Jun. 3rd, 2017

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 I haven't felt much like posting lately.  The news from this corner is mostly all bad these days and who needs to read some depressing crap from someone who is just pixels on a screen?  There, you see what my head does to me when I'm depressed?  Argh. 

Anyway, I'm still unemployed and without health insurance, which sucks.  But my attorney filed my lawsuit yesterday in Federal Court, and that does not suck.  I had to come up with $500 for the filing fee, which was not a happy thing given the state of my finances these days, but it will be worth it.  I hope. 

Also on a more positive note, I have lined up a couple of freelance gigs, which should bring some money in.  Not a lot of money, but more than unemployment insurance provides.  One is a cool startup that is designing courses for middle and high school kids in leadership and entrepreneurship skills.  I personally think this is a really fabulous idea - kids come out of school with very little idea of how the world really works.  These courses will help with that.  I'll be writing lesson plans based on outlines I receive from my project leader.  Her name is Brittany and she's adorable.  I can put in my hours when I want to and do as much or as little in a week as I feel I can handle.  It will probably last for the summer, with a possibility for continuing into the Autumn, but I am hoping that I will have a full-time job by then.

I also got an offer for some freelance work from a friend of mine who is a bigwig at the worldwide certification association in my field.  We used to work together at my last company - we bonded strongly over our dislike of being wet and cold in Amsterdam - and she moved on to ACEDS, and brought along another friend of mine from the dreaded place.  So now both ladies are there and have set themselves up as my cheerleaders.  They have been promoting me to various companies, trying to get someone to hire me.  It was almost successful with a company in NJ, but they balked at my salary - for the moment.  There is a chance they will be ready for me in the fall.  We'll see.

Anyway, ACEDS offers training and a certification exam that is one of the standards in my industry.  It costs a lot of money to do this - $1500 just for the test and $700 for access to the training materials.  My friend there has arranged for me to get all of this for free.  She wants me to take and pass the test and then help ACEDS in making the tests more international.   Right now, it is very US centric and they would like to change this.  She will pay me $50 an hour for this work.

But I have to pass the test first.  Did I mention I am taking the test today?  145 questions, 4 hours allotted time.  I am very nervous.

Wish me luck.

(This is not cross-posting so I am just copying it over.)

I did it!!

Jun. 3rd, 2017 10:18 pm
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 I actually passed my test!!  It was long and difficult, but I did it!  I honestly did not think I was going to pass.  All through the test, as I responded to question after question, I kept thinking that I was going to fail, this was all for nothing, why was I bothering.  But then I finished - over an hour early - and I hit "Submit Test".  The wheel went round and round for a few seconds and then it came up "PASS".  I was astonished.  I still am, actually.  But there it was, in shining pixels on the screen.  I passed.

For those of you who are curious, the test I took was called CEDS certification.  It is given by ACEDS - Association of eDiscovery Specialists, which is a very influential group in my line of work.  The test is comprised of 145 questions and you get 4 hours to complete it.  It is really hard and most people don't pass it on their first try.  And a lot of people never try again - they get too discouraged.  So to pass it on the first go 'round was really exciting. Once I complete some paperwork, I will get to put CEDS after my name on professional stuff.  It's pretty cool.

This and the clear pathology report are the 2 best things to happen lately.


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