Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Question answered

The first real post on this blog was my "Unemployed or Retired?", a question no one, particularly me, knew the answer to. And it actually was more a relatively boring history of employment from 1969 until the end of 2007.
I have to be upfront about this. After I was fairly well recovered, say early in February, I very much enjoyed my role, which I viewed as "househusband", not some kind of life of leisure retired guy thing. Seriously. I looked forward to my workout, which I took very seriously. But then I did a whole load of household jobs. I vacuumed, cleaned toilets/bathrooms, did load after load of laundry, paid bills, worried about declining stock market, ran errands, you know, those things that normally create problems for people who work normal hours, like registering vehicles, dentist and doctor appointments.
But, it appears that I wasn't retired, just temporarily unemployed. I say that because I start my new job on May 1, next week. I am really hustling around, getting a bunch of things done- oil changed on both cars, new struts/shocks(yes, one of our cars has struts on the front, shocks on the back), and other odd jobs completed.
My new job appears to be quite interesting, and will have me interacting with far fewer felons. At least I'm assuming that is the case.
My new job is Academic Adviser for the Independent Study High School at the University of Nebraska. Kevin pointed out Saturday that we'll have the same employer, the University of Nebraska system. Although for some reason my title is not guidance counselor, that is what I'll be doing. I'll be the guidance counselor for over three thousand students around the world.
However, I'll never meet any of them in person. All my contact will be either on the phone, by letter, or via email. I'm guessing almost all of it will be email. I'll have the responsibility of evaluating transcripts, determining proper accreditation, and helping students choose the appropriate classes.
You may not be familiar with this school, unless you are Pam, who used to work there, or Emily, who interned there. This high school is fully accredited, is one of the oldest of its type in the nation, and has catered to a specific clientele since 1929, not that that specific clientele hasn't changed throughout the years. There weren't actually a large number of home-schooled students back then, but now that group makes up a noticeable number of our students. We also have students who are national level sports talents, or entertainers. We get children of diplomats whose post does not include an English speaking high school. I don't think it is classified information(I knew this before I interviewed), but both Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears are graduates of our high school. There is a long tradition of both athletes and entertainers who don't really have time for "regular" school to take our classes.
Of course, the delivery methods have changed over the years, with online opportunities beating out the old-fashioned correspondence by mail. There are no longer any full-time teachers on staff, although the skills of many people go into the curriculum design of the rather considerable list of classes, which, by the way, includes driver's education.
People who are not familiar with this school might think "diploma mill", but that is grossly unfair. The graduation requirements are as stiff as any high school, and the costs, while quite reasonable, are not what anyone would call cheap. It isn't like you can charge a couple hundred dollars and get a diploma in the mail. Our students make a regular thing out of attending elite universities and colleges.
It is important to realize I haven't started yet, may hate my little office and hundreds of daily emails, but from my current perspective, it is hard to think of a better job for me at this juncture in my life. I visited this week, and everybody seemed so nice, and excited for me to start, not that I'm sure what that means. No doubt there will be more later.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think it's a riot that of the six people who read this blog, three of them work or have worked at the University of Nebraska Independent Study High School.