April 17, 2013

Back to School, Back to Work - WordFUL Wednesday



I recently made the decision to go back to work. Again. Why would I want to? A few reasons. Now that my son will start kindergarten in September, I've been thinking what should I do. I could continue to work and blog at home. But I think it's time for me to return to a traditional job.

back to school, back to work

However in order for me to return to a traditional job, I will need some help. How should I explain the gaps in my resume? What will I say during the interview about how my "new media" job skills can be utilized in a traditional work place? Does knowing how to use twitter really matter if I have to make copies?

These are some of the questions I was hoping to answer when I signed up for a class. The class is suppose to help me prepare to go back to work. Like most classes they offered help with resume writing, interviewing skills and such. And they do. However I think I might be a bit advanced for this class.

During computer lab time, I had the most interesting conversation.

Computer lab person - Do you need help setting up an email account?
Me - No, I already have an email. About 5 of them
Computer lab person - How about learning how to use email and search the internet?
Me - No, I know how to email and search online
Computer lab person  Word processing? Using excel?
Me - No, I worked in an office and know all the office programs
Computer lab person - Hmm. So what can I help you with?
Me - *pause* I guess I sorta know all the basics already

As a person who uses technology and social media everyday, I'm amazed how many people still need help with the basics. It was a humbling moment for me not to take my skills for granted.

My next few class were on resume formatting and interviewing skills. In these classes I did better. There was something for me to learn. Tools for me to use to organize my "new media" life into something a traditional job person will understand.

Hopefully in a few months what I learned in these classes will help me get a traditional job. If not then I guess I can always go back to "new media". Which is such an ironic thing to say.

Have you ever taken a class to learn something new or to enhance a skill?


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21 comments:

Marina@EBMR said...

I haven't but I really want to do one to learn to code for the blog. Oh and maybe you should teach computer basics! ;)

Alison said...

Oh my mom hardly even knows how to use a computer at all, so that class would be perfect for her. She doesn't even own a computer or an email!

Elizabeth A. said...

We definitely are a different breed when it comes to technology ;-). Good luck with everything!

Henrietta said...

I too am amazed when someone says they don't know how to look something up online or how to set up an email account etc. I suppose I take for granted what I have taught myself about technology! I wish you success in your job search, it sounds like you're on the right track!

SensiblySara said...

Congratulations on the next step! I am planning on taking a photography class in a few weeks.

Lisa Samples said...

Well congrats on deciding to go back to work. Good luck!

I actually got my college degree when I was 42 years old!

Migdalia - @MsLatina said...

Congrats Lisa on your getting that degree! I was also older when I obtained mine (34) but I think because of it we took it more seriously. :)

Migdalia - @MsLatina said...

Kudos to you for being proactive and enhancing your skills! Will be following your progress :)

Beeb said...

So many companies require social media savvy now, so don't sell yourself short. Remember, you haven't had a gap in employment - you're a business owner with a specialty in publishing and social media. Sounds like your class covered all that so I'm glad you got something out of it!

As for me, there's so many classes I'd love to take, and so little time!!

Anne - Mommy Has to Work said...

No, but I've thought about it. I do have some classes I'd like to take to help me with my blog!

Jennifer Quirky Momma said...

Congrats for going back to school! I was 29 when I earned my first degree and 36 for the Master's.

C (Kid Things) said...

My mom is completely lost when it comes to anything to do with the computer and that just baffles me.

Stephanie said...

I hear that. I is incredible to think that some people don't know the skills that I would assume are basic. Things we often take for granted.

Katy said...

I have never taken a class like that. I hope things go well for you starting a new job.

Carolyn Gonzalez said...

I have never taken a class but I would to enhance the skills I already have

Anonymous said...

I may have to hire you to teach me, I don't know half of the stuff on here! I am too old!
Mitch

Meghan said...

I'm always amazing by the people that don't know the basics too! Congrats on going back to work!

Anne said...

It is great that you are going back to school! I have feeling you are going to be very busy though

Shell Feis said...

It surprises me too when people don't know the basics, but then again I grew up using a computer. When I left my admin assistant job, the woman who replaced me {who was twice my age} didn't even know what Excel was- that was crazy to me!

Brandy said...

Moving forward! Good for you girl!

Dagmar said...

Great that you want to learn new skills, you should be really proud of yourself. But as you are realizing, you already know so much! What about freelancing as a social media consultant or blog coordinator?

Wishing you all the best in your search!

Dagmar
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