As most of you know, at the end of May 2019, I, as well as several other contractors, lost my job at California Resources Corporation. This was especially a shock to the system for myself considering it was less than two years ago where I found myself unemployed after having to shut down my business.
After months of conversations with family, friends, and mentors as well as applying to as many jobs as possible, I came to a conclusion: there are just too many things people have to look past while trying to hire me.
- Cerebral Palsy
- The lack of ability to drive
- I do not have my degree
Only one of those three obstacles are in my power to eliminate. The degree. Those who have known me, know that I have never been a "school type of person". I've always enjoyed working far more than school and somewhat naively thought my professional experience would fill the gap the lack of a degree left in my resume. I was wrong.
So, starting in January, I will be returning to college in pursuit of my Computer Science degree in addition to multiple IT-related certifications. During this time, I do not plan on putting my career on hold completely, however, obtaining my degree as well as certifications will have to take precedence over my career.
On a personal note, I am grateful this scenario has happened during a time where I am able to return to school and do not yet have the responsibilities and obligations of a family of my own.
This is our plan moving forward.