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Looking towards the future: more education needed

One of my life goals is to own my own business / work for myself. I’m not really sure what kind of business, exactly. But definitely not doing design contracts. I’d LOVE to open up a rock climbing gym (with a little store and a little coffee shop in it). I’d also like to run a B&B or be a landlord … or open my own niche sports store. Whatever it is, it’s going to be something I’m passionate about.

No matter what I want to do, it will require more education. I’d like to get my business degree, but the thought of going back to school for 4 or 5 years is not appealing to me, and I really doubt I’d do it. I’ve already done 5 years of post-secondary education (and have 1/2 of a degree and a 2-year diploma to show for it). From my diploma, I have a marketing/communication/design background, so what I really want to learn are business fundamentals and applied skills. Which is why I was thinking of getting another 2-year diploma in business.

I’ve been looking at local colleges in the Lower Mainland, as well as on the island. Ideally I could do my diploma part-time so I could continue to work (and save up money for my business venture). Or even through correspondence so that I have the ability to move anywhere I want. It would take longer to complete, but I’m okay with that. I’ll need that time to save money and get my ideas all in line anyway.

Most 2-year programs I’ve been looking at cost around $8,000-10,000. Pricey. Thankfully I can utilize the Lifelong Learning Plan and withdraw from my RRSPs penalty-free if I choose to (although that $ was earmarked for a down payment for my first place). It would definitely beat taking out student loans though. And I really don’t want to go down that road again.

All of this is a few years into the future, once we’re back and we have figured out what we want to do. But it’s nice to think about now, so that I feel a little more stable in my long-term plans.

Are you using LinkedIn?

Yesterday I was chatting with a friend and he asked if I was on LinkedIn. I said no, but immediately went to sign up for it. After filling out my profile, I went to import some contacts from my e-mail accounts. Wow. Seriously nobody I know uses that website. I think I requested less than 30 connections that I would even consider using professionally. And that’s about it. I don’t even want to upload a picture of myself on that website. We’ll see how it works out. I can see how it could be beneficial to me, but also I think it’s kind of lame.

Are you using LinkedIn?

Taking a day off

I talked to my boss yesterday and because I’m banking hours right now by coming into work 1 hr. early most mornings, I’m probably going to take next Friday off because my sister is in town. :) We’ll probably head down to Washington to go shopping. The dollar isn’t doing that great, but we feel like the sales will make up for it. And if not, then we don’t have to buy anything!

Being able to bank hours is great, but I’m really starting to feel the effects of getting up at 5:45am every morning while still going to bed at the same time. Plus, I’m not able to run in the mornings anymore. So in a way, I’m looking forward to getting caught up with all of this extra work. But until then, I’ll be happy to collect some extra time off.

PT job rejection e-mail

So a few weeks ago, I applied for a PT job at a grocery store that is just opening up by my work. I’ve never worked in a grocery store before, but I have about 7 or 8 years of retail experience in really fast-paced environments, so I knew I was capable of doing the job.

I just wanted a few shifts per week, after work. Maybe 12 hrs/week. It was a way for me to get to know other people, because the money isn’t that great and I have a decent paying FT job.

Anyway I just got a rejection e-mail. Not even an interview. That’s kind of a burn.

A quick weekend post

I’ve exhausted but have been having a really good time so far at home. I miss being here. I miss my PT job. I miss my friends. I also miss BF. It’s hard always hanging out with couples and never having him around. A lot of people haven’t even met him yet! And when he does come home with me, he has his own family to see as well.

Money-wise, I’ve spent just about what I’ve budgeted. I made about $75 today at the PT job, and I should make another $70-80 tomorrow. :)

Anyway that’s all for now. It’s almost 1am and I’m tired. Work tomorrow at 9am!

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