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Nanlisa in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania

46 months ago

Tiffany: I'm in the same boat as you. I'm not good in math and science either. I can't do dietary work anymore because of my physical health. In fact, I can't do anything that is physical either. I need to have a sit-down job.

I would suggest trying market research. I know that it's an unstable business, but you'll at least be on the phone asking questions and typing in responses. You're not selling anything. In fact, check out some call center jobs. You can also try inside sales or even customer service in a call center. Just check them out and see if the job is right for you.

You also really need to judge for yourself as to what type of work you can do. Good luck to you.

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Nanlisa in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania

46 months ago

Susan: Tiffany said that she's not good with math. If she ever worked as a travel agent, she would have to handle money, airfares, tariffs, taxes, and so forth. Ditto for real estate.

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Elly John in Kingston, Jamaica

46 months ago

Tiffany in Minneapolis, Minnesota said: I need to learn some specific job skills. But I'm not good in math or science. I'm a petite woman, so I can't do heavy labor either. It seems that the very few jobs that are still out there are more in accounting or something in the medical field, but without math or science I doubt I could do it. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Tiffany, have you ever thought of counselling or human resourse (depending on the sectionin HR)......most jobs require some amount of mathematical calculation at some point, and not to be too scared but training or software is usually available to help you with this.

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Nanlisa in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania

46 months ago

Elly John: Perhaps she should go see a job counselor and get a career assessment. In a lot of my previous call center jobs, I had to keep track of all the calls manually and then add them up at the end of the day. You're right about one thing: she's going to have to use some math on the job.

She didn't clearly specify where she was weak in math. Was she weak in basic math? Fractions? Percentages?

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Tiffany in Minneapolis, Minnesota

46 months ago

Thank you everyone for your replies. Of course I can count, add, subtract, multiply, divide, etc. But I highly dislike algebra, geometry, and so forth. I wouldn't be able to do accounting or finance all day long, for example. I was always into liberal arts, and I have a liberal arts degree. But I was trying to possibly find some field that still has some jobs available and where I could perhaps perform some specific task (as opposed to ambiguity of liberal arts). Thanks again for everyone's replies.

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Nanlisa in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania

46 months ago

I see what you mean Tiffany. When I studied for my GED, I couldn't even do the algebra, geometry, and so forth. In fact, when I took the GED tests, I passed every one of them except for the math. I had to retake the math test, but this time, I passed it, and I got my GED.

I also remember learning how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions when I was in school over 40 years ago. I could do it back then, but I can't do it now.

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Nanlisa in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania

46 months ago

Tiffany; How about trying some freelance writing? I've been writing for over 30 years. In December, 2009 , I signed up for the home-study Long Ridge Writers Group course for adults. And last July, I signed up for the childrens' writing course through the Institute for Children's Literature. (I want to write for teenagers as well as for adults.)

Of course, you're going to be rejected, but it's good to have on the side when you're working at a regular job.

Don't give up. Just hang in there.

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Elly John in Kingston, Jamaica

46 months ago

Tiffany in Minneapolis, Minnesota said: Thank you everyone for your replies. Of course I can count, add, subtract, multiply, divide, etc. But I highly dislike algebra, geometry, and so forth. I wouldn't be able to do accounting or finance all day long, for example. I was always into liberal arts, and I have a liberal arts degree. But I was trying to possibly find some field that still has some jobs available and where I could perhaps perform some specific task (as opposed to ambiguity of liberal arts). Thanks again for everyone's replies.

Tiffany, why not check to see if there are any openings at the UN, UNESCO, World Bank, US Peace Corp that your skills could be useful. Further you will get training and wider exposure you can later specify what and where you want to go in your career. Best of luck

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Tiffany in Minneapolis, Minnesota

46 months ago

Thank you, everyone. I appreciate the time you took to reply!
I took a GRE test today and pretty much flunked the whole math portion. I dislike math so much that I couldn't even force myself to study it for the test. :(

I keep trying to find some specific task that I could try to learn for a stable job, but in the end I keep getting pulled back into the liberal arts mindset. Sometimes I do wish that I loved math or hard sciences because that's where the stable, higher paying jobs are, but unfortunately I dislike them.

Nanlisa, is there any way I could contact you by email to chat with you about freelance writing? Writing is what I enjoy.

Elly John, I hadn't researched those options before. Do they primary place volunteers oversees?

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Tiffany in Minneapolis, Minnesota

46 months ago

Elly John, I forgot to address your original reply. I had thought of HR, but there are zero jobs right now, even for people with 20+ years of experience and MBA degrees. So it doesn't look like a good career to pursue at the moment.
I have always thought about the Counseling field. (I love psychology and writing.) But there are sooo many therapists at the MA level. I'm looking at a subset within the counseling field at the moment. I've also been thinking about MSW, but I keep getting conflicted feelings. On the one hand it's a versatile degree, but on the other hand everyone in the field is saying how overworked and underpaid they are, and most would never pursue it again if they had to start over. It is so difficult to make these career decisions. :( I'd hate to go back to school and have loans and no job yet again.

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Donna Metty in Deltona, Florida

46 months ago

I am not sure about your area or your situation, but at our local college, they offer a class called "Fresh Start." Its a four week class that helps men and women get started in finding work, or even how to get more education. I am terrible at math and science, so I know how you feel. After taking the class, I opted for school and started an 18 month program for Human Services, with a specialization in drug counseling. I breezed through that and changed my major to psychology. I graduate this May with my AA, and going on to a university. I am as math/science dumb as they get, but I am making it with all A's so far. While I am not making money yet, scholarships are tiding me over so far.
Your area should also have a local place for job hunt assistance or try a temp agency. They evaluate your current skills, teach you a few new ones and get you to work right away.
Good luck to you!
PS: You are never to old or to young I turn 42 on 3/17!

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Tiffany in Minneapolis, Minnesota

46 months ago

Hi Donna,
I wish you luck! I did a double major back when I was in college 10 years ago. One of them was in psychology. Unfortunately, there isn't too much that one can do with a BA in psychology. One would have to go to graduate school to do something substantial in this field.
Temp agencies used to evaluate and offer training, but now that there are hundreds of applicants for every type of job, they don't bother training anyone anymore. They expect you to come prepared. But anyways. It's always hard to choose a career. But in these economical times, it's downright crazy. I can definitely go to to a career counselor and figure out my interests further, but on the other hand it's not much use when there are zero jobs in areas which we would love to work in. That's why I was trying to search for something that I'm not necessarily passionate about, but something that still has some jobs available at the moment. Hence, my search for some specific, definable job skill.

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Nanlisa in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania

46 months ago

Tiffany: You can go to www.longridgewritersgroup.com to look at information on the Breaking Into Print course. I signed up for this course in December of 2009. In July last year, I signed up for their children's course through their sister school: Institute for Children's Literature. They pair you with an instructor who's and experienced and published writer, and you have one-on-one instruction. Right now, I'm on leave of absence from both courses because I got laid off at the end of January.

Of course, you're going to get rejected, but you just keep on keeping on. You can also go to www.helium.com and write for them, and they even pay you for it. I have over 300 articles on there. In the four years that I've been on there, I have made about $275.

Hobby Farms Magazine published some Green Acres trivia questions that I sent them in its July/August, 2007 issue. One of my personal essays, The Other Side of the Sixties, won Honorable Mention in a ByLine Magazine contest in December of 2006.

Tiffany: Unfortunately, I don't put my email address on a public message board for privacy reasons. We can communicate here through this public forum. Perhaps other people would be interested in writing as well.

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Nanlisa in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania

46 months ago

Donna: In the fall of 2004, I enrolled in the New Choices program at Delaware County Community College. It's a free program for displaced workers to learn about new careers. It's funded by the state of Pennsylvania.

Unfortuantely, the program is in danger due to cutbacks in state funding, and it may cease to exist on June 30. I signed an online petition to keep the program growing.

Tiffany: perhaps there's a similar program in Minneapolis that you can check out. Otherwise, and I hate to say this, most of the jobs today are either in health care or high tech.

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Tiffany in Minneapolis, Minnesota

46 months ago

Nanlisa, it's alright about the e-mail. Good luck with your freelance writing.
I'm also finding that the only jobs still out there are in high tech or health care. That's why I'm trying to see if there's some specific training I could receive in order to try to fit into one of these field somehow by knowing some concrete skill. But it's very tough for someone who doesn't like math, science, drawing blood. So my choices are very limited, if that.
I know what my passions in life are, but there are no jobs like that. And especially in this economy, it doesn't make sense to expect the world to fit my career dreams, so I have to find a way to fit into what's available. It makes no sense to tell people to follow their career dreams these days, when there are zero jobs in their dream field or much of anywhere. I'm trying to find some stable work, and pursue my interests on the side for myself. I'll keep looking. Thanks.

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Nanlisa in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania

46 months ago

I agree with you Tiffany. Not everybody is cut out for health care. There has to be something that you can do. Just keep on looking and hang in there.

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susan in El Paso, Texas

46 months ago

Nanlisa in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania said: Susan: Tiffany said that she's not good with math. If she ever worked as a travel agent, she would have to handle money, airfares, tariffs, taxes, and so forth. Ditto for real estate.

no i am not good in math .....and i worked for a corporate travel agent....i didnt handle money as for airfares ,taxes each company uses their own system....could be SABRE or WorldSpan..and if you knew anything about the travel industry you would know that it just depends on what section she would like to work in...but your right about real estate...

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susan in El Paso, Texas

46 months ago

susan in El Paso, Texas said: no i am not good in math .....and i worked as corporate travel agent....i didnt handle money as for airfares ,taxes each company uses their own system....could be SABRE or WorldSpan..and if you knew anything about the travel industry you would know that it just depends on what section she would like to work in...but your right about real estate...

meant i worked as a corporate travel agent

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Nanlisa in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania

46 months ago

Tiffany: I don't blame you at all for not wanting to be in a position where you have to draw blood, such as a medical assistant.

Whenever you're at home watching TV, are you also being bombarded with these trade school ads that simply glamorize the medical field, especially when it comes to being a medical assistant? I clearly can't stress this, but they don't tell you the truth about what you have to do when you become a medical or dental assistant, and so forth.

In fact, in one of the Sanford Brown commercials, they start off by asking, "Why did I choose dental assisting? Because I wanted a better life. Because I want to help people. Because I love to see people smile." Well how about starting them out by asking, "Why did I choose dental assisting? Because I love to look inside peoples' dirty mouths?"

Even for a medical assistant, they should also say, "I love helping people. I just love sticking needles in them and drawing their blood."

If you know basic math, maybe you can try medical billing and coding, or even accounting. I don't know if you ever handled money before.

We're glad to give you any advice that you need.

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Nanlisa in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania

46 months ago

I'm not knocking the medical field at all. I respect anybody who decides to go into the medical field. But the medical field just simply isn't for me and that's the bottom line. And I'm just making the public aware that these trade school ads don't tell you reality of working in the fields that they teach, and that's the bottom line.

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Nanlisa in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania

46 months ago

susan in El Paso, Texas said: meant i worked as a corporate travel agent

Susan: Travel agency work was one of the courses that I took 30 years ago while I was still working in dietary. Because I love to travel, I wanted to have a travel career. But as the years went by, there were two things that I didn't want to do; and that is to sell and handle money.

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Elly John in Kingston, Jamaica

46 months ago

Donna Metty in Deltona, Florida said: I am not sure about your area or your situation, but at our local college, they offer a class called "Fresh Start." Its a four week class that helps men and women get started in finding work, or even how to get more education. I am terrible at math and science, so I know how you feel. After taking the class, I opted for school and started an 18 month program for Human Services, with a specialization in drug counseling. I breezed through that and changed my major to psychology. I graduate this May with my AA, and going on to a university. I am as math/science dumb as they get, but I am making it with all A's so far. While I am not making money yet, scholarships are tiding me over so far.
Your area should also have a local place for job hunt assistance or try a temp agency. They evaluate your current skills, teach you a few new ones and get you to work right away.
Good luck to you!
PS: You are never to old or to young I turn 42 on 3/17!

Happy Birthday Donna and all the best.

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Nanlisa in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania

46 months ago

Oh how about that Donna! You get to celebrate your birthday and St. Patrick's Day on the same day! Wow!

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Nanlisa in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania

46 months ago

Happy Birthday anyway Donna!

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Nanlisa in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania

45 months ago

monica in El Paso, Texas said: and like i said it JUST DEPENDS ON WHAT SECTION YOU WORK IN!I WORKED AS A CORPORATE TRAVEL AGENTAND I NEVER HANDLED MONEY! ...i made reservations for airline car and hotel.printed out the invoice and sent it to our billing department.

Monica: I never knew that. When I was taking the travel agency course 30 years ago, I was considering becoming an independent tour specialist. But then I decided to just simply keep travel as a hobby.

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sassiemamaAZ in Phoenix, Arizona

45 months ago

Medical billing and coding, front office medical or dental. Phlebotomy. Medical assiting has limited math and science...doable for just about anyone!

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Christine in Addison, Illinois

43 months ago

Does anyone have any suggestions for a guy? My son is 20 and is almost to the point of quitting school. He can not pass math. He is in college and is still taking H.S. math because of poor results on a placement test. Of course, even if he passes it wil not count as a college credit. Please ANY help would be appreciated. He is going to a Chicago Community College....

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Suggestion in Westborough, Massachusetts

43 months ago

Tiffany in Minneapolis, Minnesota said: I need to learn some specific job skills. But I'm not good in math or science. I'm a petite woman, so I can't do heavy labor either. It seems that the very few jobs that are still out there are more in accounting or something in the medical field, but without math or science I doubt I could do it. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

My suggestion would be to go to your public library and find an OLD algebra book from about 1957 or so. Start with page one and learn it thoroughly. Then this big wall that you have will come crashing down.

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Lillie Conger in Providence, Utah

5 months ago

Hey, there are many career fields in which you don't need to deal with science or maths. If you like cooking then culinary arts career (chef business) is the best choice for you. I’ve an article on how one can make a refined career in Culinary arts and I want to share it here. I'm sure You will love it.
www.blogher.com/make-refined-career-culinary-arts

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xboxer in Tucson, Arizona

5 months ago

Man, the advice here....

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Leeann66 in Brighter Days R Coming, Ontario

5 months ago

xboxer in Tucson, Arizona said: Man, the advice here....

LOL!!!!!

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