What mom wouldn't want to spend her days working in the comfort of her own home, never having to change out of her PJs (or even put any on for that matter), and making a monstrous chunk of cash while doing just that? I was only relishing in the American dream, after all. Looking at the photos of the young women at home relaxing on their couch in their pjs with their laptop - it all made me drool relentlessly, and I took the bait. Hook.Line.Sinker.
I returned home bright eyed and excited from a seminar held by the lovely folks at At Home Professions, with $500 worth of reading materials and CDs and a dream of becoming a highly paid MT (Medical Transcriptionist). After getting home I jumped online to do some research, and found out that even though AHP is an accredited school and ranked as A+ by the Better Business Bureau, many employers refuse to hire AHP graduates. Why? Obviously $2500 total isn't enough to pay for a do-it-yourself degree. You should have to pay much much more, and schools like The Andrews School and MTec are charging anywhere in excess of $4,000 or more for their programs. AHP's course materials cost $499 for each (there are 5 courses), but they allow you to pay in monthly payments of $55. Andrews and Mtec take monthly payments too, but at Andrews you have to have a $1,500 down payment, and at Mtec payments are made $500 at a time.
I'm almost reduced to tears, because I was so exited. After doing some online research though I realized that it may just be better to save my money than spend $2,500 that I don't even have (was charging to mum's card) on a program that can't even promise me a job, but more than likely can't even help me get one.
I'll probably cry myself to sleep tonight. Why is everything so flipping expensive? I need to MAKE some money not put up a second mortgage on the house to learn words like cardiac and \malacia. Shit. I guess I'm packing up my box of crap and sending it back to Colorado tomorrow. I will just have to hold off on my further education in order to get a higher quality one.
I must give Kudos to Valerie Pappas @ At-Home Professionals. This bubbly lady had me at "I'm not trying to sell you anything." Super saleslady. Give her a raise, or a cookie or something. Or better yet, let her pay my postage on this heap o' junk I'm sending back!
The Good News :: All of this heartache has made me want to do something to lift my spirits (and my page counter), so I'm spilling the details about my give-a-way tomorrow. Stay tuned.