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When I Grow Up I Want to Be ????
October 2, 2009
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I am looking at being able to rejoin the workforce again after 15 years out. I have been out due to medical problems, and now that I should be able to start work again have NO clue what I can do. I do have time to learn a trade since I still have a ways to go before I can even think of rejoining, so I thoguht a degree would be good, or a trade school

I have checked into several things, but so far keep hitting walls as to what I can and mostly cannot do. My background: I was a typist mainly; good one at that. I LOVE law and would consider medical since my family is all medical. I need a job that will pay me enough to support myself should that be warranted. I can take college courses but online preferrably since I've not been cleared to drive yet. A GOOD job that a person could work from home would be great too.

My limitations. This is where I keep running into the problems w/ finding a career to pursue. I have neuropathy that has set into my left hand. I can do some typing but not all day like I used to do. I have problems w/ fine motor skills on the left hand side also. I, at this point, cannot stand for long periods of time due to neuropathy and edema. Hopefully most of this may subside, but I want to choose wisely considering the damage done may be permanent.

I need to find a career to learn that can start me w/ online classes and then will later be able to go in for clinicals or hands-on training. I live 40 miles from the nearest college where I live.

I thank each and every one that will help me out w/ what could be available. I have spent hours in monster jobs looking at the different careers; and so far, when I've found some I might like to do, have been shot down when I called that profession to ask them the extent of handwork that has to be done.

M&S, you mentioned there are things in the law field. Could you please elaborate? I only know of jobs w/ lots of hand work in law. Thanks.

October 2, 2009
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Hospital/medical coding? You can take certification classes and be done in a semester I believe. But that is lots of typing. I work as a medical assistant but again I am doing BP's, phlebe etc. so that may not be an option for you. How about back office work in a medical office or hospital - setting appts and such.

October 2, 2009
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How about paralegal?

I hear the starting salary is decent and those with experience can really do well.

Would involve lots of research I presume.

October 2, 2009
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Marika:

Thank you. I did check into that one and even had spoken to a couple online colleges and was ready to start. I then called a couple hospitals and they told me that most of it will be typing and using the fine motor skills so I had to decline on that one.

Can you tell me a bit more about back office work?

October 2, 2009
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Lolli:

Thank you. I have done paralegal work and it was a lot of hand work. IDK, maybe now w/ computers they don't have to go lookin thru the masses of books in the law library now. I'll check into that more. Thanks. I do like research. Do it all the time on the computer. Copy/paste and print screen are my favorite buttons too. šŸ™‚

October 2, 2009
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Also Mama....a great resource for researching careers is the US Dept.of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.

http://www.bls.gov/OCO/

It give govt.statistics on just about every career you can think of including job description, education/training requirements, salaries, related careers, etc.

I've found it to be a wonderful tool for my own search on what I want to be when *I* grow up.

Good luck!

October 2, 2009
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Thanks Lolli, will get to it soon as I can. I always appreciate new sites.

What are you goin to be when you grow up? just curious. I see several here taking college and was really wondering.

October 2, 2009
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when I grow up I want to be Happy, Healthy and a music teacher. šŸ™‚

How about a counselor Mama?

October 2, 2009
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To be honest Mama....I really don't know anymore.

When I first went back to school (almost 5 years ago now), my intention was to get a (Master's)degree in social work with a concentration in substance abuse. After a time and after going through therapy myself, I decided that I was no longer intersted in social work in the "clinical" sense and became more interested in the administrative aspect of the field. Also during that time, I enrolled in a transition agreement program with a four year univeristy in my state which required me to change majors from Human Servies to General Studes which I did but unfortunately, I had already taken several concentration courses so that set me back a year or two. So now I'm just plugging away to get my degree in General Studies and will switch majors again when I enroll in the four year college.

In the meantime, I just recently read that the school I will be attending now offers a degree in "Addiction Studies". I'm not sure yet exactly what that means but it has certainly piqued my interest. As a requirement of my participation in that joint admissions agreement I talked about above...I have to meet with an advisor from the four year school every semester so I will ask her about the new degree program then.

So as you can see after my long, drawn out answer....I have no idea what I to do. I know I would like to be in the human servies field. But I am still undecided in what capacity. Hopefully something that I enjoy that I can make a decent living at.

Having said that, I still have a ways to go and I am sure by the end of it all I will have a much clearer picture of which direction I will take.

October 2, 2009
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What about a remote assistant. There is a lady in my area who is hooked in with all the realtors. She creates graphs and presentations for them as well as emailing informational flyers on specific properties. They email her the photos and information, she creates the document and sends it back. It would be especially good if you could get in with commercial realtors as they sometimes need multiple page site selections to present to large clients like major retailer. You would need consideralbe computer skills but I have even done a little of it.

Bitsy

October 2, 2009
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Mama - the back office of a medical practice is the billing/statement and general office part. As our practice is very small, we do it all. One part of the day I do back office, one part I do the assisting, and I also do some front office (appt scheduling). The billing part IS computer work but in our practice it involves just pushing buttons on the computer for the electronic billing. Likewise for the statements. You can take certification courses for medical office.

October 2, 2009
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Hey MamaC:

I would consider your passions and your comparative advantages: you write and research well, love law and are knowledgeable and interested about medical issues. And you successfully worked for a law firm.

The typing issue can be overcome in good part, I believe by a dictation system such as Dragon Naturally Speaking. Watch the major office supplies stores and purchase a copy of the software when it is on sale. Get yourself up to speed on it and you will be able dictate most of your work with minor keyboard edits.

You can also get a digital recorder which downloads. Talk to tech people about possibilities. Check into equipment for the disabled. Lots of great advances.

I would suggest looking into paralegal programs first online and then on site.

More later....

October 2, 2009
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Bitsy: Thank you, will look into it. Actually sounds kinda fun.

Marika: Thank you for explaining to me. I ran a veterinary clinic for 3 years on my own and have worked off and on in one my whole life. My dad is a vet. I'll check a few doc offices and see if that would be feasible.

M&S: I do love law and research. I have heard of the Dragon Speaking program before but back then it was not very accurate. Will look into it again.

I meantioned to hubby today when he called that I was given this really cool website w/ all these jobs posted on them and what all it talks about. His words were... you don't need a career, you have me. (i'm rollin my eyes here). I told him that is nice but if something happened to him I'd like to be able to support him since he's supported me all these years. He still just doesn't get it. My answer from now on instead of trying to explain my position is "because I want it" and that will be it. How can anyone argue w/ that. Well, he'll find a way if there is one but not my concern. "I" want to go to school and have a career. ME, MYSELF, and I, oh and the mouse in my pocket too.

October 2, 2009
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Can you do typing with one hand only? I know it's not as fast, but I work with a number of "hunt-n-peck-er's" that can type almost as fast as the formally trained. Can't see why one handed typing wouldn't also work...

October 2, 2009
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Hmmm. Had not thought about that. Could try it and see. Thanks for the tip.

How fast do you need to type to get a job? I still type well just cannot maintain for long periods. I am not sure what I type now, but before was 120 w/ 98% accuracy. I think I could still do 80+ w/ 2 hands but will have to see w/ one.

Never thought of one handed typing. Thanks

October 3, 2009
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It has been ages since I have seen a "words per minute" requirement in a job posting. šŸ™‚

October 3, 2009
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Hi Mama!

Before you give up on anything that you really want, I would encourage you to seek guidance from a occupational therapist to see if there can be equivelent accomidations made for those tasks.

My company has a blind computer programer. I don't know him personally but have met him and heard that he is a genius at what he does. He has both software and hardware that provide accomidations for him to do his job.

One of my friends is a occupational therapist working with polytrauma soldiers. Some of them are able to get back into the workforce with accomidations. She knows all sorts of gadgits and gizmos that help people who are missing limbs, paralysis, severe head injury etc do the jobs that they want to do. Because of the Americans with Disabilities Act, if an accomidation is available that allows you to do the job then they cannot deny you the job based on needing the accomidation.

I say follow your dreams and talk to someone who can help you get at least something close to your dreams. If working as a paralegal is what you want, then look into the accomidations that will help you get it.

October 10, 2009
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Hello Mama C:

I wanted to add a couple of other ideas for you.

I suggest you do some research on scholarships and fellowships for women returning to school. One place to look on line is the Foundation Center. There are many grants supporting women.

Check into online paralegal training programs.

Consider doing informational interviews for positions you are interested in.

Also check Small Business Associations. There are mentors you could talk to who are retired and would be willing to advise. Spend some time gathering information about possible careers by talking to others and growth fields.

You could also talk to health insurance companies to combine your love of law and health.

Perhaps also consider getting a degree in library sciences, less typing and more research šŸ™‚

Wishing you all the best.

M&S

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