Be the Boss Over Cancer

Hi, I was diagnosed with osteosarcoma while in the military. While it was a blessing in disquise to avoid all the exspenses I am now faced with my transition becoming a lot harder. I am limited with what I can do now since I had the cancer in my leg. I had to change my carrer goal from being a nurse to an accountant. Prior to joining the military I had already begun college with the concentration of pre-nursing. Since that is no longer possible and I am now applying to do bookkeeping/accounting which I have some experience with since it was a part of my job while in the military. I am not sure if it looks bad on my resume that I went to school for pre-nursing while applying for an accounting job. I am planning on attending school again but until I get my degree I am not sure how this will effect me in the mean time. Should I explain this in my resume or how do I make this look better?


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  • Sarah Goodell

    Sarah Goodell on May 12, 2014

    Cancer and Careers Staff Comment:

    Hi Adrienne,

    Thanks for writing to us and apologies for the delayed response. I have sent your question to our career coaches who will be in touch soon with their advice. In the meantime, I would recommend checking out our Job Search Toolkit (which can be downloaded or ordered for free here: as there is a lot of information in there about resume writing and career change.


    Sarah, Cancer and Careers Associate Manager of Programs

  • Julie Jansen

    Julie Jansen on May 13, 2014

    Career Coach Comment:

    Hi Adrienne, 

    I truly understand your concern about the perception people may have about your change of career direction however I assure you that most people won't think twice about it. People change their majors all the time in school and as long as you have a solid explanation for why you are now pursuing accounting (you found it rewarding in the military, etc.) you should not raise any red flags. 

    I suggest that you also send your resume to Cancer and Careers for a review of your resume so I can make suggestions about how to strengthen it for applying for accounting jobs. I hope this answers your question, however if it doesn't please write back again. 

    Take care, 


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