Saturday, September 3, 2016

It's officially back to school . . for me!


I am officially a college student once again. I already hold 3 degrees, but need additional coursework in preparation for transitioning into a new career for the next 15 years.

When I accepted my severance package, I knew that I was being afforded the opportunity of time to take some classes. I am enrolled at the local community college and will take 5 courses (2 are one session "workshops") over the next few months, starting at the end of Sept. 4 will take place here in the city where I relocated to, at the satelite campus. One requries that I travel 2 evenings/week to the main campus. The one course I will take there is not yet offered in my city.

Once I complete the coursework, I will have earned a certificate for Medical Administrative Assistant:

Medical Administrative Assistants utilize their knowledge of medical terminology and health care delivery models to perform a number of administrative functions. They can work in a variety of roles and locations with job titles ranging from health unit coordinator or medical office specialist to medical secretary. Typical tasks would include scheduling tests or procedures, such as lab work or x-rays, surgeries and medical consultations based on physician orders, answering phones and directing calls, messages and reports to the appropriate staff, greeting visitors, ascertaining the purpose of the visit and interviewing patients to complete documentation, case histories or forms and process intake or insurance forms. Learn the skills needed to successfully carry out the varied responsibilities of the medical administrative assistant in almost any setting. A central focus will be on the various modes of professional communication required to keep processes running smoothly in the office or health care setting.

I will be done come Jan 4th. Meanwhile, I have applied for a variety of entry level jobs in the city here, such as a PT library desk clerk at the city library, patient access liaison at the hospital. I await a response.

Financially, I am well positioned as I continue to receive full salary over the next 6 months and my household budget is reduced in half, based upon my projected income once retirement pay kicks in, effective March 1. Any additional monies earned now through Aug 2017 will be bonus as I will prepay my insurance premiums to cover this new year of insurance, which was also a feature of my incentive package. Starting Sept 1 2017, I must have new medical insurance, and my salary will be going towards that. I feel that this is very doable.


Linda said...

WOW! You seem to have a great plan in place. I wish I were in school for my PhD.

janie said...

Sounds great, I wish you all the luck!!


Belinda said...

Congratulations Carol! I wish you the very best in your new endeavors. :)

Anne in the kitchen said...

Congratulations on your new adventures!

meme said...

I loved going to college as an adult - have done it twice - first time I got my paralegal degree and second time was for my teaching.

I enjoyed going over your menus for October and November - having crock pot soup each Thursday sounds so good - picturing a steaming bowl with crackers!

Hope your daughter can arrange her work schedule to accommodate her brother. My granddaughter started fifth grade this week, first time with lockers. She could not work the lock and needed help from her teacher numerous times. Since she has generalized anxiety this was very hard for her and she sobbed and sobbed at home, worried about her locker. My husband went out and bought her a combination lock to practice on. After practicing numerous times, she got it and feels much better about her locker at school.

Marcia in rural WNY said...

I've done that kind of work and I'm sure you will be a success, as most of it is organizational ability. You're already organized. I did it without a formal degree, while I was working on my BA, and the only thing you really need is to learn some medical terminology, depending on how much you already know, and what sort of job you end up with. The jobs should be out there, too! A wise choice, I think.