The Republicans before and after the Occupy Wall Street protests.

So glad I’m not the only one to notice this…

Latest news on my job provokes a mixed reaction.

I got a phone call from the contracting house I work for about my job today. In summary they said, “Hey, remember how Company you’re contracted to said they were changing your job to an in-house position and you’d have to reapply and probably wouldn’t get it because you don’t have a college degree? Yeah? Well, they changed their mind and aren’t going to do that anymore. You still have your original two-year contract.”

So the good news is that the pressure to find a new job is off for now as I still have a year and a half on my contract. This makes me feel good. Of course there was a chance, however slim, that I could have been hired by Company and that would’ve been really cool. That makes me feel bad at the same time.

I suppose I’ll just be pleased that I have one less stress to stress out over during the holidays.

Not having a degree is about to bite me in the ass once again.

It’s déjà vu all over again as I may soon find myself unemployed once more. Word came down at work that they are redefining my job from being a contracted position to an internal position. The job itself will be the same, but who I directly work for won’t be. As a result I need to apply for consideration to be hired for the job I am already doing. Like most companies these days, they’re very big on their employees having some form of degree, preferably a bachelors. Doesn’t matter what area the degree is in, so long as you have one, your chances of being hired are greatly improved.

Which, of course, I don’t have. I am working on one at the moment, but it’s still some distance in the future. I wasn’t expecting to have it done before my contract expired as it was and I definitely won’t have it within the next few weeks. The good news is that I’m at least being allowed to apply for the job which is a step up from when this happened to me at Ford Motor Company where they wouldn’t even entertain the idea of considering possibly hiring me without a degree. The bad news is my boss doesn’t get to put in a good word for me until after the recruiter determines whether or not I should even get an interview.

Needless to say I’m updating my resume and will be submitting it, but I’m not particularly optimistic that I’ll retain my job. Assuming I don’t my boss has said that he expects the transition to take at least a few months to unfold so I should be OK until at least January at the earliest and possibly as late as March. There’s no guarantee of that, but you take your silver linings where you can find them. In addition to applying for the job I currently have I’ll be hitting the job boards with a bit more vigor to see what other opportunities there might be. The fun never ends.

Jobs I’m Glad I Can’t Do: The Pelvic Model.

There are people in this world who go to great lengths to give back to the community in various ways. Some are firemen who rush into burning buildings, some are policemen who patrol dangerous neighborhoods, and some are teachers of a very specialized sort that ensure our doctors know what they are doing:

I am a Pelvic Model.

More precisely, I am a Non-MD, Gynecological Instructor.  Sort of a “professional vagina,” I use my own body to teach health care professionals how to perform gentle and effective “well woman” breast and pelvic exams.   

It’s not your typical job.  Not something you tend to see advertised in the Classifieds.  Not a profession well represented on Career Day.  Type “pelvic model” into any search engine and you won’t get a lot of hits.  (Actually, you will, but they are of the “Secretary Whores” variety.)

Despite what people first think, the Naked Job, as I call it, is not sexual.  It’s not voyeuristic, it’s not freakish, and it’s definitely not glamorous.  (Admittedly, only one person ever thought it might be glamorous – and she doesn’t get out much.)

What the Naked Job is falls somewhere between “Rewarding/Giving Back” and “Well, I Guess Somebody’s Gotta Do It.”

[…] A “Gynecological Instructor” sounds odd, yes, but face it, the only other way young doctors learn how to perform pelvic exams on a live person is to learn on their patients – i.e. you.  So, besides being an exceedingly well paid gig ( it’d have to be), it’s actually rewarding in that I’m helping make pelvic exams kinder and gentler the world over and my students are always so appreciative… how many times are you hugged at your job?

It’s a fascinating read and will make you appreciate not having to undertake the job yourself, but also glad that there’s someone out there who is.