Tuesday, January 5, 2010

New Year, New Beginnings

Monday arrived and everyone headed back to work... except me. I didn't have work to go to. "Eeeks, " I thought to myself, "I better hurry up and get a JOB!"

So I started job hunting again, and on trying to decide what to do with my life. Surprisingly, this kept me pretty busy. I created a new art portfolio using a Blogger template (using THIS blog template actually!) and I succeeded in accidentally deleting this blog's template instead. Drats!

So I had to rebuild this blog template before I could make the new portfolio site. Luckily, I still remembered how to convert the mimina template into 3 columns and how to tamper with the column sizes and background colours. I came across some other nifty tricks and tools and added them too (like the search bar from Google to search this blog). You can ask me about them if you're curious.

I also decided to take more action instead of just sitting around thinking and planning.
I was thinking about applying for nursing school, so I looked up the deadlines and requirements. It turns out I need to take Anatomy and Physiology. The class was available, but it started on that day. Ack! So missed the first class, but I hurried to the school to sign up today so I could make it in time for the second class. OF COURSE the course is full by the time I get there, and now I'm on a waitlist. So I still get to attend class on Thursday, but I might not get in.

So Plan B is to check out the other local schools that offer a nursing program to see if I might be able to get in without Anatomy and Physiology, or with an alternate course. I better hurry. I don't want those other classes to fill up too before I can sign up.
Plan C is to consider an alternate career path, like teaching. I love teaching, as you can see from all the tutorials I write here. I'm not sure if it's the right path for me either, but I'm not waiting around for any sort of light bulb. The deadline for application is Jan 15th, I discovered today. I don't think I'll make it in time for that. I'm missing classroom experience and 2 reference letters from real teachers that have seen me teach in a classroom. Oh boy...

So while all these Plans are in action, I have to concurrently get volunteer experience. First for nursing (so I'm applying to volunteer at hospitals and clinics), and second for teaching (so I'll need to find a school...). Oh, and did I mention Art Therapy? Well, I figured it would be a good combination of my love of art and my wish to help others.

However, I called an art therapy school today and I didn't get the impression that art therapy was a growing field or a viable career option. Her first comment was, "Well, you know this is a very small field..."

It seems that art therapy education is best paired with something like being a counsellor or a rehabilitation therapist. There are art therapists out there, but they are not as common. She mentioned that one rarely sees art therapist job postings out there, and your success as an art therapist really relies on your ability to sell people on the value of what you do. So if you know someone that's an art therapist, let me know. I'd love to find out more about what they do and how they manage to succeed at it.

So, my little adventure continues.Oh, I was at the library reading Anatomy and Physiology books today. Did you know that we have a TAIL when we're growing in the womb? And some of our faces look like they're separated right down the middle! It's CREEPY!Yes, that ugly looking creature above will become a cute, giggly baby one day. For now, it looks more like a gross insect larvae. I can't imagine looking like that once, can you?
My Nursing School Diary


ArtTales said...

My best friend is an art therapist. I think you should talk to her. I'll send you her info through Etsy.

Southern Belle said...

I hope you figure out what you want to do :-)

Alice Istanbul said...

Sounds like you've got some busy days ahead of you. Have fun, and good luck!

Mytutorlist.com said...

Thanks, ArtTales! She wrote me back! I'm so delighted!

Mytutorlist.com said...

Thank you, Southern Belle and Alice Istanbul!