The school I want to apply to for my Life Skills training is Rhodes Wellness College. I have researched all the local schools and it is the only one that is consistently recommended by people in the field plus it offers exactly what I am looking for.
I am not sure the government will agree with my choice because it is Life Skills focussed and not “Support Worker” focussed. Life skills is a relatively new concept, support worker is what “they” tell me I should be taking but the school programs teaching support worker focus a lot on personal care aid type support and that is not what I want to get into. I am not physically able to assist people in bathing, doing house work and that sort of thing, plus; as much as I think it is an admirable career for people who want to help other people live a fuller life, it is not what I want to do.
I want to work with either victims of abuse or work in preventing domestic abuse. I realize that I might not get a job working with survivors of abuse immediately out of the gate and might have to work as a social worker or counselor in some other capacity until there is an opening in a shelter or whatever but I want to make sure that the education I get is going to get me the job I want.
Rhodes Wellness College offers a comprehensive course teaching not only life skills coaching but also counseling, because many times they do overlap. Rhodes offers certificate courses which are shorter and cheaper but I want to go for the Life Coach Diploma course which includes Life Skills Coaching, Basic Counseling, Sexual Abuse and Trauma Counseling, Youth Counseling, plus has a Business Development section for those who want to be self-employed and a practicum of 100 hours. By the end of the course I will meet the requirements to become certified by the International Coaching Federation and be qualified to teach Life Skills classes myself, hold seminars or work in many different capacities in the following fields;
Life skills Coach Group Home worker
Recovery House Transition House Native Youth worker Mental Health worker Group Facilitator Community Developer Program Developer Social Services Contractor
Holistic Counselor Employment Counselor Family Counselor Youth counselor Outreach Counselor Corrections worker Motivational Speaker
When I think about the possibilities I get so excited yet there is a part of me holding back, afraid to even apply for the funding because I am afraid they will say no and then I will be so very disappointed and really don’t know what I would do. I believe I can do the course and I believe I can do any job I set my mind to and I know I want to work in a field where I help others. I want to enhance the knowledge I gained through my experiences in an abusive relationship, with a formal education which would allow me to do some awesome work raising awareness, preventing abuse and helping victims get back on their feet and find peace and happiness in their lives again. I want to help women become all they are meant to be and empower women to realize their worth believe in themselves.
This course gives me the flexibility to move geographical areas, change careers without needing more education but leaves a lot of room to further my education by taking additional courses later, if I find I am burning out in one area of I can switch what field I work in or become self-employed, it will allow me to work past 64, (it is the one career where a person can enter it at 56 yrs old and not feel they have missed the boat.) Being older might even be considered an asset because the person has more life experience.
Now we come to the favor I want to ask. I need two reference letters for the government from people who know me and feel I deserve and would make good use of a new education PLUS I also need
“3 Character Reference Letters (Reference letters can be from employers, colleagues, teachers, friends, or family. Letters are to speak of your character, how they know you, and why your reference would recommend you to our college).”
I have a close girl friend I have asked to write a letter for me and my son is writing one but I am hoping someone here would write one for me. Any of my past employers don’t even know me any more, I was self-employed for so long, I am not the person I was 15 years ago and the jobs I did were not related in any way to this career path. I have testimonials that I plan to put in my package but a personal letter with a date and signature is what they are looking for.
If anyone is willing to write-up a short letter of recommendation I will be forever grateful. It can be emailed to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will need them asap, as I have to be accepted to the school before I can even submit my application for funding. Thank you all and keep your fingers crossed, prayers coming and positive thoughts coming my way Please!!