Monday, August 20, 2007


I just got accepted at the local Community College, again. Every couple of years I go back with the intention of getting a Certificate or another Associates Degree but I usually stop just short of the final goal. Usually it's a realization that, while I enjoyed the classes, the actual application of knowledge is boring as hell. In other words, the career sounds good in theory but in reality, not so much. So far I've been through the Paralegal program and the Medical Transcription/Billing programs. Now I'm going for Business Management.

What it really boils down to is I have lots of skills but no framework. I should be managing a department in some corporation by now instead of taking jobs as a lowly peon. And, while I may not completely enjoy the grind of a "real" job, I know that I can be really good at anything I set my mind to. So why Business Management? Like I said, I have the practical skills, now I just need the principles to go with them.

The next thing I need to do is find a part time job before classes start. I plan on taking online classes so my schedule should remain flexible for the time being and, although I enjoy Secret Shopping, it's not exactly paying me on a regular basis. Yes, I'm getting by but I need something a little more solid for a few hours a week. In case you haven't guessed, I did not take the low paying job I mentioned in my last post and, right after I submitted my application to be rehired at the hospital, they instituted a hiring freeze. With those options gone I've been trying to figure out what I want to do and today is when this whole Business Management plan hit me. I can't guarantee it's going to work out but at least its something.


Anonymous said...

Go for it! I don't know that I agree with on-line classes - I think you have to learn with a group and make connections in real time to get the most out of it.

Anonymous said...

That was me above - your former nearest neighbour blogger, Biggestron! (oh I miss Bay101!)

Shelly said...

Congrats! Re: online classes - I did my entire masters degree online, and there are ways to connect with people via the magical powers of the inter-web-thingy, if the educators do it right. I made lifelong friends from a couple of my peers that were in my degree cohort, and they're people I'd have never met any other way, from all over the country. (Kind of like the whole poker blogging thing...). It can be more difficult due to the self-motivation required (and the lack of time-and-place types of deadlines), but good online programs require interaction between students via discussion boards, chat rooms, etc. My school actually had us do weekly 1-hour synchronous meetings, where we could hear our professor speaking live, and the rest of the class was communicating with him and the students via a text based chat room. We did online group work, did collaborative projects, and had plenty of online avenues to communicate with each other. I don't feel like I missed out on anything. We all met face to face for the first time at graduation. It was surreal and quite rewarding! Anyway, I'll get off my instructional technology soapbox and wish you good luck with the new endeavor! I'm thinking about going back to school myself, for meteorology.