First of all, I want to thank each of you for the wonderful difference you all make in this world. I know people don't go into this field to get rich!
I'm 36-years-old and have spent the majority of my adult life fighting kidney failure. I just had my second kidney transplant about 3 1/2 years ago. I started back to school this past semester to work on getting my BSW. I really want to work with transplant patients, or patients who are terminally or chronically ill. I know in order to be a hospital social worker, you need your MSW. I've looked around for jobs in my areas (AZ) and have noticed that almost all the social worker positions in hospitals require an MSW or an LCSW, plus at least 1-5 years of experience. Between that and reading about how difficult it is to find a job in this field, especially after 40, I'm a little nervous that I'm choosing the wrong field. I feel like I was created to do this job. I've tried talking myself into other types of jobs, such as nursing (bleh), but in the end, I just don't think I'll ever be happy doing anything else. I have no real job experience though. Like I said, I've been sick with kidney failure since I was 20. I just wonder if it's unrealistic to think I can start a career at 40, which will be my age by the time I finish my master's degree. Any thoughts, ideas, advice or suggestions? Thanks ahead of time for the feedback. I truly appreciate it. Have a great day!