I Did It!

I *finally* fixed that typo on my home page!!!  “Challenger” is gone; challenge is in its rightful place (if you’ve been following me for awhile you’ll understand).

And, I did finally resign from my medical transcription job.  Today, as a matter of fact.  Am I retired from the career as a whole?  Who knows what the future holds at this point.

Well, I do know a little of what my future holds and that is my new position as Assistant Director at the Henry County Historical Society!!  I am beyond thrilled to work for the Museum.  Not only do I get to work there, but I also will still be able to volunteer!  Not having my part-time day job opens up more hours for me to help out at the Museum.  Our major project starting after the holidays is utilizing our PastPerfect software.  INVENTORY PARTY!  I will also be holding a monthly after-hours meeting at the Museum where I combine a DAR Museum program with items in our Civil War era collection, preparing a World War I commemorative event, and, of course, keeping up with social media and some trivia (2018 will be My Name Is Henry County).

Along with working/volunteering at the Museum, I will also be ramping up my genealogical research consulting business as much as possible and doing a little artsy genealogy too.

I have to admit that in my old age I’ve become more and more assertive.  The position I’ve earned at the Museum was not previously a position.  I asked that it be created for me so I could resign from my day job and devote more hours at the Museum.  Never in my life would I have dreamed I’d do something so gutsy.  This is the type of job where you think to yourself “they pay me to do this?”  Honestly, if I was independently wealthy, they would not have to pay me to work there.  I love how I’ve combined my love of local history with my passion for genealogy and will have the ability to help and share with others who are on their journey.

Check back here for tales from a small house museum historical society genealogical junkie!

Working on Pinterest

Lately, I’ve been adding a lot of content to three Pinterest sites:  My own, the one I’ve created for our museum, and the one I’ve created for Life/Citation.  There is so much neat and interesting content out there that it’s hard not to get trapped into just…looking and looking.  One thing that I decided to check out was blog prompts to liven up things here a bit.  In trying to be spontaneous, I chose a 365 blog prompt article and pinned it (check it out here).

Since I’m beginning at an odd place in the year and not on day #1, I guess I’ll go with what today is in terms of this year (out of 365 days).  Today is day #127.

Prompt #127:  Know-it-all: Write about something you are very knowledgeable about, for example a favorite hobby or passion of yours.

I’d like to say genealogy and researching family history, but, even after several years of doing such, I’m still a newbie! 🙂  What I do feel knowledgeable about is my first career of medical transcription (MT).  I’ve been doing this since November 1999 and have been certified since February 2004.  For a good 10-15 years, I did this job full-time plus and was involved in the national organization and local groups to keep up-to-date with my education and the field.  The thing that I loved the most about MT is learning something new every day.  At one point, I could not believe I was being paid — and paid fairly well — to do something I very much enjoyed.

The past 2-1/2 years, though, has dealt a crushing death-blow to MT, I’m sad to say.  My credentials expire this summer, and I’m letting them go.  There is no future in MT.  Technology has played a big role in the downfall of the career, and, sadly, that technology is not up to snuff by any means to completely replace a human editor.  It’s sad that something that was considered a career now only pays minimum wage…if you’re lucky.  If you want more objective information about the demise of MT, check out the free forum mtstars.com.  Prepare to be depressed.

With that said, I’ve cut my hours to part-time.  The stress was not worth it.  I wanted to devote more time to my other passion, genealogy, so I cut some of the dead weight.  I still put in 20 hours per week doing MT, and my volunteerism has more than doubled.  I have three projects in the works at the museum, plus I do something for ECIGA nearly every day.

Maybe by the time #127 prompt rolls around again, I’ll write about genealogy!

Bonus: The creepy cloud picture…one of the first things I posted!

image

Education

I graduated from high school and have some college under my belt, but that was years ago…so long ago that the credits wouldn’t even transfer now if I wanted them to.

I want to do something in genealogy. Maybe research for others? Maybe writing? Not teaching! Public speaking…ugh, my own personal hell. I wouldn’t mind mentoring, though.

Of course, I have looked into genealogical education. The National Genealogical Society (NGS), of which I am a proud member, offers a home study course. They are just now putting courses on the cloud so I’m starting there. My goal is to become a certified genealogist through evaluation by the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG). (Make note of all the acronyms; I will use them frequently.) You might note a recurring theme…I value certification in one’s chosen field. Once you apply to BCG to make them aware of your intentions, you have 1 year to complete your portfolio. If I ever title a post “On The Clock,” you’ll know my 1 year has begun.

What does concern me, though, is I notice a lot of professional genealogists have had previous illustrious careers. I’d be lying if I said that didn’t intimidate me. Lawyers, corporate executives, many folks with advanced degrees…all I am really good at is typing fast and looking stuff up.

Unfortunately, I am still working full-time in a job that really has no future. Those 40+ hours per week take up a significant amount of time, so I try to add 2-4 hours of genealogy per night, as if it were my part-time job. Goal: Full-time career!

Now, a little bit of my history…

Why do I want to move from medical transcription to something in genealogy?  I’m a Certified Healthcare Documentation Specialist (CHDS) and have been since 2004.  My MT career began in Nov 1999.  I’ve been at it for awhile, always working in an acute care setting.  For nearly 20 years, I worked for the local hospital until they could no longer afford me. Let the outsourcing begin! They went with a national company who offered me a position, which I took only for the health insurance, most assuredly not for the pay. The pay is laughable. I lost half of what I made at the hospital annually. Rude awakening, for sure, but on with life.

I literally get paid $0.0505 per line of dictation I edit. CENTS! This is editing speech/voice recognition of what a physician/clinician has dictated for a patient’s medicolegal record (sometime I’ll post a snippet of it so you can see what it looks like raw). When my job at the hospital ended, I figured I’d need to edit 4k+ lines per day to earn a comparable salary. Most days, I manage around 1800 lines total.

The one thing I love about MT is the research, learning something new every single day. Something I don’t love about MT is when your system crashes inexplicably in the middle of a god-awful long report that you will most likely need to type over because, even though they say the system saves your corrections, it doesn’t. Whee!

Enough about medical transcription. If you have any questions about the job, feel free to ask. Unfortunately, at this point, I don’t suggest it as a new career for anyone as I anticipate its complete demise in the next 5-10 years.

ETA: I worked in-house all those years at the hospital; now, I work from home.

I did it!

finally started my very own blog…something I’ve been mulling over for at least 2 years. It took me that long to come up with a name for it! Right now, it will remain relatively simple while I learn and get my feet wet.

The important thing to note, though, is my metamorphosis from my present career, medical transcription, to hopefully my new career, something in genealogy. I want to take what I once considered a very enjoyable and rewarding hobby to the next level. I am currently attending as many conferences as I’m able, webinars, society functions, reading NGSQ articles and taking part in discussing said articles, and taking the cloud courses through NGS. More about that in future posts!

For right now, I’ll leave you with some info about my avatar pic. It was taken 25 years ago as I received my high school diploma, a citation for my descendants if you will.