Reflections of Two Weeks Past – Helping Others

Since Christmas is just around the corner, I decided to focus blog on helping others today.

As a computer applications instructor, I am often given the opportunity to help others.  For the past two weeks, I’ve been working with Catholic charities to begin preparing their people for other jobs.  Here in Las Vegas, is very difficult for people to find jobs.  So many people are out of work.  And, because so many individuals who live in Las Vegas were employed by the casinos, many of them never had a need for working with the computer.  So, my responsibility is to help these people get back on their feet — help them find themselves once again.  For many of these people, it’s tough to understand where they fit in an office.  I would say that 50% of my students are career changers.

Changing careers has got to be the toughest thing you can do.  You’re attempting to pick up new skill sets, and head out into a market, already saturated with individuals who are very familiar with these software applications.  You, the person who was out of work, has to be as competitive as they are.  I cannot tell you the number of times that I have a student coming in to my class, and discovering just how much they really do not know about working with Microsoft or Adobe applications.  And I am there to help them pick up the pieces, or to help them discover what they’ve been missing in their repertoire.

The past two weeks consisted of Microsoft office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook) during the first week, and employment development in the second week.  It has been a grueling two weeks, not only for myself but also for my students.  I will admit I am tired.  I think it takes just as much out of me as it does my students.  But my reward was the feedback that I got for my students how they felt that they had learned so much in such a short amount of time.  Many of my students that I had for the past two weeks were college graduates.  Some had bachelors degrees.  Some did not have any degrees at all but the overall complement but I was given was how I was better than any teacher that ever had, now you may think I get a swelled head from the compliments.  Not a lot of pay in being a teacher — but I have found over the years that might pay off, my true pay comes in the form of the sense of accomplishment as well as a warm feeling in my heart that I’m finally doing something right in my life.

I don’t know if any, my students are going to end up in any of my stories.  My guess, is that one day one of them might.  Perhaps all of them will find themselves in one of my books.  I guess, only time will tell.  For now, it is time for this writer to go to sleep.

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