Friday, January 16, 2009

Dread

Well, next week the new semester starts. *sigh*
I've really been enjoying my time off, but it's time to get back to school.
I'm taking three classes again, Communications 101, U.S. History and Constitution, and Music Appreciation (don't laugh!).
Communications is the only class I'll have at school, the other two are online, thank God! I'm determined to maintain my 4.0 average, too.

In other news, I'm in the middle of the hiring process for Dispatch Specialist Trainee for the LVMPD. My application passed the initial screening, I was invited to and attended the mandatory seminar (where they tried really, really hard to scare us off), and next week I take the Criticall Exam. If I pass that, I go before the oral board, then my points are all added up and I go on their hiring list. This is, of course, assuming I pass the background investigation and psychological screening.

If I make the cut, the 14-week academy starts in July, followed by 16 weeks of one-on-one on the job training.

I plan on continuing to work as a massage therapist, don't get me wrong! I didn't go to school for a year to throw in the towel! It's just that since my pay is commission-based only now, my income is too iffy. I have to have a steady paycheck, and a job with good benefits. I'm really excited about this opportunity, I think dispatching is a fascinating job. Stressful, of course. But to me, it's far more stressful worrying monthly whether I can pay my rent, all my bills, and still have money left over for groceries!

I hope to eventually work graveyard, that way I can still go to school, maybe take a few more classes. We'll see...I don't want to put the cart before the horse!

Wish me luck.

10 comments:

phlegmfatale said...

Don't be discouraged. Good that you had some time off to refresh and regroup. You're kicking ass, lady. Keep it up! I'm proud of you.

Christina LMT said...

Thanks, Phlegmmy!

TallyAngel said...

I know you will get this job! Keep on kicking ass, as phlegmfatale said!

Buck said...

Luck wished. And just think of the blog-fodder if you're successful, LOL! Ethical implications aside, of course. But there are ways of handling those sorts of conflicts, methinks...

Christina LMT said...

Tally, I hope you're right! And thanks...:)

Buck, I seriously doubt I'd blog about anything work-related if I become a dispatcher...I'm not creative enough to successfully alter things to protect people's privacy/anonymity! I'd really not want to lose my job over this blog. Massage will always be fair game, however!

Brigid said...

I wish so many times I could discuss work, but other than philosophical generalities, not to be.

You're going to do great!!! My Mom started with that, as well as a part time job court reporting, and when she finished her degree in Criminal Justice she eventually became a Deputy. I was really proud of her.

Trashman said...

Pass the psychological screening? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Good luck. lol

Christina LMT said...

Thank you, Brigid! I definitely want to make my children proud of me, too. But mainly I'm doing this for myself, to see that I can.

Trashman, I'll have you know that I had a Top Secret SCI/SBI security clearance when I was in the military, and I definitely had to pass a psychological screening for that. Of course, that was when I was young and innocent...;)

Trashman said...

Miss LMT
I don't wanna take anything away from you but I had the same clearance. I got it after a few trips to the shrink.... just to make sure. lol

Christina LMT said...

Hmmmm. It frightens me to hear that, Trashman.