11 October 2014
- Last edited 06 August 2015
I have different issues.
I am 55 years old. I am a Team Leader for a government agency and I’ve hit the glass ceiling created by not having a B.A.
I pay 130 million in claims each year, with my team of course.
The dark bullets indicate items I think might be worth something. First off I'm Canadian in Canada.
· I was a police officer. 11 years on the force. 77- 88 (I joined at 18!)
· I managed a hotel. Staff of 12
· Managed a multi million dollar farm. Staff varied from 5 – 15
· I’ve been an insurance adjuster 5 years
· Now I’m a team Leader in Public Insurance with a staff of 8 – 10 in Guelph Ontario.
· Along the way I have been a Director on three agricultural boards.
· I am still a Director on one where I run tribunals in a court room setting, acting as one of three judges on the panel.
· I help write the legal decisions for the board. To get this position I was appointed by the Premier (equivalent of Governor).
· Grade 13 Ontario. Grade 13 level doesn’t even exist any more.
· I have the Ontario Police College. Constables Course.
· A few years back I took and completed a college level course called “Principles and Practices of Insurance” but that was through the insurance institute of Ontario.
o I attended the Center of Forensic Sciences for three weeks in the 80’s becoming the youngest Breathalyzer Technician in Ontario. That was a long time ago!
o I studied Electronics in Winnipeg for six months becoming the adult student of the year. That was in the early 90’s.
· I am now completing my CIM (Certified in Management) comprised of some college courses and some courses I could only take through this Institute. Total 10 courses. Business law (Canadian of course), several Accounting courses, Economics, Communication etc.
o I took two University courses separated by 25 years or so. One Business and one …Wine Appreciation.
· I am about to attend a week long course that will give me a “Certificate in Adjudication for Tribunals Administrative Agencies” from Osgoode Hall, York University. (Dec 2014) This is the most prestigious law school in Canada but I’ll only be there for a week.
Given my long and storied life I am affectionately described as a ‘has-been’, as opposed to a ‘wanna-be’ as I’ve been just about everything, at one time or another. At least, I hope they mean it affectionately. I’m even trying to learn some French on my own while I commute.
So here is my problem. I had a job interview the other day. It was for “Adjudicator”. I’ve been one, I am one and I manage a team of those.
The interview lasted 3 minutes. The recruiter discovered that she had failed to notice I had no B.A. before setting up the interview.
How do I get a B.A. with all my experience and oddball education? I suspect at my age it would not matter if it was aligned with my career. A Bachelor’s in dance instruction would be better than nothing (Yes, I took a few classes of that too). Just kidding though. I need a business degree or general degree as long as it was a magical “B.A.” or "B.Sc." and preferable quickly and in expensively.
My questions to you are these….
1 - Which affordable school would give the most credit for my strange and storied work and educational history?
2 – Do I need some U.S, test results for admission? I’ve never even seen one of those as I am Canadian.
3 – How many courses am I likely to take? At $500 per this adds up and I have a teenager to put through University so she doesn’t end up in the same boat.
I hope that I have, at very least, entertained you. Have a great weekend and I look forward to hearing from you.