

    Just keep your eyes on the prize..school will move very quickly...4 years passed before my eyes in a blink...now I'm looking at nursing school (again).

  2. With us, most of the clinical rotations are done in the third and final year. There's a bit of an exposure to the clinical setting in the first two years but I think that's just observing an RRT for a couple shifts.

    I've heard that the clinical rotations will start immediately after the second year, which means that I won't have a summer break between second and third year.

    I'll have a summer break between first and second year. I'll probably get a job during that summer or blow more of my retirement savings doing stupid things.