The book on bottom I’ve had for 5 years. The book on top I recently bought.
In 2013, I had a feeling my long-time job at the hospital was going to end. And it did. They outsourced the work I did to a national company, at which they had secured a position for me if I decided to work there. I had no other choice, so I went to work for the national company and began planning for a change.
It took 5 years, but I was able to put medical transcription behind me and move forward with my Muze position. I can’t even tell you the normal lab values for SGOT right now and those used to roll off my tongue!
When I first began planning my career change, I was moving in the direction of becoming a professional genealogist and consultant for this area of Indiana. I did a lot of pro bono work, watched a lot of webinars, attended seminars and conferences, and volunteered at the historical society. One thing I had planned on doing but could never fit into my schedule as it was a 19-month program was a ProGen Study Group. A ProGen Study Group is held virtually and covers the information in the books in the photo (currently, only the top book is being used). You are part of a group of 7 other students and a mentor who is certified by the BCG or accredited by ICAPGen. You work on all aspects of becoming a professional genealogist, from an education plan to business practices to actual genealogical work. That work you do is then peer reviewed. The waiting list is long; I signed up during the spring of 2017 and was first contacted a year later. Since signing up, though, the program was adapted to be just 12 months long. You spend on average 20 hours per month working on assignments.
I was contacted about joining ProGen38. This came at the time I was transitioning into my new role as Muze Executive Director, so it didn’t feel right. On the other hand, it didn’t feel right to leave behind my goal of becoming a professional genealogist either.
So, when the invitation came for ProGen39, I didn’t think twice. I jumped in with both feet and am preparing to begin this journey in September! Maybe, just maybe, I’ll push myself a bit more and go “on the clock” once I complete the course. You fellow genealogists know what I mean! Apply for certification through BCG. A giant step for me but what I’ve been planning for all along!