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Updates on my career goals--things are looking UP!

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Holy moly, where do I begin?! We have got some serious catching up to do!! I'm SO sorry about being MIA on your blogs--catching up on SP is one of my missions for the weekend. I've missed you guys like crazy!! I still think of you all often and know I have a kicka$$ cheer-leading section here! Your support means the world to me! emoticon emoticon emoticon

As you guys probably read in my status, I got a new job!!! It's been nearly a year since I left the bank and went to school and the financial stress was starting to become overwhelming. My savings account dwindled faster than expected and my credit cards ended up getting maxed at Christmas time. The master's program I enrolled in fell through--basically b/c I figured out how little of an income I would be making as a social worker even with my master's degree. Spending all of that money on those courses just to come out and make about as much as I did at the bank didn't seem like the best idea anymore.

So then, as most of you know, I decided to change my degree and go for dental hygiene. I started taking classes and looking into programs that were close. There were 3 and ALL of them ended up being extremely hard to get accepted to. They required a 3.5 GPA from college and tons of pre-reqs. I had most of them in my prior college experience but learned that if they were over 5 years old, I would need to take them again. Do what?!! So it looks like I'll have to start from the ground up and become a dental assistant first. With my budget, it would end up being at least 5 years before I could get all of this completed.

Sooooo....I've been in a rut. It's like, now that I know what I want to do, why is it so terribly hard to get done?! Geesh!

I ended up applying back at the bank. It was always my back-up plan and with the financial stress and the fact that no other banks were calling me back, I applied for the two positions they had open. One was a teller--what I used to do there, and the other was a loan assistant. A step up from where I was before. It took a few months for the process to go through, but I got the loan assistant position!!!!

So now I'm thinking I will just work with the 6 years of banking experience that I have, possibly take some business and finance classes on the side, and eventually become a loan officer. I'll have some loan experience on my resume now that I'm thinking will definitely open up some doors for me.

God is working everything out and I'm loving the plan he is showing me now! Things are finally looking up for me!!! emoticon

Anywhooooo, I look forward to catching up with you this weekend!! Talk to you soon, loves! emoticon
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    When one door closes...

    So glad to hear that your finances and goals are looking up! Social work is such an important field, but it certainly doesn't pay for the value it gives... Everything happens for a reason, and taking those classes have brought you to this new beginning... Here's to your new job and new goals of becoming a loan officer!!! Here's to YOU, Leslie!
    1805 days ago
    Congratulations on your new job!! Good Luck!

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    1863 days ago
    Leslie, have you seen the mazes in puzzle books and comics sections of newspaper where the goal is to weave through the maze until you get to the other side? Sometimes we make it through right off, real easy; other times we bang against every deadend there is. Life seems like that. Some people know early on what they want their career to be and sail right through school into a job field they enjoy and stay with but for most of us it is trial and error, hitting those deadend jobs, bouncing back, heading in a new direction, over and over until, if we're fortunate, we find work that is satisfying and meaningful. A few unfortunate never make it out of the maze and stick it out in a boring, stifling job their entire lives.

    Glad you found something that for now seems satisfying. -- Lou
    1863 days ago

    Glad you are feeling better about all of this... I can just imagine the rut that would have placed you in. You survived and are stronger and beautiful as always.
    1884 days ago
    I'm glad things are working out for you. Congrats on the new job!
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    1907 days ago
    So happy for you! It's funny that just when we think we know what is best for us, God has other plans. emoticon
    1907 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    So happy that things are looking up for you - may many more blessings come your way!
    1907 days ago
    May God continue to bless your success on this journey we all share!
    1907 days ago
    It is hard to figure out what we want to do career wise. We want to change the world (I'm a teacher, you were going to be a social worker...) but we also have to support our family (and want to make $$ I was considering law school and you wanted to be a dental asst...) But ultimately, we have to do what works for our lives. Bank job sounds great and you can take your time, build your experience, take classes... Me, I'm still trying to figure it out. Last summer I was thinking of joining the Air Force. This summer I am thinking along the lines of health coach/Nurse...Haha. One day I'll figure it out!

    You are doing an amazing job--you lost 7 lbs this month--incredible! I lost half a pound and I was pleasantly surprised, lol! (But I've lost inches so it's all good!)

    I always think of you and miss your blogs and pictures and posts. I know you are busy but when you have time it's great to hear from you.

    Don't overwhelm yourself with catching up on SP...it can be quite time consuming... you're out there taking care of yourself, your family, your career...

    So, check in with us but don't go too crazy trying to get it all done!

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    1907 days ago
    Glad to hear that you got the better position at the bank and have some positive prospects for the future! It's tough; I haven't gone back to college to get a degree for much the same reason (shell out big bucks, work hard, and get what--little to no better pay? Um, no thanks!). The main thing is you sound happy and optimistic for the future, and that's a wonderful thing. WOO HOO!
    1907 days ago
    I'm so glad you've figured out something that can work well for you! Good luck and congrats!

    1907 days ago
    That is all so true about social work. Sounds like a wonderful job but rarely pays a livable wage. I am glad to hear you got the better job! So happy for you.
    1907 days ago
    I hear you. I am not sure if financially, getting my Master's was the wisest thing in my book. You have followed a wise plan, my friend. Congratulations.
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    1907 days ago
    Wow I didn't know about the 5 year rule, that stinks. Looks like you are taking a new path, that will work better for you. I'm glad to see you are happy with how everything worked out for you. Congrats!
    1907 days ago
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