moving on

diggerb2March 12, 2008

i was here the other day, read the postings of someone losing their job and being downsized.

this happened to me last year. i was laid off form a job i really liked from a company that i really liked. after 7 years i had planned on being there for another 10 years and going on to retire. didn't work out that way.

so now what?

it took me a while to climb out of depression as well as a double-up of my meds when my company sent me a notice after 4 months that the lay off was permament. by christmas i was beginning to see things in a better light. but boy what an ugly year.

financially we are ok with my wife working and a small infusion of cash from our emergency funds. i've been working out of my house at small jobs-- but am not sure this is really right fit for me.

what i want to do is work part time doing clerical work--

accounts payable/receivable and/or some bookkeepping work.

what i don't have are current skills in those areas that show. i can do the work/just am not familiar with the computer programs they use now-a-days. I learned to accounting with a pencil and paper.

so how do i get to where i want to be?


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community college. IF your unemployment benefits haven't run out, you may be able to attend for free.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2008 at 5:36PM
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Hi DiggerB2,

I was thinking community college, as well.

Do you know someone doing that type of work now?

Someone with whom you might be able to arrange for some instruction, some tutoring, in the general ways in which that work is being done now, along with the more practical aspects of the situation?

Do you have connections with some agencies - community, sport, educational, church groups where you could put the word out that you would like such help?

If you look through your various connections in the web of life in which you move, you may be ableto find someone skilled in the area of your need who'd be happy to coach you.

For example, I had a couple of auto accidents recently, one of them for which I was charged (as it appeared that I had run a red light). A few months later I received a letter from the Ministry of Transportation inviting me, being over 70 and having had a chargeable accident, to take a vision, knowledge and driving test (if I wished to continue holding a driving licence).

Several people in the two churches that I attend knew of my situation.

I took the vision test (could pass for general licence, not the straight truck that I've held, but I have cataracts which are to be operated on when space available, so I can retread it if I can pass the vision test within a year).

Someone in one church said that one of the active members is a driving instructor, so they introduced me and my need to that gentleman, who said he'd be happy to drive me around the course and critique my driving.

I took the knowledge test, had three answers incorrect (possibly 4 allowed).

I expected to take the driving test after a period, as the usual waiting period in unpopular winter is about two weeks, so I'd make a trip with the driving instructor in the meantime.

But the drivers' test office gave me an opportunity to take the test on the following day (possibly related to a storm being forecast?) ... before my tutor and I had opportunity to make the critiquing run.

I failed the test on the next day.

So I have a reservation to try again in a couple of weeks, and in the meantime have the type of licence that newly minted licencees hold - must have 4-year licensed driver sitting beside me, no driving midnight - 5 a.m., no freeway driving.

Looks like the disease called "second childhood" is taking hold!

Not so easy, when you live in the country ... I have a friend a few miles away who went on an errand with me the other day, but I had to drive "naked" to his place.

However - the point here, with regard to your situation, is that I found someone skilled in the area of my need in a church with which I am related.

If you investigate through the various entities where you have a connection, you might find help for your need.

Good wishes for being able to achieve some of your goals as easily and simply (and cheaply) as possible.

ole joyful

    Bookmark   March 13, 2008 at 10:22PM
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Hi again diggerb2,

On re-reading your OP, I am wondering about something (being a curious cuss).

You speak of keeping accounts with pencil and paper.

I thought that accountants kept their records in earlier years using pen and ink ...

... making it more difficult to make [boss-required?] "amendments" later.

Don't tell me that I've been wrong, all these years!

Seems to me that a major company that did some of that
"creative accounting" saw their share price drop from about $120.00 per share ...

... to about 69 cents ... over the period of a few years.

And I hope that, if you had some of those shares, you sold them earlier ... resulting, of course, in sticking someone(s) else with the loss?

Oh, right - they were working with computers.

Making it a whole lot easier to make amendments (if the earlier documents hadn't been filed with outside agencies).

Good wishes for being able to move forward with achieving the goals that you've been working on.

ole joyful

    Bookmark   March 16, 2008 at 8:14PM
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Are there any temporary staffing agencies (AccountTemps, Kelly Girls, Manpower, etc.) near you? Most of them will let you train on current software for free, some in their office, some from your home. You might find you can acquire the computer skills in 3 to 6 weeks that way.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2008 at 12:05PM
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