Carol Ann B Have always had a very strong work ethic, part-time jobs in newsagents, laundries, supermarkets & waitressing left me a bit 'busy' to bother with school.. until after I left, then I had to get my bum in gear at night school for decent qualifications. First up, I trained & qualified as a dental nurse; loved it initially but after 4 years of mixing stuff, sucking spit & making appointments really couldn't stay any longer & went to nursing college; qualified as registered nurse and worked like a trojan for the NHS for years, general medicine, palliative care, spinal injuries & brain injury rehabilitation laterally, with plenty of private agency work along the way to pay for various complemetary health courses (which interests me still) Took a detour into nurse recruitment for a few years (due to relocation & job availability) and absolutely loved the 'buzz' but did miss patient contact & clinical 'stuff'. Another relocation, and 2 kids later, I began working in complex community healthcare, working with paediatrics for the first time, which became a real passion for me & the driving force for me to move into management; next 5 years are a blur of blood, sweat & tears, with lots of smiles & laughs along the way, but ultimately took a huge toll on my health & wellbeing; when faced with potential redundancy, had a massive wake-up call and realised the only thing I was fit for at that point was nothing & I didn't want my kids to remember their Mum being the one sat by the poolside on her work laptop! Began running to beat the stress and lose weight (which worked)better for the stress than the weight, hey ho) and my head cleared enough to rethink my workaholic ways. Left the stressy job, had a brief foray into nursing home management, which definately wasn't for me, plus I needed to find a job to fit around family life & studying for the degree I've been wanting to do for at least 10 years; so here I am now, working regular night duty & studying social sciences (quite looking forward to being a professional busy body, I'm already a good amateur!) The job I now do is not my dream job, but it facilitates me moving towards getting there, plus I can be with my family and fit in my fitness goals, so I'm really very lucky:) I think my dreamjob would be working for a national charity, putting all of my experiences to date into play - even then, I'm never going back down the 'live to work' route!!