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#36 murkywaters

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 12:12 PM

[quote name='Jenn1980' date='22 May 2011 - 09:56 AM' timestamp='1306072573'
My feelings on the whole job/family thing, its the same as relationships, you want your child to see you in a healthy relationship, so they can know what they want for themselves. I don't want to be in an abusive relationship ( i'm not but just as an example) and my girls think, this is how life is, men are the dominant species, i'm to do nothing but obide by they're every command. Same applies to work, i want them to see mommy in a career she feels fufilled in. That gives them the opportunity to dream big for themselves and want that same kind of satisfaction for themselves when they get older.
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I completely agree with you!! And i also think ANYTHING you do will show them this! They will see you striving yo be a better you through school and mimik that behaviour. Its sooo cool to watch my 5yr old sit down with a book and papper and "study" :)

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 09:46 PM

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I completely agree with you!! And i also think ANYTHING you do will show them this! They will see you striving yo be a better you through school and mimik that behaviour. Its sooo cool to watch my 5yr old sit down with a book and papper and "study" :)
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Or when your almost 3 year old is fighting bedtime by running out of her room saying, 'I just have to finish my homework, it can't be late - I will sleep when it is done'.

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 09:13 AM

I haven't read the whole thread- so maybe you have made a decision. If not, what about Ultrasound Tech? I knew someone who did that and she loved it.

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 09:42 AM

I think as of now, you still have to go away to take ultrasound tech? I know when the new med building at St Clair opens they plan to offer that course. I'd like to take it! lol

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 09:52 AM

I haven't read the whole thread- so maybe you have made a decision. If not, what about Ultrasound Tech? I knew someone who did that and she loved it.


Yeah unfortunately we dont have the course around here. I looked into it because I really wanted to do it. However in a few years we will like Jill said

#41 Jenn1980

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 10:00 AM

Nope, nothing final. But i was thinking if not a paralegal, then maybe a legal assistant. And then when i've worked for maybe x amount of years, try for my law degree, at least i'll get my foot in the door. And you never know, i might be happy just being a legal assistant. But i am taking advice from an awsome lady, don't let anyone get in the way of my dreams, if i really want it.

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 10:20 AM

I would just explore the job force, because it's a short program, right? Chances are things will look the same when you're done as they do now. Trust me, from someone who knows, it is very difficult to work so hard and sacrifice so much only to not be able to get a job! It's depressing and demoralizing!! Are you open to moving? If you are, that will present a lot more opportunities all around, I'd say!!

Good luck deciding!! Where are you planning on going to school??

#43 Jenn1980

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 10:24 AM

Preferably the college, as EI won't pay for any university programs. That or one of the private colleges.

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 10:36 AM

I wouldn't go anywhere but St Clair of the University. That's a personal choice, though.

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 11:19 AM

Jenn, have you looked into PTA? Physiotherapy Assistant. I am at triOS in the PTA program right now and absolutely loving it. I know it's your decision and what ever you are comfortable with :) For me the possibility of working with people in a rehabilitation setting getting them "back on their feet" sounds like a very rewarding career. And one that I know I am going to love going to (with all of it's pros and cons of the job ;) )
Good luck! :friends

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 11:24 AM

I think as of now, you still have to go away to take ultrasound tech? I know when the new med building at St Clair opens they plan to offer that course. I'd like to take it! lol


me too! I am eyeing the cardiovascular technician program... I absolutely love Anatomy after taking it this past spring and I am fascinated with the heart :)

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 12:50 PM

My friend when to the Detroit to take the Ultrashound Tech course

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 03:55 PM

I am thinking it probably wouldn't be covered if she went there, though? Something to look into!

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 06:10 PM

I wanted to be a lawyer since I was 8, I completed high school, took a yr off, went back to school when I was 20, by this time I had taken off more time, almost 2 yrs, and wanted to find myself, so I went to St Clair, what I should have done is finish hs, and go straight to University......GAWD if ONLY I could turn back time now, I would, instead I got pregnant with K, and had to drop out of college...LIFE moved on, I had a great job at the Casino, then a great job as as Assistant Manager, had a stroke, got retrained through EI, went to triOS, excellent teachers I had, it was a 2.5 yr program rolled into 8 months, I managed to graduate with distinguished honours, and now 2.5 yrs later NOTHING...sure i could of went back to school again to pursue my dream career, but that meant I needed to start from scratch, a Undergrad degree, then almost 7 yrs of law classes, that is 10 yrs to me, and X amount of Student Loans, and I have an impeccable memory, my bestie has been upgrading her math and science to get into the Nursing Program, she passed that and her pre Nursing course with a 93% but b/c there was so many students applying she didnt make the cut...It is frustrating all the way around, my best advice is if you have a choice, go to St. Clair, I am not knocking the colleges (triOS, Everst, etc) but I think UNLESS employers are desperate, they will NEVER hire from those kind of colleges. :(

U got to do what is best for your family, and by no means am I trying to crush your dreams, I am just adding an ounce of reality (which sucks) to the plate.

#50 Jenn1980

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 06:57 PM

I appreciate it Tammy, but stranger things have happened! I'll just leave my comment at that lol.

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Posted 24 May 2011 - 08:24 AM

I agree don't let anything stand in your way BUT you have to be realistic and really understand all the obsticles in your way so you know what to expect and have a plan to break through them when they appear.

No obstical is unmovable all you need is a plan that works for you and your family. Some are going to be HUGE,some will take lots of work to break down and some will take big sacrifices from everyone (make sure those around you will make those for you too) BUT if you know your goal and have a detailed path you will get to where you want to be.

Good LUCK in whatever you decide. Base your decision on as much REAL knowledge that you can obtain.

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Posted 24 May 2011 - 08:57 AM

I just wanted to chime in here. I went back to school when I was 24, I will be finished my honours thesis at the end of this summer - which means I'll have my undergrad degree. I will also be attending graduate school, which is nerve wracking because I never thought of myself as an academic, as I was always an 'average' student in high school.

I was able to have half of my University tuition waived through a renewable scholarship each year (as long as my marks were good), and I was able to save the rest of my tuition and other fees by working and through gov't grants and bursaries. You can apply for OSAP, even if you don't take the money, once you apply you are eligible for many grants/bursaries (non-repayable funds). I have VERY little student debt, but I am lucky, I guess.

It IS possible to go back to school as a parent. It has been HARD work, with many bumps along the way, but I look back to where I was four years ago, and the difference is like day/night. My life (and my children's lives) are forever changed for the better because I took the chance and followed my dream. Education has opened up so many doors for me, not just in terms of my economic outlook, but it made me a critical thinker, a better problem solver, a more patient person, given me a much deeper look into many issues - all of which will enrich my children's lives. I'm even thinking of pursuing my Ph.D. once I am finished with grad school - so yes, you're right, weird things do happen ;)

It took me a long time to decide whether I should take the plunge and attend university. The job market is tough right now, and you may have to be open minded in terms of relocation (I relocated to Toronto to attend University - job prospects for me here are GREAT). Weigh the pros and cons, take a look at your finances, the programs offered, job prospects after graduation and any funding that is available to you. Also, check for campus employment, as they pay better than minimum wage.

You'll need a lot of support from your family, its stressful, and there are days when you'll feel like quitting. You'll need to have a plan, and set short term goals and long term goals. If you are interested in attending University or St. Clair (and I would ONLY suggest those institutions, as private colleges are overpriced, and not as respected in the workforce, but I digress...) then you need to speak to a councelor, both academic and financial and they can point you in the right direction.

Its a tough decision, so good luck in whatever you decide!!

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Posted 24 May 2011 - 11:35 AM

By all means Jenn, I wasn't trying to be condescending or shut your dreams down, I was merely trying to SAVE you from the Private College Life, and I believe I have a good 6 yrs or more on you, so for me to go back and do all that schooling, I would be 48 when I finished. YOU can DO whatever you put your mind to, BUT you have to have SUPPORTS (hubby, kids, friends, family), without them it's next to impossible. I wish you ONLY best wishes in whatever you choose. :)

I would do some intensive researching on everything. :) it is always better to be as informed as possible. :)