Yes, that’s right!

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I’m going to set aside the health issues for a moment. After a lot of consideration, I am absolutely determined to go back to school. I am 100% sure this is the right thing to do. I have talked to Eddie about it and to my parents and even my brother and they all agree that that’s what I need to do. I know exactly what I want to take. I keep coming back to the same thing. I want to work in web development. I want to learn how to develop websites. Like really learn. I want to make it into a career. I mentioned before in a previous post that I wanted to work with children and while that is still something that I would have loved to do, it’s not really practical for me.

I need to do something that I can either do remotely from home or that I can eventually transition to do remotely from home. Something I can also do as a freelancer. I absolutely love to blog and love this blog so much and love the little bit of coding that I know. I am completely self-taught with the exception of a web design course over 16 years ago which really just taught me a bit about Photoshop, Dreamweaver and HTML and CSS. It never delved into anything else and is so out of date now that I don’t even list it on resumes, etc.

So, anyway I have decided to take a program at Athabasca University, a well know online and distance University in Canada. I am going to take a Bachelor of Science in Computing and Information Systems minoring in Web Development. It’s a four-year Undergraduate Degree Program. I am absolutely determined that I am going to do it. They have courses starting every month and I have an appointment on Thursday at Nova Scotia Works which is a career development place in the mall in Digby and get their help with applying to the school and applying for funding and also some advice on making a career out of it, and what to do in the meantime to help support us while taking it.

With that in mind, I have been joining as many freelance transcription and captioning sites similar to which I am already a transcriber and captioner at so that I can get as many jobs as I can through them and try and work as hard as I can to try and make up what I am missing now that I no longer work for the bank I was working for. I am good at transcription and captioning and like it but really don’t want to make a long-term career out of it as my mom did. I am also looking for other freelance type opportunities that I can do. I like to write but really don’t have any niches or any experience or schooling on topics that I can write about so freelance writing seems out of the question even though I like to write.

I am starting a job part-time from home on Tuesday that I was supposed to start this past week but due to an error on their end I ended up not getting invited to the training last week, so I am starting in a training class next week. It won’t be enough money though. So I am still looking and just trying to make money anywhere I can. I have an interview over the phone tomorrow for a different job that is similar but a little more along the lines of the call center jobs I did in Halifax, only it would be from home as well.

One really good thing is that I found out today that my bankruptcy is no longer showing on my credit report, there is no record of it. In one way that will not help me with a government student loan as they were actually one of the things included in my bankruptcy years ago and they never got all the paperwork and so still show that I basically still owe it, but that’s okay too because I have the paperwork in my email to send to them. I just need to find out who to send it to and then once it is processed and my file updated I should be able to apply again. Hopefully, that does not take as long as other government-related stuff or I will likely have lived to 100 and be long dead before they update it.

I am hoping to look into other options for funding as well, and that appointment on Thursday should help as that is one of the things they do there. I am wondering about maybe getting a student line of credit through my bank. My credit rating is not the greatest but it is not the worst either, somewhere in the middle and with the bankruptcy no longer an issue I might have that as an option. I am sure there are other things I can look into too. One way or another I am going back to school. If I have to do it one course at a time and save the money to pay for the first course and then save the money to pay for the next course during each course I am currently taking, which is actually a possibility as well since they actually allow you to do it that way and allow you to take unlimited time in finishing your degree basically.

Somehow I am determined to figure this out and Eddie and my parents are behind me a hundred percent. My parents aren’t in a position to help me financially, but they will do everything in their power to help me achieve my goals and find the money. Eddie as well. So I am going to do it somehow, I am going to succeed.

9 thoughts on “Yes, that’s right!

  1. I’m glad for you that you’ve made this decision! I hope you’ll find a way to fund it.
    I’d totally love working in web development as well but for various reasons, I’ve decided against it. I want to freelance but will try to get started with translations and maybe writing instead. I’m also very interested in your transcribing jobs so if you’re up to it and have time, would you tell me (in an e-mail maybe) let me know a little more about what those jobs are like, how did you get started etc?

    1. I am so glad as well. I have everything pretty much sorted out. I just have to save up and pay the application fee for the university. They don’t have admission requirements in the way a brick and mortar university does because they are an online open university so once I have paid that and been accepted I can then start applying for funding.

      I will send you an email here sometime today with some information on transcription and how I got into it and some sites to check out. I am looking right now for some additional sites anyways so I will write that up here in a little bit and send it to you by email. I think I might actually do a post about it soon as well. I am sure some other people might be interested in it as well. It’s hard to find legit online jobs.

  2. I really do believe in you which reminds me that I might have to go back to college but I don’t know.
    Anyhow, knowing you, I know you can figure something out. I’m glad that things are going better for you and I understand about health problems. I have a whole host of them.

    It sucks.

    1. Thanks so much, Michelle! I am really excited about going back to school and can’t wait to apply, just waiting to save up the money I need for the application.

  3. I’ve though about going back to school, but wouldn’t know where to start from degrees to payments. It sounds like you’re really excited and truly thought it through too. Wishing you luck!

    1. Honestly, I was the same in the beginning. I went to a career centre to ask questions about where to get started at changing my career and let them know I wanted to go back to school and where and everything and they helped me out. Once I apply to the school and get accepted I will be applying for a student loan and student line of credit. Hopefully, I can get one or both of them to help me with payments. It’s a bit daunting but if you have places like career centres etc I would encourage you to make an appointment if you are still interested in going back. As far as what to take I struggled with that too but the one thing that has remained constant in my life since my early 20’s is blogging and enjoying web design so I decided I might as well stick with something I love.

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