2011 brought many changes, the sharpest of which was Oscar losing his job on April 15th. Now, seven months later he has completed five IT certifications, culminating in the CCNA cert he completed Thursday. The average student takes six months to complete even ONE of the five certifications he received in seven months total. To say I am proud is a vast understatement.
Over the summer he has developed relationships with more than 30 recruiters, all of whom told him they would have jobs he was suited for as soon as he obtained that CCNA cert.
Now this first month of 2012 he will send out his revised resume to those recruiters, as well as listing it on job sites like Monster, etc. The two local(ish) Michigan firms he most wants to work for also have job openings. He has already sent his resume to them.
His 2012 resolutions are 1. get a job he loves, 2. find us a new accessible home near that job 3. get us moved.
Of course I will have input into #s 2 and 3.
In addition I am helping coordinate a vast house declutter, we want to move as few things as possible.
This weekend Oscar sent out 2011 by discarding around 12 bags worth of outdated (15 year old at least) computer equipment, power bricks etc.
I spent yesterday sorting through all our cd media, discarding outmoded computer cds, gathering the music, and helping pack up 4 boxes for moving.
A few weeks ago we went through our clothes and donated about 30%, discarding another 10-20% (too worn to donate) to use for packing fragile items when the time comes.
Today and tomorrow will also be dedicated to decluttering.
Oscar's sister is coming down to help.
Our goal is to empty Oscar's study (the den previously filled with outmoded computer equipment) so we can use it to store the pre-packed boxes ready to be moved.
We realize that, best-case-scenario Oscar could be employed in as little as two weeks, so now is our best chance to really dig in and sort things out.
I am not able to help much, as I am confined mostly to my recliner (it will be grand to find that accessible home where I can use my powered wheelchair!) but I am pretty good at making battle plans . :-}