Change… you can do it!

February 25, 2016

So often I hear the lament of the young… ‘what am I going to do with the rest of my life?’

Or the 30 or 40 something telling me they hate what they are doing… but ‘it is too hard to change or go back to study at this late time in my life’.

Well I am here to say it is never too late and it isn’t that difficult… you just need to want to change and set about doing it.

In my life to date I have had four very different careers, raised four children – much of it as a sole parent. Yet if my husband hadn’t left, it is likely that none of this would have happened. I would probably still be doing a job I hated, living the same suburban lifestyle and probably feeling stuck.

So here I am today at 57 years of age, commencing a graduate position in a field that I have worked in for the past three years – something that makes me feel good and hopefully makes a difference in the lives of others.

In my life I have been an accountant, a farmer, an environmental manager and run native nurseries and now finally a nurse.

I ran away from home and moved to the Sunshine State when my youngest finished school. I did a diploma in enrolled nursing, got a job in nursing and studied for my degree.

Brisbane is a fantastic place to be; I live in the bush and work in the city and because I now love my work, every day is special.

You can do it, reinvent yourself. Or have you already?

Anne Ovington

After a successful career in management, Anne decided to leave her home in Victoria at aged 52 and run away to Brisbane to study nursing. Now a qualified nurse, Anne embraces change… working in the city, living in the rural outskirts of Brisbane.