Balancing Penn Foster studies with work, family, and other activities and responsibilities.
Hello, my name is Sharon. I am 58 years old, and I would have never dreamed that I would be
wearing so may different hats in my life. My mother and family were so excited when I said that I was
interested in advancing my career while I still can with work slowing right now. They knew that I
wanted to be more than just a medical transcriptionist because the work started to decrease with the
outsourcing, doctors implementing their own formats that allows them to just type a few sentences and
the transcription is done, or they have a transcriptionist that follows them around and does the
transcription when they see the patient. I would love to play more of an active role in the medical field,
and this would be a good start to switching over with my knowledge of what CNA's do and medical
transcriptionists do as this would make the transition over much easier.
My mother asked why I did not start sooner in my adventure in seeking my career further. I
explained that I was happy doing what I did as a medical transcriptionist, as I worked at home, spent
time with my grandchildren, watched them grow and go off to Pre-K and school while my children
worked during the day, so they did not have to pay for child care. My mother and family were so
encouraging in the beginning with me advancing, being able to still work, and to do classes online at
home. My grandson, said he would nag me to death to get my homework done for a change instead of
me nagging him; so after more thought and reorganizing I made the decision to go ahead and go back
to school. My grandson and children agreed that they would help me with whatever needed done to
make it easier for me to study. Just a few months into starting school the bottom fell out of the bag. I
got sick and could not do much of anything for about six to...