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   Posted 5/23/2012 2:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I just recently lost my job due to lay-offs and I'm trying to find another job, but I'm not sure what to look for. The only jobs I've ever done was retail (Wal-mart) and Teaching.
Whatever job I move on to has to be adapted for my issues. My former job was ideal for me but teaching jobs are few and far between right now. I'm on my own and have no kids or husband. My money will be running out in a couple of months and I'm going to apply for unemployment tomorrow. I need an income now.
I must be able to work inside without fluorescent lighting or have shielded lighting. I have to be able to sit down when fatigue hits. I can't do heavy lifting, bending over, or prolong standing/sitting due to Degenerative disk disease. Long time typing is a no-no due to carpal tunnel.
Anyone have any job ideas for an out of work teacher with lupus?

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   Posted 5/24/2012 6:49 AM (GMT -6)   
How bout moving to NC? Perfect weather (usually) We have about a month or two it become too hot, but usually very nicely seasoned. Oh and little snow ;)!

One thing I did do was go back to school (technicial school) and was working on getting my medical assistant certificate. This allows you to work in a dr's office usually of choice, or at hospital. You can be behind the counter (medical admin) or more with patients (medical assistance). I am still slwoly going back but not in a hurry to quickly as I have a few years before anything is final! Just a thought but had to represent NC for a moment too :)
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   Posted 5/24/2012 6:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm trying to stay near my eldery parents. They are by themselves and on a fixed income. I give them money every month to help them make ends meet. Without me they will lose their house.
I live in North breezes from the mountains...snows once a year...The heat doesn't bother me since I can't get out in the sun that much.

I found job openings in the next county over from me so I'm applying over there.(fingers crossed)

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   Posted 5/24/2012 8:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Joy,
      I wonder if you could do some curriculum development from home.  I am not sure how you go about doing this, but the county office might be able to help guide you.  Another possibility would be tutoring, either on your own or through an agency of some kind.  With tutoring, you could work out of your home or schedule appointments at the student's home (or the library).  The big plus would be being able to set your own schedule....and you would be working 1:1 with kids or doing small groups.  I had a friend who did this up in a small town in Oregon.  When parents found out she was a teacher, they snapped her up. She was able to build up her client base by word of mouth.  Some Charter Schools also offer after school tutoring.  That might be another place to check.
I am sending you some positive energy and keeping my fingers crossed for you!!

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   Posted 5/25/2012 12:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Tutoring is a possiblity... I've thought about starting an small tutoring center. I wonder if the Labor Department would give me tips on starting my own business? There's several small store fronts on the town square. They're owned by a former student's parent....
You've got me thinking! ;))
Get a on commission base....hmmmm....
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