Long story short, the job that Mr. S finally got four long years after being downsized from his 20-year career is headed south. Oh, he’s still employed, but conditions have become such that he doesn’t see himself staying long-term. (sigh)
So now he has to start thinking about finding another one. Here’s the deal: He’s 50 years old, so any extended education is out of the question, both timewise and financially. I can pay most of the bills, but we really need him to have some sort of income to fill in the gaps. Also, we live in an extremely rural area; any large city with a decent employer base is at least 40 miles away. It’s unlikely that he’d find a job in one of those at a pay rate that would justify the commute. And we’re not moving, for various reasons. So we’d like him to find either something close to home or some kind of self-employment.
So I’ve been skimming the local job ads, which obviously are slim pickin’s: agricultural labor, waitstaff, long-haul truck driving. Yuck yuck yuck.
But today there was an ad for “Medical Technician. Medical experience a plus, but not required. Willing to train the right person.” And that got me thinking.
Mr. S has always been level-headed when dealing with sickness and injury, both human and animal. He’s happened upon accident scenes a few times and been quite helpful: once helping the EMTs deal with a patient who had been in an ambulance that had itself been in an accident, flipping over several times; he helped them find supplies, get the patient on the chopper, etc. Another time he kept a girl with a head injury calm and quiet for about an hour while the paramedics dealt with more pressing problems. And of course, when I’m sick, I’m well taken care of by Nurse Hubby. So I think he’d do well in a medical setting.
He’s also good on the technical side; his previous job was as a litho stripper and then job planner for a printing company. He’s done fine hand work as well as handled intricate math and measurement. He’s very good with detail, organization, accuracy, etc.
Medical people, do you think this is something he could look into? Can you point me toward some possibilities? I think he’d even enjoy something like being a radiology technician, whcih might tie in with his camera experience in printing.
If this company is willing to train, perhaps there’s some sort of position he could train for that would require only a one- or two-year program. We have several hospitals and clinics within that 40-mile radius, and it seems that there are always medical jobs listed locally (although a lot of them are for RNs and similarly qualified people).
What do you think? Am I way off base, or is this worth looking into? Mr. S is really tired of not using his natural skills and being seen as just a lackey (school custodian), and I think this might be something to consider.