Category Archives: Work
Right now I am in a holding pattern while the NHQ reviews my medical files to see if I am an acceptable candidate for pilot and to see if I am an acceptable candidate to be a member of the Canadian Forces. If they deem me acceptable for both, I go to Trenton to do some more testing. A weeks worth of testing to be exact. I don’t quite now what I will be doing in Trenton, but if I get past the one week and am part of the 50% that pass I go onto more testing in Toronto to see if I am eligible to become a pilot in the Canadian Forces. If at any point I fail the testing at Trenton, at Toronto, or I am deemed unsuitable to be a pilot, then I just have to go back to the Recruiters and change my desired careers.
At this point, if my primary choice was MARS officer, I would have to wait until the RMC council meets in January to see if they will accept me to RMC or to a Civ U. But since I applied as a pilot, I have to go through some more testing. I love testing.
I am hopeful that I can get through the testing in Trenton and Toronto without to much of an issue so I can pursuit my dreams to be a Tactical/Maritime Helicopter Pilot or a Transport Pilot. I am going to give it my all in hopes that things will work out.
I have also made some small changes to my application as I have had some time to think about things. At first I applied to have Civ U as my primary choice, but I now know that what I really want is to attend RMC. The friendship and discipline that I would gain from the experience would be life changing. I know that I will be at least 4 to 5 years older then most Officer Cadets, but I am OK with that. I know that we are all there for the same reason.
I have not heard anything from the people I put down as a reference for a background check, so I don’t think it has gotten to that level yet. I am hopeful to hear something soon as I really need a change in my life. This position I am in is just sucking the life out of me.
So, there have been many things going on in my life right now and I have not really had the passion to write about it. My relationship with Amy Fox has come to an end and sadly the circumstances that lead up to the break-up were not good at all. There was a lack of trust on both sides and it just fell apart from there. I have been having a hard time adjusting to being single again but I know that given time I will be a better person and be able to walk away stronger and with the knowledge that I will some day find someone that loves me as much I love them.
Also work has not been going as well as I would like I feel like I am at a dead stop and not able to move anywhere. I have still be applying to jobs on the market, but I have yet to get a call back from any potential employers. So I am thinking that if this keeps up over the next couple of months, I might end up going back to school and moving out of Kingston as there just are not the tech jobs like in Toronto or Ottawa. I’m even thinking that I might not even stay in Ontario and go where the jobs are. Now that I am single, nothing is holding me to a particular place. I have also been flirting with joining the Military as an Officer but right now I am in a holding pattern as I have to wait until September before I can start applying to Civilian Universities and to the Regular Officer Training Program (ROTP) to see if I would be eligible.
Work seems to be getting the best of me. It is draining, even though I don’t do a lot and working shift work is just not for me. The constant switching from 12 hour day shifts to 12 hour night shifts just does not work with my body. Some people are cut out for it, but I am not sure I am. Well, not in this position anyway. I have been getting out and about Kingston more as I no longer have a desire to sit at home and watch TV or play on my computer for long periods of time. I have taken up biking and I am really enjoying it. It allows me to get around town in a decent time and with all the hills in Kingston, gives me one hell of a good work out. If it was not for the winter months, I think I would have no need to buy a car.
I’m really hoping that I can get out of this funk in my life and go meet new people. Start doing the things that I enjoy and try to ignore all the shit that is going on in my life. I really need to start enjoying life and what it has to offer.
So I have been working at Empire Life for 3 months now and I am no longer on probation. I can now take full advantage of the benefits and the sick time if I need them. I doubt I will since I get a week off every 5 weeks. I am still no working alone, but I kind of dread doing it. It’s not that I am under trained or anything, I just fear messing something up or missing something when I work my over night shifts.
Short of that though, life is going really well. I have been trying to get out of my apartment more and been trying to pry myself away from sitting infront of the computer as much as I do. I want to get into golfing and into shooting for sport, aka Target practice. I am also working on some other ventures that would help me get back into flying again as well as doing some things around the house to make life a little more enjoyable.
Today for instance I went to Home Depot with my Grandmother and ended up getting two large totes and filled them with soil so I can start a garden on my balcony. I don’t too many plants in them right now as it is still the very beginning of spring and there is still the occasional frost warning. But I’m hoping that in about a month or so I can get my hands on some baby veggie plants and grow them. Hopefully this summer will be better then the last!
So Empire Life hired me on as a Computer Print Operator and so far, there is a lot of learning to do but the job is going well. I am currently working 7.5 hour days, Monday to Friday, but at the end of my three month training, I will be working 12.5 hour days or nights. it’s shift work, so it’s something I have to start getting used to again, but I think I can deal with it. Empire Life seems to be a great place to work. Tones of friendly people, and so many great things I can learn while I am there. The great thing about working at Empire Life is they really like training their staff. So I can apply for courses related to the insurance field, or anything else that might help their company out, and they will pay for the course and give me a bonus after I finish the course. This place is wonderful.
So what does a Computer Print Operator do you ask? Well, I am responsible for looking after the 5 huge printers we have, that combined, print over 8 million pages a year. I am also responsible for looking after the mainframe and the servers. Among the many things I do on the server, the one that takes up most of my time is running COBOL and JCL jobs for the other departments working at Empire Life. it’s neat being able to have so much power and yet at the same time it worries me because I don’t want to mess up and do the wrong thing and cause a huge problem for Empire Life. I have some pictuers of my work place over on my flicker account. (Empire Life has kindly asked me to remove my pictures from my flickr account. Sorry everyone)
I’m sure I will be making more posts about this place as time goes on. I also want to start posting more on this site as I feel like I am letting my cousin David down by not putting this site to good use. Since he is paying for the server and I think still is paying for the domain name, I feel like I need to keep this updated to show him I am getting value out of this site. Thank you very much David!
With so many people being laid off in the first recession of the new century, many people are in the market for a permanent job. This means that the competition is fierce for any company looking to hire. With the Bank of Canada officially calling the recession over, there are still many companies that cannot afford to hire their staff back. This means that many are looking for jobs else where. Some are having no choice but to take lower positions just to make an income. Some people are even going back to working at places like McDonald’s or Starbucks. People that, just the last year, were working as entry level software programmers or any other such entry level positions.
Many have even given the thought of being there own boss. I have started more and more thinking that this might be a good way to go. But sadly, I don’t know if I am willing to put in the 10-13 hour days, 5 to 7 days a week, in order to get my name out there. I am by no means a business man, so I would not be starting a store front business of my own, but rather as a freelance writer/ web specialist. After knowing two people that have been doing this sort of thing for years and both of them telling me how hard and frustrating things are, it really makes me wonder if this is something I want to do.
I have also given the thought of possibly doing this as a side project and still trying to find a job working part time somewhere. But after putting out at least two dozen resumes to different companies and not hearing a work back from ANY of them other then to let me know they received my electronic application, I am starting to give up hope of ever finding a job. I know that a majority of my content on this site has been all over the place and about my personal life. This is mainly because I can’t think of one thing I am really good at that I might be able to capture a niche market’s attention with. I think what I need to start out doing is possibly picking two or three topics that I like writing about, and try finding which one I have the most success with and go with it. I know that in order to get my name out there I will need to use application such as Twitter, Facebook, del.icio.us , digg, reddit and many other social media/bookmarking sites. I don’t know if I want to start doing that though. It all sounds very easy, but to put good content out into the world that people are will to read is another story. So the question is, should I start small, only working on one site and get that up and running while I continue to look for a new job, or should I just go all in and work on two sites and promote the heck out of them and see about making that my permanent job?