Hello all, Thank you for having me. I am brand spanking new to all this, I have joined the forum in order to glean as much information and advice as I move on to a new chapter in my life. After a 25 year military career (in a non-medical field) I have decided that it is no longer the life for me and have been looking for a new challenge and new career. I'm motivated by serving, from the age of 17 I have served my country and its been very rewarding on the whole; however it is time to put down some roots, stop moving around, and serve my community on a more local scale. For a long while I have seen my future in a caring profession, I thought that I would go down the paramedic route, but after much reflection and research I can see that nursing will be the road to take. I have a very caring and compassionate nature, I get a real buzz from being able to help people ... nursing seems to tick all the boxes I have for a fulfilling and rewarding new career. Furthermore, I enjoy interacting with young people, I find it easy to engage with kids ... so I'm set on applying for a place on the Nursing Studies / Registered Nurse (Child) BSc (Hons) course. Tricky though, returning to full time study will be challenging enough in itself. The financial side of the undertaking for starters ... university study isn't cheap! With a bit of belt tightening and student loans it's achievable but I do wish that I had come to this point earlier in life when there were bursaries available. Secondly, returning to university as a mature student will bring challenges too I imagine. I'm not TOO anxious about the prospect of academic work as its only a couple of years since I earned a BA(Hons) through distance learning. But it will be a massive change in pace of life, certainly outside of my comfort zone. Entering a completely new environment in my early forties is a little disconcerting. I am right at the start of the journey, my plan is to apply for a place on the course to start September next year. The time between now and then I need to spend getting my ducks in a row and preparing for the best chance of success. Get a place on the course, first and foremost, then get the finances sorted before settling down for three years of hard study. I shall be having a good old nose around here to harvest all the useful tidbits I can. I'll be particularly interested to connect with other people that have done this later in life, especially anyone else who made/is making the transition from military life to student nurse. Thanks for your time, I look forward to getting to know you.