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#469 - 03/24/2005 10:52 AM Am I nuts?
Anonymous
Unregistered

Let me start out by saying that I probably sound like a nut.

As compared to most people here I have a very well paying job of an electronics engineer. I am experienced (20 years) and never had a problem find a job in this field. The problem is, after about a year or two from my college graduation I realised that I really don't like what I do. So I haven't liked this work for the last 18 years or so!

I have always been interested in Psychology. So I desided to becore a clinical psychologist and go back to school for a Doctorate degree. Graduate psychology programs are notoriously difficult to get into, but I was accepted into a graduate program at a local (60 miles away) university.

I have 2 weeks to send in my deposit to hold my spot and I have been having daughts: Will I be able to learn (I am 42), will I be able to balance my family responsibility (I have two kids), will my husband tolerate me buing busy all the time with school work, will I last 5 years driving 620 miles a week, etc.

But I guess what really bothers me the most is how do I know I am not making another mistake. What if I don't like this job after spending another 5 years in school.

I am so unsure of what to do. Any thoughts will be helpful.

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#470 - 03/24/2005 20:07 PM Re: Am I nuts?
Anastasia Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 03/24/2005
Loc: Chicago
No not at all. My mother is a good example in your case. She went to school to become a nurse and decided to change her degree really late like you to Psychology. She graduated 2 years ago and went all the way to obtain a masters degree and is now licensed...she is 50 years old. It is really not a bad job, at first she had to put in some hours working for a company in order to get licensed...now she is able to have her own clinic and when you are private, you make about $100/hour. Funny enough, she met another person at her old job that is opening a clinic together in the summer. It is relatively a clean job, unless the family you have to counsel is dirty.

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#471 - 03/24/2005 20:34 PM Re: Am I nuts?
Anastasia Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 03/24/2005
Loc: Chicago
I am more of an nut than you are :) I have been trying to get back into school to finish up my music degree, but have been hanging out at farms too much! I am having second thoughts about my music degree, and have been working with horses now for the last half year thinking of how cool it would be to run a horse business. So my car is really dirty and muddy. I drive 1 hour away twice a week to have my "horse days" and am now driving in the opposite direction to get training on how to train horses (also 1 hour away). My parents are wondering what is going through my head, after 3 years of music school... Who knows. I just love it :)

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#472 - 03/25/2005 05:22 AM Re: Am I nuts?
Anonymous
Unregistered

What is important here is knowing what you like to do (this is not allways obvious) and being able to make a living doing it. I don't think too many people achieve this combination.

In the case of your mother, if you don't mind sharing, how busy is she? Charging $100/hour is great if you have a lot of clients. But if you don't and then subtract the office expenses you are not left with much.

Thanks.

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#473 - 04/02/2005 17:46 PM Re: Am I nuts?
Anonymous
Unregistered

Well the market is actually not bad for people who have their own private practice. The organizations charge no less than $100/hour, and I am sure that people paying for counceling would go with a private practice just to save a little money...in the meanwhile you are charging let's say $90/hr. Those organizations pay their employees only $15/hr (my poor mother), but she had to do it for her license, and she found out that these people were charging $100/hr to the clients.

The only thing you would have to do is make sure that you market yourself effectively, posting ads/brochures at places you would find people who need counceling (schools, doctor offices, etc.). That and have a website--link it to sites, create a metatag, publish at smartpages, yellowbook, etc.

Once your business is hopping, it gets easier, your clients start referring you.

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#474 - 04/02/2005 17:49 PM Re: Am I nuts?
Anonymous
Unregistered

My mother is starting her own business in June, she is opening a clinic with another licensed psycologist. I am helping out by designing their website free because she is my mom :) . I will keep you updated how it goes.

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#475 - 04/02/2005 17:56 PM Re: Am I nuts?
Anonymous
Unregistered

I can use myself as an example....I teach private music lessons, and started out passing out flyers. In two weeks I had 7 new students, which I charged $30/hr at the time, now it's $36.00.. I was worked to death working at this tool company full-time and my students increased to 31 students without any more flyers, just referrals (that was overload along with holding recitals).

Then something happened in my life that I ran away east and dropped all my lessons, I had to. I managed to make it back to Illinois, but only took back 16 of my original students (I am not sure what town I am going to live in), 4 of them I gave to another teacher. That doesn't often happen....I did set a goal this year to have 41 students by May/June, let's see how fast this can happen with just flyers :) Right now I have 21.

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