Especially when you take fast track classes. My 2 courses are both 8 weeks long which means they cram 16 weeks of work into half the amount of time. It’s great for getting through the program quickly (and at my age, that is important lol) but with working and trying to keep up with my websites, it’s alot to keep up with. Add to that a new grandbaby and an aging mother, there’s not a minute to spare!
I’m finally over my cold other than a bit tired due to not sleeping well. It’s got a lingering cough that only seems to bother me when I lie down. I’m just happy it’s as light as it is. If I get through this season with only this slight cold, I will count my blessing!!
Making the decision to go to college was not an easy one. I’ve always wished I would’ve done it when I was younger. Many things got in the way of college when I was a teenage, the biggest being I didn’t even know it was a possibility. I grew up in the 70s and while that was after the sexual revolution had taken place, we were raised with the idea you got married, had kids and lived happily ever after. It was a confusing time. Society was beginning to change but that doesn’t mean college was mentioned when it came to girls anymore than before. My parents were like most others and adding religion to the mix meant that you were supposed to get married and procreate. Of course at the time, parents didn’t know much about anything because they had never been exposed to the events happening in the 60s and 70s so it wasn’t any wonder that our generation got lost in the translation.
So, once I had kids, I realized how important education was and started attending night school. That got me into a Paralegal technical program which gave me a legal foundation. When I went to work at the bank, employees had free and reimbursible tuition for certain related classes, ya know, back in the day when corporations invested in their employees. I took a ton of business courses which gave me my computer backing and management skills. This was like 4 years of schooling but I never got more than certifications. In this job market, more is definitely better so a bachelors degree trumps everything I have except experience which doesn’t seem to matter anymore.
After coming back to Florida, the economy everywhere was so bad, it was very difficult to find work. I’ve also been middle management for several years now which is pretty much a non-existent career option anymore. Oh, they place ads with the titles but they pay ridiculous wages to go with all massive responsibilities. I’ve seen management positions with 2 pages of duties, bachelor degree required, advertised for $8-$10 an hour. Well, see that for awhile and it becomes very apparent that something has to change. I couldn’t change the market so I decided I had to make the change instead. College made perfect sense 🙂
I also have the porn industry to thank for the negative internet presence prospective employers find when they google applicants such as myself. This was another issue I realized I will deal with forever. The best way I found to tackle that is to work with it instead of against it. There are plenty of industies out there that need my skills. Small businesses need help at affordable prices and they don’t care where they get that help from ;p Computer crime and security are very important to all businesses which is something I’ve gotten quite good at lol. Having worked in an industry so well known for its’ criminal activity gives me an edge to understanding the criminal mind and their use of technology to prey on others. When you add in a clean background check and 15 years of professional experience to go with it, I’m quite the catch for many out there. All of this is how I came to the conclusion that additional education was not only a good idea, it was a necessity if I was going to rebuild my life in any type of meaningful way. I wanted a positive outlet and I found it.
My first choice was to become an attorney. If I could go back and redo my life, I would go to law school. Being realistic though, I want to enjoy my newfound knowledge and law school takes a long time (especially while working too) and is very expensive so I would pay probably my entire life at this point. That made me think about other career choices I would like and which involve the law since it has always been a passion of mine. Most who know me know I love a good debate so it is a natural for me 😉
One of my other past career interests was as an private investigator so this is the path I am going to take and have already begun the process through the college courses I’m taking. I think it will be fun for me in many ways and is perfect for my personality. I have a great intuition that I’m finally tapping into and my business and computer skills are actually great for many of the jobs investigators handle. I also figure if I can’t be an attorney, I can be the person who gathers the evidence to make their jobs easier. It also means I can help pass it forward by helping those who seek justice to build the best case possible for them. I’ve gotten quite good at gathering evidence because I understand the law so well. This is going to be right up my alley!!
Now that I’ve figured out what I want to do when I grow up, the fun is just beginning 😉