My friend Amber called the other day with a dilemma. She’s looking for work as a nurse. She wants to go to California, but she can’t get a job long distance despite trying repeatedly.
She’s pretty sure that her current hospital (where she worked while in school) will take her. But it will make her sign a two-year commitment. That’s about twice the normal requirement.
She’s been miserable in Florida for at least three years. She started the nursing program with the plan that she’d move to California once she was done.
She actually did everything right, which is why it’s all so frustrating. She got a part-time job as a nurse’s aide while she was in school, so that she’d have experience when applying for jobs.
She figured out that it was smarter to get certified in Florida, where she at least had part-time work, and then have it transferred to California. (Just getting an appointment to take your boards can take up to a month, and she didn’t want to be unemployed for that long.)
But hospitals wanted her to be certified in California before they’d consider her. And if she applied by mail, it would take around two months — compard to two weeks if she went in person.
So she found a cheap plane ticket and stayed (on a friend’s couch) just long enough to apply in person and make sure everything was done correctly. Then she started applying again.
But she was in Florida, and hospitals wanted her to already be in the state.
So she had to choose:
Stay in Florida for two years and have job security, but be completely miserable, or
Risk everything by going out to California, staying on a friend’s couch indefinitely and hoping she could find work
I told her to get her butt to California.
On paper, that’s terrible advice. Financial security is one of the most important goals I can think of.
But she needs to get out of that state. She’s been miserable for ages. Also, she has almost no friends there, thanks to a jerk of an ex who isolated her and drove most of her friends away. It’s been over a year since she dumped him, but she still has no real close relationships there.
So, I think I gave her the right advice for her — even if it was bad financial advice.
What would you have told her?