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    Hi,
    I'm having a bit of a nightmare deciding what to do after I graduate. I'm unsure whether to do teaching or nursing after I graduate from my degree in foreign languages. A part of me is saying do an adult nursing pre-reg masters at Salford or UCLAN and another part of me says just do teacher training because it's sort of "expected" of me. Is anyone studying teaching or nursing at postgraduate level who can help me out with some much-needed advice? I'm thinking of trying to get some more experience in both fields as I'm just so confused.
    Thanks guys!
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    (Original post by chatty_george)
    Hi,
    I'm having a bit of a nightmare deciding what to do after I graduate. I'm unsure whether to do teaching or nursing after I graduate from my degree in foreign languages. A part of me is saying do an adult nursing pre-reg masters at Salford or UCLAN and another part of me says just do teacher training because it's sort of "expected" of me. Is anyone studying teaching or nursing at postgraduate level who can help me out with some much-needed advice? I'm thinking of trying to get some more experience in both fields as I'm just so confused.
    Thanks guys!
    Nobody's ever going to find your thread in that rather specialist forum, so I've moved it here, but you'd be better off posting separate threads in the Nursing forum and the Education and Teaching forum.
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    (Original post by Carnationlilyrose)
    Nobody's ever going to find your thread in that rather specialist forum, so I've moved it here, but you'd be better off posting separate threads in the Nursing forum and the Education and Teaching forum.
    Thanks
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    Do you have any experience of nursing at all? If you don't it's a good idea to get some to a) see if you like it and b) a lot of postgrad nursing courses expect a fair amount of experience.
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    (Original post by moonkatt)
    Do you have any experience of nursing at all? If you don't it's a good idea to get some to a) see if you like it and b) a lot of postgrad nursing courses expect a fair amount of experience.
    I have volunteered at a hospice and absolutely loved it. I would help the nursing staff carry round oxygen tanks and spent a lot of time with terminally ill patients. During this time I also witnessed some of the patients pass away which was difficult at first but I coped with it a lot better than I first thought. I have also been on a neonatal intensive care unit and observed the staff look after some really poorly premature babies. I've really got a passion for helping others.
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    (Original post by chatty_george)
    Hi,
    I'm having a bit of a nightmare deciding what to do after I graduate. I'm unsure whether to do teaching or nursing after I graduate from my degree in foreign languages. A part of me is saying do an adult nursing pre-reg masters at Salford or UCLAN and another part of me says just do teacher training because it's sort of "expected" of me. Is anyone studying teaching or nursing at postgraduate level who can help me out with some much-needed advice? I'm thinking of trying to get some more experience in both fields as I'm just so confused.
    Thanks guys!
    I would definitley get some more experience, they are two quite different careers. Do you have any classroom based experience?
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    I would definitley get some more experience, they are two quite different careers. Do you have any classroom based experience?
    Hi jelly1000,

    Yes - I know they are such a contrast from each other which is what's problematic really!
    I do have classroom experience and have worked at my old school in the primary school but also with the seniors, particularly sixth form. I have monitored the children in primary during play times (the school was also short of a welfare assistant at the time) and helped them with their reading and writing which was really rewarding and I have also had the opportunity to teach some foreign languages (whilst supervised) by the teacher in charge.

    I loved it my teaching experience as well but just cannot seem to make my mind up which one is right for me. I'm attracted to teaching because of the more sociable hours but I absolutely love the demanding nature and constant learning associated with nursing.
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    (Original post by chatty_george)
    Hi jelly1000,

    Yes - I know they are such a contrast from each other which is what's problematic really!
    I do have classroom experience and have worked at my old school in the primary school but also with the seniors, particularly sixth form. I have monitored the children in primary during play times (the school was also short of a welfare assistant at the time) and helped them with their reading and writing which was really rewarding and I have also had the opportunity to teach some foreign languages (whilst supervised) by the teacher in charge.

    I loved it my teaching experience as well but just cannot seem to make my mind up which one is right for me. I'm attracted to teaching because of the more sociable hours but I absolutely love the demanding nature and constant learning associated with nursing.
    I see, do remember with teaching that although you don't have nightshifts you do need to do a lot of work outside of classroom hours- planning, marking and staff meetings and parents evenings.
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    (Original post by jelly1000)
    I see, do remember with teaching that although you don't have nightshifts you do need to do a lot of work outside of classroom hours- planning, marking and staff meetings and parents evenings.
    Yes that's true - there's an awful lot of work involved in both professions. I think the government are making it so hard to become a nurse these days though such as cutting NHS bursaries which so many student nurses depend upon. With teaching there still seems to be a bursary (especially for foreign languages) which appeals to me a lot more. Whilst I dream of going into healthcare I doubt that I would be able to fund a healthcare course because of the bursary being cut but with teaching the opportunities seem to still be there. Maybe it would be easier for me to bite the bullet and do my PGCE in secondary school languages?
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    This is an old thread but I'm curious what you went with as I have the exact same dilemma right now
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    (Original post by rnv)
    This is an old thread but I'm curious what you went with as I have the exact same dilemma right now
    Hi,
    I think I'm going to go for teaching mainly because of the bursary offered to teachers of MFL. I cannot really afford to do nursing due to the changes in funding and the withdrawal of the NHS bursary for student nurses. I don't think that I would have been able to cope with working long night shifts so sadly teaching is my only option. Wish it could be different but that's the way things are at the moment.
 
 
 
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