I'm a lecturer in a Further Education college. My subject is Computing and I teach BTEC level 3, A levels and Foundation Degree. My Students are mostly male 16-19. The Job involves being a social worker/parent/guide. I love Teaching but hate all the rubbish paper work we have to do to show we are doing the job "properly". You can either look like you doing the job on paper or do the job there isn't time to do both, is my experience.
PS it's Computing (programming, project management, sercurity, sysytems analysis,etc) not IT, so I don't teach MS Word or how to surf the net.
Very much the same in bedside nursing. Some days I feel like I've got a choice... I can either blow off the detailed paperwork and keep my patient alive or they can have a well documented death. When things start to hit the fan, you just don't have time to do both and then you have to go back and try to reconstruct what you did minute by minute knowing that your notes could be scrutinized in court if there is ever a problem. There is great reward when you can make an impact in a patient's life but the down side is the documentation.
Undertaker.................until recently; I didn't dig it anymore :).
Allan: its actually hard to say what my sister does:
she sells sea shells on the sea shore
On the Seychelles?
Vic, I like shells ;) , and yes, I was an undertaker and it was an interesting way of witnessing without Bible bashing (so to speak) to the ones that were left behind.
Before that I spent 25 years in what they used to call EDP ( Electronic Data Processing) now IT ; but loved the Networking side, but then had to write manuals and then teaching etc. Got sick of it and then work in disability support. I have done many jobs over the years.
I can see how the working as an undertaker would give you that opportunity but constantly being around people who are grieving could be draining. I know I come home exhausted after working with a dying patient and their family. It can be emotionally draining.
So true, as my wife does hospice work for the last few years, but she copes very well. But, you try and get people to remember their life not their death.
It's interesting but there is a bit of a relief when we finally transition to the point that families are ready to withdraw care. The dynamic is a bit different in my specialty because when you are given a certain diagnosis such as Cancer one of the questions that pops into a person's head is, "how long have I got?" But when you are diagnosed with heart disease I don't think it is viewed in the same terms. Also it can often be a process of acute events followed by a recovery, with each event chipping away a little more heart muscle, until an acute event is not followed by a recovery period and families are forced to make hard decisions. I often hear a family member say "oh he/she's been through this before". It is hard to have to explain that they are not going to bounce back this time because they no longer have the reserve. The tank is empty. Families have a hard time letting go and often the patients are on ventilators so they feel that by taking them off they are in a sense causing their death. One thing I've noticed through the years is that families with a strong faith often move through this with much more grace and acceptance. It is a blessing to watch a strong Christian in action!
Mom recently passed away, at 93, with a stroke that left her unconscious -- we were very glad that many years ago, when she was very healthy, told us, "no extreme measures, I am and will be ready to go!"; and recently, after some of those "little falls and gray-outs", and her perfect handwriting becoming erratic, she repeated the same, in no uncertain terms. So when it happened, and she lay in ICU, us four siblings were able to quickly decide by phone to stop the ventilator, delaying long enough to allow some of us to travel to the hospital. None of us felt second-guess remorse; we knew it was her time (this is in no disrespect to some families for whom the decision may be more complicated). I've preached and led music at the services for both Mom and Dad, and while speaking I'd suddenly get a little "mellow", but found a surprising joy in speaking out of the goodness of my wonderful parents.
Yesterday and today I also, as chief musician, made music and did sound for funerals. They were people I didn't know, but it helped me further process Mom's going home. And over the years, I've gotten to like funerals, in that you get to see a person's life -- what was good and noble and wonderful about an entire human life, often displayed pictorially with a video presentation and a song or two that expresses a main characteristic of their life.
I don't post very often but look at the site most days.
I am a Chartered Management Accountant by profession and work as the Diocesan Treasurer (in effect CFO or Director of Finance) for the Diocese of Rochester. So trying to make the C of E balance it's books....
The beauty of my job and my employer is I do get to lead worship on some occasions! And we always have musical worship when I put on my Treasurer Training for parish treasurers.
Its great that you can combine the 2!