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PostHeaderIcon Back to reality, now get to work!

Well I’m done; I’m finished, that’s it, that’s all, well, just about it.

School is over; actually it was over at the end of February.

Then I had a month of fun at CHEO, and now I’m looking for work.

I finished all of my class room work and exams at the end of February; that was fun.

I haven’t done exams like that, ever. I wasn’t the best student in high school, perhaps it was the fact that I NEVER did home work and I think I may have studies for one or two tests. Yep I was one lazy boy.

Well that sure changed!

So I passed my writhen exam no problem the practical that was a different matter.

Well lets just say that Murphy’s Law was in full force that day, trust me it was a bit of a cluster frack, but we got through it, my lab partner and I were quite relived to have finished and even more relived to have passed.

So then it was out in to the real world! 150 hours of practicum to get or feet wet in the real world and to see if we actually learned any thing.

So I had the honor of going to CHEO, the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario

That was an amazing experience, I did have a few eye popping moments, like when I was in the blood lab and a kid fainted on me. Yep poor kid passed out cold after getting a blood sample taken, I thought I had done something horribly wrong, but my instructor laughed at me a said “this sort of thing happens all the time! You’ll get used to it!”

Five minuets later another kid fainted, and I had nothing to do with it, felt better after that.

I also got to see the sad part of the hospital, I saw an autopsy on a young child. I won’t go into any details, there not needed.

But even in death something can be learned.

In histology we would prepare tissue samples and slides for the pathologist to exam so that they may learn something about what went wrong.

I got to see and experience a lot in the month I was there, including getting a “supper bug” that knocked me on my ass for three days, haven’t been that sick in a while.

One thing about working in a hospital is if you are sick, they want you to stay home!

Gee go figure if you’re sick, stay at home and get better so you don’t spread it around! What a novel idea!  A few places I used to work could learn from that.

CHEO was fun and a fantastic experience, I hope some day to work there, I can’t say enough about the staff and every thing that they did for me, they are a great group of people.

If you want to read my thank you note that was published in the Ottawa Citizen you can see it here.

I have to get a job, and right now , there’s not a lot of hireling going on, got figure, 8 months ago there were lots of job in my field out there, now not too much and there are a whole whack of us students looking for the same  jobs, lots of competition .

So that’s were I stand right now, looking for work, sending out lots and lots or resumes and waiting, I hate waiting.

I have to; hopefully I won’t have to wait too much longer and I’ll land that big job!

Or any job, need to pay bills at least that will make the bill collector happy!

Oh well back at it  time to see what out there for me!

PostHeaderIcon Back To School

back to schoolWell week one has come and gone, as well as week two, now I’m on week three of school.

Got to say that I’m starting to get the hang of this school thing, but the first two weeks we’re kinda of easy, it was basically you’re back in school so this is how to study and how to do home work, (there will be lots!), the second week was how to be professional and how to give a good presentation, we did two one as a group and one by ourselves.

I totally messed mine up, I froze, I got so nervous beforehand that I messed it up totally, and I think most people thought I did ok but I screwed up royally! Man was I pissed off at myself.


But I have to say I was impressed by my fellow classmates, the youngest is 18 and the oldest is closer to 50, as well as people who are traveling far and wide to take this course, one girl travels two hours every day back and forth, she may be traveling the farthest but others have a trek to do as well,and  some who  take the buss are at the mercy of the bus drivers, glad I have a car.

I just hope that the winter driving isn’t too bad this year! That’s dedication for, you sitting in a car for 4 hours a day just to go back to school; you’ve got to admire that.

The other nice thing about my class mates is attitude, well most of them any way, there are always one or two that need a kick to get going, but the majority of the class is in it for the right reasons, they want to succeed and get better jobs for themselves and I’m right there along with them.

I’ve got a lot to learn in the next three weeks, lots of fun computer stuff, some I know and some I need to learn from scratch, should be an interesting three weeks!

I’ll keep you in the loop!

PostHeaderIcon Verry scarry kiddies!

Want to get scared? Do you like being scared?
Well I have done something today that , well , quite frankly scares the shit out of me.
I decided to go back to school, full time, honestly!
Yep that’s scary.
Ok I’ll start from the beginning ,I got laid off in early December, I was enjoying the work, nothing fancy , but honest work that I felt good about at the end of the day, and best of all it payed a fare wage and it was only 2.k kilometers form home, that’s about a 5 minute drive, 8 if I had to deal with traffic . So me one very happy boy.
Then the economy tanked , shit happens, and you know how it is , last in first out.
So I was out of work , OK now what ? Time to go to the government, Employment Insurance office , hey why not.
I’ve payed my taxes and the insurance premiums , so I’m going to take advantage of anything they can help me with ,why not, that’s what they’re there for, like I said I pay my taxes.
So I found out that the Ontario government has a program called “Second Career”.
It helps folks like me get the skills to get a job in a field is in demand, oh like medical lab tec , for example.
So that’s what got me scared and excited, I haven’t been in school in 26 years!
Holy crap!
So now I have to go get the paper work filled out and sign my life away, but I things may just become a little less scary and more exiting,
I’ll let you know how things work out as I go along.