Part two of My Next Adventure would lead my down the path of “What do I want to do with the rest of my life?” While I am still feeling pretty good, I really had the desire to retire right alongside my husband. However, the financial sense part of me was speaking loudly, and said that I still need to work, even if it’s just for the insurance. So, I started thinking about what I would need to do. It was simple; I needed to educate myself.
Getting a Leg Up
I already realized that given the millions out of work, I needed to get a leg up or I would be unemployed for a very long time. So, I used my furloughed time to get additional education and credentials. It wasn’t going to hurt, and I needed a refresher on my skills; hopefully adding new skills to my toolbox arsenal. It was a good thing that I decided to educate myself because after two months on furlough, I did indeed lose my job.
In case anyone is interested, going to school online is not as easy as you’d think. In fact, I found it harder than actually sitting in a classroom. To educate yourself in this new, pandemic environment, you have to really stay focused, take copious notes and find ways to not get distracted.
With my background, I decided to become a Certified Recruiting Professional through the Recruitment Education Institute. I also took a special course and became a Certified Corporate Trainer through the Management and Strategy Institute. Both were a very good idea given the career path that I have been on for the last 10 years. I also got my certificate in Human Resource Management so I could feel more well rounded in Human Resources.
Once I finished with all of these courses, I felt more confident in my skills and knew that I could start looking for a job more confidently now that I was no longer employed. Educating yourself, whether for work or for general knowledge is always a good thing. It comes in all forms, so you don’t necessarily need to enroll in a class online like I did. There are lots of avenues, like books and educational television programs, to learn new, fun and exciting things. Be bold, take a chance, and remember to #embracethechanges!
Stay tuned for Part 3 of My Next Adventure!