I am not sure if I mentioned it in an earlier post, which I am sure I did, I took a teacher’s assistant/aide course this year. I took this online course because I thought it would be a good idea at the time and that eventually I would find a job at a local school and have the same hours and holidays as my daughter. It really was genius. Why didn’t I think of this before I wasted 5 grand on medical transcription? Because I thought being an MT was the right choice at the time.
So here is the deal…
Before I had my daughter, I went to college for web/graphic design. I absolutely loved it. I thrived in this program and I had such big dreams. But after I had my daughter, I ended up moving out of the city and now, where we currently reside, there is nothing here. Yes, I know there is such thing as online and the internet. Here is the shittiest part, the laptop that I had with all my designs and what not, yeah, that shit the bed, and dumb ass me did not have an external hard drive to save that shit, so I had no portfolio to provide clients and companies with. Fuck me, right? I mean, yes, I could probably do some samples up and make a page for it right here. Hell, that might not be that bad of an idea. Anyways, but I hope you see what I was getting at. I did do some work for this group of friends down from the states for their web show but that did not go far and somehow lost touch. (I am not a Facebook person and do not have an account.) I also did a few pieces of work for a friend down in Ohio (I believe) for his band and one of my designs ended up on t-shirts and that was such an amazing feeling. Since, the band broke up and went separate ways.
Okay, before we go any further, yes I do photography. I never went to school for it, it just came naturally to me. I could make money off of it also but if you think about it, there are SO many photographers out there as it is and it is a huge competition, especially even where I live. Plus, I don’t do like kids portraits or family portraits, weddings, etc. Not my forte. If I could, which again I know I can, I would take my best shots, put them on canvases of different sizes and sell them or display them at a gallery. Oh, the dream. It is a bit harder to also have this dream in my region. Maybe I will look into it eventually.
Back in 2015, I decided to take a medical transcription course. It was an online course and VERY time consuming and difficult at times. I enjoyed it because I found it to be very challenging and I am always up for a challenge. Plus, what could be better than being a independent contractor and working from home? And I knew I would kick ass because I am tech savvy, so I know computers and programs quite well. The nerd in me comes out. And my typing skills are undeniably amazing. Not to brag but this cat can type up to 70 wpm minimum. About halfwayish through my course, I ended up being diagnosed with cancer, and survived a pulmonary embolism. I finished my practicum and course on time and graduated with honours. I applied right away after I was done with an online company. I was pretty stoked. All was well at the beginning and I was getting to know the doctors voices, their standards, yadda yadda yadda. But the real shitty thing was that they paid only like a dollar per audio minute and apparently I was not meeting quota. I was confused as I was taught quality over quantity but I guess that was not what they really wanted. So, after 3 months and only making just a little over 600$, I fucking quit. And to find any on-site work in my area is nil. So, fuck it. Waste of 5 fucking grand. Unless I move, which won’t be happening anytime soon.
Now, this past year, April, after much thought, I decided, “HEY!!! Why not taking a teaching assistant course online and get a job at one of the schools and get the same hours and holidays as my kid??? Great idea!!!! Let’s DO IT!!!!!” So I did. It only is costing me 49 dollars a month, so definitely cannot complain. Good course, lots of reading….let me rephrase that….TONS of reading but overall decent course. I wish it was not so based on American education system, laws, etc. But, whatever, not the end of the world. I took my sweet time with the course but just finally finished it like a few days back when I finished the final project for the program and sent it off for marking.
So, it is the end of the week and I am still waiting for it to be marked. I should also mention the project was fucking stupid and I mean, REALLY stupid. They asked for a 500-800 word essay, which I did not mind but the subject of it was ridiculous. They wanted me to write about paraprofessionals aka teacher’s aides in my current state and what are the requirements and is there further education and training needed, and whatever else. I do not live in the US, so I improvised and still made it work. But you would think the essay would be about what you have learned throughout the course and why have you chose this specific profession but NOOOOOO. I am hoping this essay will be marked next week and I can move on. The shitty thing is, in my area, HIGH fucking competition for this job also. Because all the mums here want to help at the fucking schools. Seriously, kill me now. So, as you can guess, there are currently no job openings for teacher’s aide in my region. A big FUCK YOU to that.
I do volunteer at my daughters school, more so her class, whenever I get a chance to just so I can add that to my resume if there happens to be an opening. I am also currently volunteering twice to three times a week at our local library in hopes to also get a job there. The library is my most favourite place to be and I would do anything to work there. I would like to eventually, no judgements, go back and get my library technician or become a librarian. Which I could be doing right now but someone said no, so. I would be super crushed, if when a position becomes available at the library, that why hire someone else instead of me, especially when I have put so much of my own time into helping them out. But I guess we will see what happens.
I might have mentioned that I wanted to write a book. I started. I got a page but I am not feeling it. I don’t think it shows me. I think my blogs show me more, so maybe that should be put back on the back burner.
That is my rant for today. I regret not going straight to university after high school. The economy here fucking sucks dick. And apparently, I shouldn’t be putting anymore money into education for yours truly. Fuck. Whatever.
Hope y’all have a great weekend. Stay warm. Stay safe. Thank you for listening. And, please, feel free to comment if you ever like, I will reply back.