When I decided to stop working in the medical field I went back to school to pursue a new career as a teacher. When I made this decision I felt like I had tossed a big challenge in my path that I wasn’t too sure I could handle. As I started school, and got involved with the assignments I started liking it more and more so therefore my confidence began to build. I had lacked the confidence to adequately express myself, but I was beginning to be more assertive and I was able to express my opinions and feeling with more ease.
Being a writer
I enjoy writing for Associated Content, for the simple reason that I can accomplish the ability to express myself openly. I am able to do this on the side since teaching is basically a part time job for me. Being a writer for Associated Content helps me stay focused on things that are important to me. My interests, my talents, I shine as I sit and express my opinions and comments. I can remember far back when I thought I might like to work for a newspaper and do some reporting, but my lack of confidence held me back and I never felt smart enough. As I write today I feel smart enough, I’ve gained confidence and I feel important. But, writing for Associated Content has only played one small roll in my success in my liberating adventure to becoming more confident.
Medical field profession change
Working for doctors got me out of a non- productive state in the work force. If I had been a nurse or tech of some sort I think I would have stayed in that line of work, but I felt I needed to move on and do something that I would love. A good friend of mine told me that I could work for doctors because I was good with people. I said O.K. I am good with people. Earning the minimum wage of $3.10 an hour as a medical file clerk helped me change my mind to better myself. I started by liking the fact that I had to wear white: white shoes, white pants and maybe a little splash of color for a top since I had been working at a little children’s boutique selling clothes and accessories this was a welcome change. I loved being the file clerk my duties entailed helping everyone in the office find the chart of a patient that they needed at that particular time, right now. I hustled, ran, and found what they needed in record time. The Office staff loved me.
Understanding your abilities
Working for doctors can be a little tough in that they demand more and more of what you already feel should be enough of a work load, keeping up gets hard. As a medical receptionist you have more control over the procedures that keep the office running smoothly, my job as a receptionist gave me the ability to be more interactive with the patients and the doctor. Back then making the minimum wage of $4.25 an hour wasn’t bad, and I was closer to home. I managed to work for a prominent heart doctor for 8 years. I wanted to quit so badly. This doctor was very smart, she made me feel stupid at times, and I was stupid for working there 8 years or maybe not, I did learn a lot from her.
Going back to school
My love for children has always been a passion of mine. Helping with the children helped me to understand that this was something I should be doing more. One evening after I came home from a class I was teaching, my brother in-law could see the excitement in my attitude about the kids, and he said to me, you should be a teacher, Lois! A light bulb went off in my head; yeah I should be a teacher. Quitting the doctors office and going back to school was an easy decision to make. I learned a lot along the way and the doctors’ offices helped me be more professional, and confident, experience I needed.
Attending College late in life
College at 40 years old was exciting, I felt like a mom to some of the young people I met, I felt like I was helping them in some small way, but they were really helping me. I learned a lot about using the computer and how to effectively keep a schedule and prepare lessons. Needing a change and going to college can give a person a new life, a goal to accomplish and a new career if that is what you really want. In just a year and a half I was able to walk away with a teaching certificate that allowed me to work at a private school, earning 24 units of early childhood education. By actually going to a campus or pursuing it on-line can be easy, and each state has different qualifications. I have been a teacher for 11 years now and looking back I probably wouldn’t change a thing, I needed molding and life’s experiences do just that. If you need a change in your career embrace life’s every challenge and make the best of it. I love being a teacher.