Friday, October 22, 2010

This is gonna be tough

Yesterday I walked on to the Diablo Valley Campus and not to watch Tanner dance either. I went to the information center to find out where to start to complete my education. I was told to go to the admissions office to make sure my transcripts from Shasta College had been archived. Yikes! It's going to be 12 year coming this next semester since I took a college class. I have 55 units I'm hoping will still apply to my goals.

Admissions said my transcripts where still viewable and I hiked up the hill to the counseling center to make my appointment. November 4th at 11am. WOW! I have already made progress.

DVC has this cool web site you can plug in you program and t will fill in your completed coarse work and see what you still need to do. Apparently I have 35 more units I need for an A.A. So 12ish classes I need unless the counselor can plug some of my classes in to places the program didn't. PLEASE!!!!! PLEASE!!!! PLEASE!!!!!! Let that be the case. I know I need all the math, health science, P.E. life/physical sciences. All the stuff that didn't sound fun the first time around.

That's right I love to learn. The problem is I love to learn what I love. Child development, political science, Literary arts. Gee I sound like a girl. I'm already getting off track seeing classes I'd love to take just flipping through the Catalog of classes. I see some classes on how to deal with the special needs of Foster children I could use now relating to behavior issues. Site management classes to be a director of a preschool, etc.

So how am I going to get excited about math again. I was good in high school. Marysa my fourth grader's homework is challenging. I can do it I just can't explain it. I'm sure I'll need to learn to explain again. UGH!!!

So any tips how to focus with kids and a job would be welcome. I have to get away from telecoms and customer service before I go mad.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Ugh and not the shoe

Today went in to the YMCA and was going over the hiring package. There was a huge miscommunication about the benefits. I don't think I am going to take the job after all. I guess I have been spoiled having health insurance that covered my family and not just my self.

For someone who is alone in this world, no husband or kids Perfect. Full health care and dental. For a person with kids it's an out of pocket expense of $500 per paycheck. Taking a pay cut with benefits we would be fine. I could be with my kids in the afternoon and enjoy working.

So here I am in tears practically thinking of going back to Corporation X. My kids come first. To me that means their basic needs get met. Food, school, health care and time with me just has to be last for now.

Resume gets sent again. I suppose I'm back at work in a week or so. Ugh!!!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

A small job hunt update

Monday I went to my first interview at YMCA East Bay. The job would a an Infant/Toddler teacher in Rodeo working with children from hard backgrounds. Foster Care and the Projects.

I have to tell you for a first interview I took Warren's advice. I let them talk, and ask the questions. Then when I was asked a question I clarified what was asked before answering. There where two women there asking questions and writing like crazy. Luckily Corporation X had prepared me for that. Every meeting with every supervisor includes 2 managers and a union rep writing down everything. However as unnerving as it could have been my answers must have been good. Carla whom conducted most of the interview offered me the job without even checking my background or references. She got over excited I guess and laughed a little and asked me if everything would check out. Yes. In my mind I guessed people might lie to get a job??????????

I couldn't be more pleased with the opportunity to be part of a bigger picture. To help the really small and the grown. I am excited and thankful. Not to mention some perks like getting off early enough to be a major part of my own kids lives, a beautiful drive through the country twice a day, a gym membership with discounts on children's programs, benefits and retirement, time to have a big garden again. What I can't make in money there I can always make when I finally finish my real estate licence. Life is a little brighter.