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User Topic: Job/career at 57?
Must Survive
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Default  Posted: 10:27 AM, March 29th (Saturday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I am really struggling financially. I have no college. For 4.5 years (25 years ago) I was a secretary. Currently I am self-employed, commission only. I have done this now for 10 years. During the marriage I did ok to good. Since d-day, not so good. Its like I am frozen in fear that I can't make it.

I am trying to figure out if I can do something else. I have no skills but for typing.

How can I figure out where/what to go to school for, where I can get educated and make a good living? In a short time frame. I really don't have 4-6 years. I need to be making money now. And of course, is anyone hiring?


Me BS
WS: Just a squished bug on the window of my life!
Divorcing, STBXH is engaged/living with OW#3

They have a choice: they can live in my new world, or they can die in their old one." Daenerys Targaryen


Posts: 749 | Registered: Jan 2012 | From: Must Survive
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Default  Posted: 10:37 AM, March 29th (Saturday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I'd look into taking these sorts of courses:
Access I and II
Excel I and II
PowerPoint I and II
Word I and II
If you search for these online, you should run across office assistant certification programs.

You might look into being a legal secretary as well. From what I hear, firms do a lot of their own training, so even if you are just starting out a few courses, they may be interested in hiring you while you are studying.

I think that your experience speaks very highly of you! Don't underestimate that. Being reliable and capable goes a long way.

Good luck! I'm about your age and it is scary!!


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Nature_Girl
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Default  Posted: 12:15 PM, March 29th (Saturday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Go to the women's resource center at your local community college. They have the inside scoop on programs just for women like you (and me).


Me = BS (Stay-at-home-mom)
Him = EX-d out (abusive troglodyte NPD SA)
3 tween-aged kids
Together 20 years
D-Day: Memorial Weekend 2011
2013 - I DIVORCED HIM, I'M FREE!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBOJpIwF47Y

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ButterflyGirl
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Default  Posted: 12:22 PM, March 29th (Saturday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I'm a medical transcriptionist and work from home.. It's typing, but also knowing the medical terminology, which can take about a year or two to be able to work for a hospital or barely any time at all to work for a private practice..

I work for a local hospital, but my mom works for a service in another state. You really can do it from anywhere..

The pays decent (not fabulous or anything), and I would say most people I know doing it are around your age..


xBW~ 35
Two of the most darling sons ~ 10 and 7

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k8la
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Default  Posted: 1:19 PM, March 29th (Saturday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

If you've owned your own business you can take on a sales job but look for a legit one with a base salary, sales training (most companies like to train you themselves, so emphasize coachability) and benefits. There are a lot of those out there - base salaries are usually around 30k for legit companies; minimum wage for the lesser-so ones. Look for those that have repeat sales/same clients - client-centric focused.

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sparkysable
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Default  Posted: 8:36 PM, March 29th (Saturday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I had the best luck going to a temp agency, and then getting hired permanently at the company.

Sometimes, companies like to use temp agencies to try people out first.


D-day OW#1 2/2004; R for 6 years; D-day OW#2 5/2010

Marriages that start this way, stepping over the bodies of loved ones as the giddy couple walks down the aisle, are not likely to last.


Posts: 3350 | Registered: Mar 2004 | From: NY
Must Survive
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Default  Posted: 4:07 PM, March 30th (Sunday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Thanks everyone. Lots of good info for me to work on.


Me BS
WS: Just a squished bug on the window of my life!
Divorcing, STBXH is engaged/living with OW#3

They have a choice: they can live in my new world, or they can die in their old one." Daenerys Targaryen


Posts: 749 | Registered: Jan 2012 | From: Must Survive
norabird
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Default  Posted: 7:09 PM, March 30th (Sunday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

You will find something! It's hard to stay positive,but be proactive and keep your hopes up. Rooting for you!


Sit. Feast on your life.

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WeepingBuddhist
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Default  Posted: 7:24 AM, March 31st (Monday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

There are specialized programs that do job placement for folks 55 and over. It depends on where you live, but many programs are administered by social service organizations; sometimes there are multiple programs if its a big area. In my home state, Goodwill Industries had a great track record but another organization (whose name escapes me) was less successful. A lot of organizations advertise at "helping" sites--food pantries, child care centers, and other community centers. Good Luck!!


Me: BS 46
Him: unimportant
D Day:4-27-13
DIVORCED!!! 2-20-14

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