Returning to School at the Age of 49
Making the decision to go back to at the age of 49 was a tough decision. There are many different reasons for making such a commitment. I chose the field of education because of my love for technology. I mainly am focusing on Networking, Server and working with the physical aspects of the computer. I have been working with computers for about ten years. I started just because of the fact I didn’t want to pay someone to fix my computer when I felt I could do it myself. My first experience was when I purchased my first computer, and I needed a new hard drive. I bought one and attempted to put it in myself. I could not get it to work.
Frustrated and angry, I took it to Best Buy and had them install it. Fifty dollars later, I was told I had the cable backwards. This set the stage for a long and enriching love of computers. I seem to have a knack for it. It was amazing how I took to it. Everything I read, heard and experienced made sense to me. For the first time in my life, I felt like this was easy. I could remember it and apply it. I soon started to help others and was getting calls from people with computer questions. With the Internet at my disposal, I had a library of vast knowledge and resources.
It became so common place that my wife at the time, suggested I start charging people for my time. I soon had a small business running out of my basement and I named it “Key PC.” I still do computer work for my clients, but I closed shop officially a couple of years ago.
I am currently employed at a waste water treatment plant here in Madison, WI. I have been there nearly twenty years. I started as janitor, and worked my way up to Waste Water Operator, (technician). “Every day is shitty.” Sorry, little waste water humor. I work twelve hour days on a rotating schedule, (three days on, and three days off), 6:30 am to 6:30 pm. It is a swing shift, meaning..