Tell me what I should do for a job

Have you considered becoming a paraprofessional, at your local public school?
Originally Posted by medussa
I don't even know what that is.
Originally Posted by Poodlehead
A paraprofessional is basically a teacher's assistant or teacher's aide. I was a substitute paraprofessional working with special ed kids a few years ago.
"When you are not afraid to fall, that's when you fly the highest"


"You shouldnt let random people who dont love you , arent there to help you with a flat tire, or there to fix you soup when your tummy hurts dictate your choices in life."
You could get back into programming if you wanted!

The general structure of code and rules of what makes good coding haven't changed. Sure, there are new languages all the time, but even current programmers have to learn new languages at times! A few classes would get you up to speed.


But from the stuff about you volunteering, I'd look into if you can do computer training creation somewhere. I know around here there seem to be a lot of freelance jobs doing that sort of thing, but don't know exactly how you get into it. I'd see if you can find any classes on the topic (you should be near a TON of options if you're actually *in* Minneapolis) they could help, and I can't imagine you being unable to find options where you could work at home and do it!
The pews never miss a sermon but that doesn't get them one step closer to Heaven.
-Speckla

But at least the pews never attend yoga!
You could get back into programming if you wanted!

The general structure of code and rules of what makes good coding haven't changed. Sure, there are new languages all the time, but even current programmers have to learn new languages at times! A few classes would get you up to speed.


But from the stuff about you volunteering, I'd look into if you can do computer training creation somewhere. I know around here there seem to be a lot of freelance jobs doing that sort of thing, but don't know exactly how you get into it. I'd see if you can find any classes on the topic (you should be near a TON of options if you're actually *in* Minneapolis) they could help, and I can't imagine you being unable to find options where you could work at home and do it!
Originally Posted by NetG
Net, thank you for your vote of confidence, it made me .

You're right, that is the obvious route for me to take. I guess after 10 years of watching Arthur cartoons and sitting on my butt at the pool, I really just need a kick in the pants, and presumably my self-confidence will rise to the occasion.
Minneapolis, MN
I would update my skills and get back into programming (if you enjoyed it)--that is a valuable skill that's not going away.
I would update my skills and get back into programming (if you enjoyed it)--that is a valuable skill that's not going away.
Originally Posted by gemini
Yep. I wasn't a "real" programmer in '98 when I worked in software, yet the knowledge I had then is enough for me to have some clue looking at code now. Languages change, but the basics are the same. Just getting up to date on a new language does the job!

(I just think the online education coding thing sounds so much more interesting, and I know it can work well as a freelance gig - one of my friends is doing that for IBM at the moment, I believe.)
The pews never miss a sermon but that doesn't get them one step closer to Heaven.
-Speckla

But at least the pews never attend yoga!
Barnes and Nobles all the way. Quiet, relaxing atmosphere, and a Starbucks inside.
Originally Posted by Bianca
ditto...if I were looking for a job, I would totally go for B&N.
The smallest deed is greater than the grandest intention.

I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul. (Invictus - William Ernest Henley)

Just think I used to worry 'bout things like that,
Used to worry 'bout rich and skinny, 'til I wound up poor and fat,
Nowadays I kind of worry where my mind's been at,
Just think I used to worry 'bout things like that. (Delbert McClinton - I Used to Worry from Never Been Rocked Enough)
Weeeeell, we ordered the Java certification course on CD last night, theorizing that then my husband can use them too.

We'll see how it goes, and whether it nets me a job.

Thanks for all the ideas and good wishes!
Minneapolis, MN
Good luck. I hope it leads to something. Keep us posted.
sariroo, I just noticed you are less than two weeks away from the big event. Good luck to you too!
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Yeah, good luck..you'll do great!
You could look for part-time contracting gigs, doing some low end programming. Like, access or excel. If you can program...you can figure these things out in a hurry. I literally learned access inside and out one morning b/w the hours of 2am and 6am...(I was in grad school and needed it for a project.)

You could also take a few classes at a community college to update your skills. Logic that you used for programming before is still the logic that you need now. It actually helps because you know all about troubleshooting... youngsters today don't know anything about that. What do you mean it doesn't work?
Originally Posted by hopetocurl

Ditto. Did you like programming? You could take some classes or try getting some books and teaching yourself. I know a few programmers that never had any formal training. Just taught themselves with the books and software. You can't learn from just reading it though. You gotta install all the software and actually do it. A lot of people start out in QA and then have the opportunity from there to learn and move up. If you like data, you can look into data programming like SQL.

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