I'm 23. I worked in a pet store for 4-1/2 years until I got a new job in January 2011. I worked through a temp agency and was promised to get hired in within 90 days. 11 months went by and I was "no longer needed" back in December. I panicked because I have bills to pay.
Well, my parents stepped in and helped me over the past 6 months. I was able to attend college to finish the last class I needed before being fully ready for the Nursing program at my local college.
I interviewed a few weeks ago with Fresenius Medical Care, a dialysis unit about 20 minutes from me. My mom used to manage this particular unit until 2009 when she went back to a floor nurse from management. A few months ago, she transferred from this unit, to one north of us. (Same company) The manager of this unit knew I had been trying to get in to FMC for years, but nothing ever took off. So she called my mom up and had me interview.
Long story short, I got the job. Thanks to the help of my mom and a great manager that is willing to take on a "young girl without experience". I couldn't even get in at a local hospital because they want at least 1 year experience or a certification which costs $10,000 for a CNA. When I can spend that and get a RN.
I don't see how to get experience when noone will hire you. Needless to say, it's been frustrating.
Oh well. Everything has worked out for a reason.
I will be a Patient Care Technician. I'll be in charge of putting patients on/taking patients off of dialysis machines. Cleaning machines, and all the other fascinating stuff that goes along with being a tech. It seems like a really great company to work for. I just hope I can live up to the standards that my mom has set (which are extremely high) and make her proud to have me working where she works.
I can't work in the same unit as her because of the family relations, but my mom is very well known in our area and everyone hears everything so if I do something good or bad, she'll hear about it...
We have 5 weeks of class. Monday-Thursday 8am-430pm is classes, and then Friday, we are in our unit for on the job training.
I'll have the best pay that I've ever had (a $3.50 raise from my previous job) and 401K, insurance (full medical, dental and vision) as well as paid time off, holiday pay and vacation pay. I've never had anything like this before so I'm super excited.
Also...After I work there a year, they will pay for your schooling. Yeah!