My Medical Assistant (Front Office) class (mentioned here, here, and here) ended today with a potluck and the awarding of certificates. There were a few special certificates.
The Happy Face Award went to the lady in the next row over who, even with her foot in one of those ugly medical boots because of tendon troubles, had an endlessly sunny disposition. Yes, sunnier than mine!
The Team Player Award went to two people, one on each half of the room. It wasn't intended to be a this-half/that-half kind of award. It just worked out that there was a helper on each side. I was one of the Team Players!
After class, I hung around to ask our Fearless Leader a couple questions, and then I got to talking to one of the ladies who had arrived for the next class. I asked her what she brought to her potluck, and she said Venetian Bread, which is a rolled-up pizza that looked like a regular loaf of fresh-baked bread.
I gave her my email address so she could send me the recipe, and she asked about what class I was finishing. During the course of our conversation she said she's a nurse working at a dermatologist's office, and they hire Medical Assistants who can do both front and back office work. I suggested that if they wanted a front-office-only assistant who could free up the other assistants to do more back-office work, I'm there for them, and she seemed to think that could be a good idea. And while I was saying that, my teacher (who was behind the nurse) gave me a thumbs-up signal. I'm encouraged.
Then when I got home later in the afternoon, there was a new message on my answering machine (no, it couldn't have been the nurse, because I didn't give her my phone number). It was the city calling to ask me if I might want to come in and interview for a job I interviewed for back in August. They have another opening, and I had the second highest score on the exam from before. I'll call them tomorrow and say yes.
I hadn't been looking very hard for a job while I was in school, because it was a day class, and a temp day job would interfere. But now that it's over, I'll be looking everywhere I can think of, medical or not. We'll have to wait and see who wins the prize of being able to hire the Team Player Award winner for Teams 2 - 4.