After a year of MT training hell, I have received the call.
I passed…with honours.
How good is that?
I’m still coming to grips with the reality of the situation. No more slogging it out on the report production line of garbled, undecipherable and maddening transcriptionist hell. I’ve made it through and I’m on to the next stage.
At this point I’d like to thank my long suffering husband for putting up with my rants, and believing in me when I thought I really sucked. I’d also like to thank my dogs for helping me through my finals. The doggy do-do on my grammar notes and the pee on my open Dorland’s medical dictionary during the final did nothing to lower my stress levels at the time, but it did prepare me for any situation that may occur in my future career as an MT.
I’ve been sent an application email from an MT company already. I plan to update my resume, fill out the forms and prepare for yet another examination to get into a traineeship.
Right now however, and for the next few days, I plan to live my life as a free woman. I’m going to smell the roses, taste the chocolate and open that sweet red I’ve had stashed under the back bed for months. My husband will be home from sea in the next few days, which makes the occasion even sweeter.
I’ve been through this before, or something similar, when I graduated from university 6 years ago. It was the same sensation of euphoria, starting somewhere in my abdomen and shooting straight through the top of my head. It’s like being stoned…or so I’ve been told anyway.
I often wonder why I keep on doing this to myself though. Is the end result worth all the madness, sleepless nights, anxiety and stress? I think only time will tell. Everything I have done in my life so far has led me to this point. The objective of this last endeavour was to earn a living from home. This, in my way of thinking, would be the ultimate opportunity – considering that I live on an island and local job prospects are quite low despite my qualifications.
The next few months will be a testament to my years of experience and my recent training. My knowledge of current technology and a lot of patience should see me through the unexpected glitches that are sure to pop up every now and again. If I’ve learned anything, I’ve learned that technology is never a smooth road.
I can’t wait to start and earn a living again. I’m starting at the bottom, but hopefully I will move up the ranks and become a ‘seasoned’ MT that others can rely on.
I’m also planning another project for next year. I’m building a new computer. I’m hoping for the best but I’m expecting the unexpected, and another steep learning curve.
‘Learning never exhausts the mind’ Leonardo da Vinci.