Tall Tina

first_imgTINA was eight feet two inches tall. She was born in a small village. Her parents were middle income earners and she was blessed with a kid brother and a ten year-old sister, three years younger than her. There was also Purfee, a little cat given to Tina by her father who was once a general in the army. The father lost his job due to a national crisis and later found himself in the village, with his family.  They lived in a two-room house that contained few chairs, two beds and some kitchen stuff. Before settling in this village, the family traveled from one place to another because her father had become an agriculturalist, always looking for good soil. It meant change of schools for Tina and getting new friends which was not something hard for Tina when the family finally settled in the new village. Majority of the parents were low to middle income earners. As a result the students did not worry about wearing expensive clothes.  So it was but for Tina she was accustomed to wearing tee-shirts, jeans and sneakers for school and was always in a hurry to tell her friends how she climbed one of the tallest trees during the day or how she went fishing with boys and caught the biggest fish.  “Honey, another great opportunity has come,” her father said to her as they ate supper one evening. “What’s it?” Tina asked. “I’ve been called back to the army and that means going back to the city.” “Really?” “Of course,” her father said, “and we are leaving a day or two from now.” Just as almost everyone, especially kids cannot wait or even sleep on Christmas Eve, so was Tina who could not wait to find herself in an environment that was full of almost all the most talked about things, (zoo, skyscrapers, parks, popular schools and others.)  The next morning, Tina asked her father, “What hour will the camp motor arrive?” “Maybe 7:00a.m.” “How big is the camp motor?” “Like a 40 feet container.” “Can it take all the big things we have here?” “Did you say big things?” her father said.  Tina replied, “Oh, I forgot, we’ve just few things here but daddy are we to forget about our garden?”SCHOOL was about to start and parents took their children for shopping. Tina’s parents too took her to shop for her usual wearing.  THE first day of school seemed to be the worse day ever in the life of ‘little’ Tina as she was always called by her father.  Entering the school’s fence, she stood and observed for a while and all she could see were girls wearing mini dresses, high heel shoes, purses and handbags, nails painted red and so on.   These were all teenagers like me, she thought. And just as everyone turned to look at Tina, who was standing above everyone, they shouted, “Tall Tina.”   Tina wondered how they knew her name.  She tried not to faint which she actually wanted to. She could not stand her blue jeans, tee-shirt; her low cut hair and flat chest that looked like a billboard as compared to those students.   Tina felt out of place and wished she could have just evaporated into thin air and not be seen anymore. No student could learn in the class that day, for she felt eyes were teasing her.   During the class introduction, Tina who wanted to lie about everything could not do it when she introduced herself and called her name. The whole class went wide with laughter.  At home she told her parents about her experience and concluded that she did not want to return to the school. However, they encouraged her. “Whatever career that is in a person is within and can only come out by the persons’ determination to make the best of herself.” Afterwards Tina realized she did not care anymore about being described as ‘Tall Tina’ or just a straight structure.  She did not care.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Donegal man finds a fulfilling career in healthcare with Donegal ETB

first_imgAs the ETB launch their latest diverse range of courses for 2018, Donegal Daily in conjunction with the ETB present a profile of learners who have successfully graduated from one of the many training programmes ETB has to offer.This week Donegal Daily spoke with John Mc Glynn from Letterkenny, who has set out on a new and fulfilling career path in Healthcare.John has been enjoying his rewarding work as a PA and care assistant for the past year since he qualified in Healthcare Support. John, now in his early 50s, worked in Insurance for over 30 years before the business was sold and he took redundancy. He decided to pursue an entirely new path when he enrolled with Donegal ETB“I fancied a change,” John tells Donegal Daily, “I saw that course and I went for it. I was a bit unsure in the first few days but I soon settled in and enjoyed the learning and I made great friends.”Nine months later, John qualified with a QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) Level 5 Award which gave him the essential foundations to work in the healthcare sector.The ETB is known for helping people step up to new levels of employment, and John was no different. His work placement providers at Brentwood Manor Nursing Home offered to keep him on, so he had a new job to begin before he had even finished the programme. “I like my work, it’s very rewarding. I work part-time in the dementia unit at Brentwood. I wanted to experience different parts of healthcare so I started six months ago as a PA with the Irish Wheelchair Association as well,” John said.It may be a completely new career path for the former insurance man, but medical work was always in John’s blood as his mother and father were both nurses.John studied over 10 modules at the Letterkenny Training Centre, including anatomy, physiology, human growth and development, care of the older person, first aid, patient handling and more.The work experience was one of the most beneficial elements, John said: “You learn a lot in work experience. I did 300 days and in that time I put my training into good practice. In fact, most of my class got work from their placements.”John said he would recommend the course to anyone considering work as a carer:“I found the course good and the tutors were excellent. Definitely give it a go, and if you’re older it might be daunting going back to school but you’ll soon settle in. “It’s nine months of a lot of assignments and hard work but, if you’re prepared to do it, it’s well worth it. There is a good sense of satisfaction when you complete it.“One thing you do need before you start is empathy – and that can’t be taught.”John completed a mix of written and practical assignments to gain his qualification. Now, John is enjoying the daily rewards of caring for others, while he has a range of possibilities before him and a thirst for more experience:“You need that QQI Level 5 Award to get started. Now that I have it, I might diversify into some other aspect of healthcare in the future.”Discover more about the Healthcare Support programme with Donegal ETB in Gweedore which is starting on the 26th of February, also available in Letterkenny and Greencastle by visiting www.donegaletb.ie For further information on these programmes and others contact Bridin on  074-9120542Email for course inquiries: coursesdonegaltc@donegaletb.iewww.donegaletb.ieDonegal man finds a fulfilling career in healthcare with Donegal ETB was last modified: January 19th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessCareerDonegal ETBeducation trainingEmploymentHealthcarejobsskillslast_img read more