I have always wanted to work in the medical field, every since I could remember being asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. Being given the opportunity to help others, has always been a burning passion of mine. The only issue is, being around blood, wounds and possibly severed limbs wasnât my idea of a good time (seeing as how weak my stomach tends to be around situations of that nature).
Growing up in the Foster Care system, many people had me pegged for going nowhere. When a foster-care student graduates high school, many people are surprised that you had the gumption to even get that far in life. So when I told my Social Worker that I wanted to go to college, she did everything short of laugh in my face. Here was a troubled kid, who already had a weak constitution, and mediocre grades, talking about they wanted to go to school for medicine (Yeah, OK). It was then, that I decided to prove her and everyone who doubted me wrong.
I enrolled into college and majored in, none other than medicine. I made it all the way to my junior year, and then financial hardships took their toll and i had no choice but to drop out. It began to depress me when I thought about how I might not ever get the chance to fulfill a long time dream of mine. I knew that I couldnât let the depression get the best of me, so I began to research other fields in the medical community.
I found out that through becoming a medical transcriber, I could still be of great service to the medical community, and get the enjoyment that only comes from knowing that I was able to help someone. First, I needed to get the money to go back to school. After going from dead end job to dead end job, without being closer to my goal than when I first started, I began to feel a sense of worthlessness. Maybe everyone was right, I would never amount to anything. I couldnât even keep a decent job. While all of my friends were getting Masters Degrees, here I was picking up toys and clothes after ungrateful customers. While they were talking about their high paying jobs, here I was serving food to rude restaurant goers. I hated telling people what I did for a living.
I knew that I was better than what I was doing. For some, those type of jobs may be OK. I knew that I was destined for better things, destined for a better life then just dead end jobs and low pay. The yearning for a better life hit me hard when my first daughter was born. I made the hard decision of searching for a stay at home jobs position while being a mother who couldnât afford day care, even with both of us working.
So I had to put my medical transcription dream on hold until my oldest daughter was of school age. Two years turned into three, and then another baby was born. I all but forgot about my dream of going back to school until my daughter (now 4), asked what mommy does for a living. The feeling of worthless nothing came back as I remembered that once upon a time I had aspirations. What was I supposed to tell her? Mommy had to set aside her life choices because you two came along. No, I couldnât say that. I have two young impressionable minds, which I am trying to teach âAnything is possibleâ to. So after that wake up call, I got back on my research grind and that was how I came across Future MT. After reading the website from front to back more than twice, my excitement about going back to school was re-energized. With the work from home flexibility that comes with being a medical transcriptionist, I can be a working woman and still be a stay at home mom. I breathed a sigh of relief knowing that I could work from home and still get my daughter off the bus in the afternoons. It literally brought tears to my eyes knowing that I could make a decent living from home and be there to put my 1 year old down for her naps, and be there when she woke up. It was a great feeling knowing that my kids would still have the security of their mother being around when they needed me. To me, nothing would be better than knowing that I could still be a full time mother and make an income too.
After having read the FMT website down to the fine print, i know that Future MT is the right schooling choice for me for many reasons. Even with the course being condensed, it teaches you to dictate for a variety of different specialties. Some of the specialties arenât even offered by some of the other schools that I researched. That advantage alone puts me ahead of the game, and that excited me. The help lines are genius. With the many schools that I researched, barely any of them offered phone support. To be totally honest, after reading the site over just the first time, I knew that FMT was for me. It sounds like this establishment genuinely wants to help people like me become someone, and have them be proud to tell everyone what they do for a living with their heads held high. That feeling alone made burn the midnight oil and write this essay. I wasnât going to let a New Year come with. I was going to DO this. I am ready to take my confidence back again; to feel like I am an asset to not only to society, but to my household as well.
Knowing that my education and career goals are intertwined in each other makes me more motivated to become part of the FMT family. I know that once I get an education from FMT, I will be on the right path to not just a job, but a career in medical transcription. With being employed with a good paying medical transcription career, we can then proceed to buy that house that we have been dreaming of getting âone dayâ. It will also give me the satisfaction of telling my girls about the ups and downs that mommy had to face. How I persevered to get to where I am today. I will tell them that with hard work, patience and dedication, they too can achieve whatever they set out to do. Being able to do that will have made everything worthwhile.