Seriously, dudes, I really do update my Tumblr
a lot more than my LJ. I'd super duper hardcore love it if you came and found me over there if you have a Tumblr. Also, I have a Goodreads
that I update pretty damn frequently. Mkay, PSA over.
So, Meridan is in the middle of clinicals now for his pharmacy tech degree. He's on his last week at the hospital, and then he goes to the Safeway down the street for his retail stint. That'll be for all of August, and he then graduates September 1st. At that point, his license comes whenever the hell the Washington State Board of Whatever gets it sent out, maximum one month. So we're looking at an employable Meridoobs by October 1st at the latest. Likely earlier.
BUT. If he gets hired by a retail place beforehand (like at the Safeway during his clinicals - this happens to most of the kids in the program, apparently), he will be able to work as a pharmacy assistant until his license comes, seeing as how he's already got a pharmacy assistant license. He'd get paid a lot less, but meh.
The hospital he's at now is actually interested in hiring him as an on-call dude - at least the night staff wants him really badly. He's not really interested in working there, though - it's not a great hospital, it's a 20 minute drive away (making it a 2 hour bus ride away, yay for our awesome bus system!), and it pays way less than retail.
But the Safeway where he's headed.... oh, man. They pay NINETEEN dollars an hour. NINETEEN. That is literally $36,000 gross yearly. My fucking starting salary as a teacher will probably only be about 33 or 34 thousand a year. And that's after a bachelor's and a one to two year certification program. God, that's depressing when you write it all out like that.
Considering the fact that Meridan is only 25, he could easily do the tech thing for 5 years, go through pharmacy school, and still be a pharmacist making over 100k a year by 35 years old. I'm having one of those 'why am I even bothering with teaching WTF' moments now. It'll pass - I do realize that I need my own career and that I'm not housewife material, and that my salary won't be an issue, it's all about helping the children of tomorrow. Still... ugh. Fuck.
It's been a long, hard, shitty year. I'm not gonna lie to you. But now is the time where you can see the end of the road, and it looks damn good.
That being said, we are so poor it's crazy. My dad's helping out so much, but OMG. I just hope Meridan gets hired by the Safeway, cause it's the easiest and best outcome.