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grad gifts

Posted By: Prairie Pauper on 2006-07-10
In Reply to: Graduation gifts - Mary Franciscus

I think that it varies throughout the country and the circumstances.


My husband and I are on a budget so we don't spend much.  For his great-nieces and nephews, we send a card with gift certificates for fast food restaurants and it is for 5 bucks.  Might not sound like much to many but they seem to appreciate it and we feel better not breaking the bank.  He has a huge family and to do more would be tough.

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Check the grad board, if you are indeed a grad . . .

There is a thread titled, "RMT/CMT Review classes" posted by Susan.  You are right in that the guide is $49.95, but there IS a fee for the actual classes.  It's just discounted if you're a grad.

So, argue all you want, but it's all right there in that thread.  Perhaps you had one of the "free registration" codes.  There were a few available.  Otherwise, it is $50 for a grad. 

as a new grad

I really feel you should work for a company *in their office* and get at least two years of experience before you try to wing it on your own.

MT-grad-job hunting-need help!

Hi Everyone,

Recent grad here and an option after grad was to train with Scribes(a company that has an account set up with the school-Canscribe,to allow students to transcribe reports which get passed on to Editor for screening and feedback. Basically like you are on probation until they tell you that you no longer need it, but you are not paid, it is just training. I was just on my 3rd day when I was told that there was an aquisition pending and the training was on hold till furthr notice and to feel free to seek employment.   I have been reading  a lot on this forum about companies the school has recommended I apply to, such as Medquist, Spheris. I am confused and scared. Please guide me in the right direction to avoid a bad experience. What companies will give recent grads a chance? Appreciate any advice.


Grad needs advice


Recent grad here on a job search. I am learning so much from this forum about MT companies. I live in Ontario and wish to MT from home. Does anyone know who is likely to hire-who is good to work for if you are a recent grad that will provide you with support/QA screening-who NOT to work for ect....Please let me know and thanks so much!


Just was at a grad party and met one of my former MDs


...or be a grad of M-TEC or Andrews.
new grad of a big 3 school

Hello, I am a new grad of the Everett Community College program which partners with Career Step.

I posted my resume and got a response from a company that expected me to drop everything at dinner time to do their timed test (I emailed them back at 6 pm Pacific time saying I would be happy to do their timed test, that I would check my email the next morning at 9 am and have the test back to them by 10 am). I got a reply saying first come first served and nothing since then.

Maybe I don't want to work for a company like this anyway!  : ( When someone says jump, I am not going to say how high. I graduated from an excellent program, and I am not a desparate mom with 3 kids at home who will jump through hoops to work from home (I have no kids yet - learned MT to be well-prepared before we choose to do that). The pay was 7 cpl and they refused to give me details such as IC vs stat employee vs employee pay, and benefits.

Um, you aren't a grad yet, I see . . .

having just turned in your PE today.  Once you have officially graduated and have access to the Grad Forum, you will see there is indeed now a charge for the RMT/CMT classes.

Good luck with your PE, and I'll see you on the *other side!*

grad. announcements, more info.
According to this website I do have the right idea.......

When to Send Announcements

If the announcement is being sent as an invitation to the ceremony and/or a graduation party, they should be sent out 10-14 days before the event. If it is just being used to announce the accomplishment of graduation, it is still proper to send it up to 14 days after the ceremony. -----am posting this in case the link below does not work----     http://parentingteens.about.com/cs/graduation/a/gradannounce.htm

Doesn't this just chap? A new MT grad is better than 15 yrs exp?

In the September 2006 Plexus Magazine for AAMT members and Student members, Dee Thomas of Thomas Transcription wrote a letter to the editor. Below is what particularly caught my eye. 

"Last week, I ased my staff a question: "Does anyone care about quality anymore?" You know how strong I am on doing it right the first time and proofing the line above. These days, I'd rather hire an M-Tec student with tech savvy than to hire an MT with 15 years' experience in a hospital environment because that's all she has -- a hospital environment that gave her absolutely no feedback or tech savvy for the future, which is now inevitably upon us. It's sad but true." 

High school grad announcements - pls sm
Hoping one of you moms have already been through this. How far in advance of the big day do you send out the announcements? Thank you.
I'm just starting out, new grad, and am getting 4cpl on full QA....

... I know it is a bit low, but I figure I need the experience and will take what I get for now.  When I'm off full QA my rate is supposed to go up.  I'm not making much at all, but the experience is invaluable.  Like I said though, I'm new to the industry and do not know what a fair/good rate is or used to be. 

I applied to a lot of companies and was told constantly that I needed experience to get a job.  I do wish they'd give new graduates more of a chance, but those of us with no experience have to take what we can get, maybe that is contributing to lower rates all around.

my son is a computer grad and told me not to get vista
on my new lap top.  i ordered direct from Toshiba with windows XP. 

Seems to me I always give to the accounts and my IC's and I do get a bonus from one of my accounts but I have yet to receive anything from my IC's but I am sure anything would be appreciated.   Even cookies or candy would be appreciated as I rarely have the time.




Good stuff <G>

I used to send bagel baskets and coffee
I'm 50ish and every year my older brother sends me a gift certificate for Victoria's Secret.  That way he doesn't have to worry about style, color, size, etc, and he knows I wouldn't normally shop there.   They have clothing, but also large assortment of perfumes, lotions, etc that are very nice.  Can't think of a single woman I know that would not like that.  It's a fun place to shop if you're not spending your "own" money....
I agree with something they wouldn't get for themselves. If you know shops near where they live, a manicure is always nice, I never do this for myself because I'm always on the computer and think I'm "not worth it" but boy, does it feel good and they're only $12 at the local shops popping up all over the place. Lotions are great but some "smells" bother people, have to be careful there. Local mall certificates are great, that way they can pick a store but if they have kids, they'll probably spend it on them. Good luck, what a nice brother you are! How about a nice scarf, they are in all prices and sizes.
yes. I have gotten a bonus from my company every christmas and I also sent a gift to the *office* last year for anyone who worked there. I don't know their personal home addresses, and probably don't want to, so just sent it to the office. I sent a combination of items from Popcorn Factorym but I am opting for chocolate this year! lol
Christmas gifts
I don't know your sisters, but if they are practical like I am, they might enjoy receiving a flowering plant (something to enjoy for months/years to come).
Also, with the price of gas as high as it is, a "gas card" would be nice. Or maybe a phone card for cell phone 'minutes'. How about a maid for a day? (I would love for someone to clean my windows for me.) Well now that you know what I want for Christmas, I will just sit back and wait . . . ;)
Girl gifts

Girls are so easy to shop for b/c we love everything! lol

Yes, bath & body works are great but if you are like me, then you already have a year's supply left over from previous gifts so i would actually pass on the bath sets.

I think that every girl, no matter what type of personality, loves being pampered at the spa. A nice massage or mani/pedi combo is best. I wouldn't give a facial though b/c some women don't like them (they are not good for sensitive skin) Or if you don't want to do the spa, how about a gift cert to her favorite hair salon?

Then of course, every gal loves any type of jewelry! Or if they already have a lot of jewelry, how about a new jewelry box or stand?

And don't forget technology! A new cell phone or a digi cam. Or if they already have both, new accessories for the phone or digi cam.

Want more ideas? How about a movie-themed gift? you could do a gift card for the local cinema, or buy some of their fav movies on DVD and include a small throw blanket & some microwave popcorn so they will have everthing they need to snuggle up this winter & watch a nice movie.

Then there are always gift cards to their fav restaurants, or you could get them tickets to a local theater show, or tickets to a wine-tasting event.  as i mentioned earlier, girls are easy to shop for! i am sure they will love anything you get them this holiday!

happy holiday shopping!!

We get gifts every year. sm
This year was a little candy jar full of goodies with the company name & logo on it. Not much but it is something.

For Xmas we got copies of the QuickLook Drug Book. Every year at least something.

No, I don't think MT week will go away - it is written into law and signed by Pres Reagan back in the 1980s.
Graduation gifts

What is the going rate for a graduation gift?  It is the granddaughter of an acquaintance of ours.

Outdoor gifts
Such as concrete statuary for flower beds.  Even a beautiful flowering shrub that celebrates every year with them.  Now is the time to plant shrubs and trees so that would be great if they have a home and not an apartment. 
Gifts to doctors
St. Jude's Childrens Hospital sends a nice card if you donate money in their name. I think it would make the doctor feel wonderful and you are doing a great thing, everyone benefits. That's what I think is a great gift for someone who is a professional. Look them up on the Web.
I also make many gifts throughout the year....
and spend alittle on the grandkids. This year I'm making a collage of pictures of my mom and dad (both deceased) for my sister, and my 3 sons. Friends get baked goodies and candies.

Grandkids will each get a toy (yes "A" toy), and a couple of small books (I'm the "Book Gran"). I'll make stocking for my 3 sons, my DIL and my 3 grandkids, just trinkets, etc that I find at the dollar store, and fruit and candies (like M&M's). And that's it.

Christmas isn't about GIFTS, its about love, hope, and faith.
Most industries do not gives gifts or bonuses...
I would be happy if I got something from my company, but I would not be upset it I didn't.
Shopping - yes, making gifts - no
I still have pictures to frame and pillows to finish sewing and stuffing.
Good for you for homemade gifts
I at least try to make my cards each year.  It's nice to put a little homemade into the holidays.  By the way, I'm done.
One of the greatest gifts I have are my parents.
My father is a very strong Christian man. He worked hard all our lives and provided a living well enough that allowed my mother to stay home with us.

He took us to church, structured rules for us as teenagers, and loved us fiercely.

As I grew up and got married, I found my husband to be completely incapable of providing for me as my father (and mother) did. While it left me confused for quite a while, I finally realized that no man was worth my time or energy unless he could take care of me as well as or better than my father did and that I do.

I am shocked and hurt at the number of stories I hear from others everywhere about their lack of a wonderful family and childhood.

Honestly, I feel like I am the most blessed person I know considering my family, my children, and where I am in life.

My father gave me strength, discipline, a love for truth and self responsibility, and most importantly the key to knowing God.

I think I would just note "no gifts please".
Nor would I ever suggest only money be given.

If this is Spheris, they said the gifts were held up in
MQ gave out some really extraordinary gifts!
Christmas bonuses/gifts

Two questions: Do you receive any Christmas bonus or gift from your company, and do you give your company or team leader anything?  I was just curious. This is my first year to be working at home, as I have always worked in-house.  That was always the "fun" of working in the hospital -- the gift exchanging and Christmas parties!!!


gifts of pounding the pavement with
After several months of debating, I want to get out there and see if I can acheive my goal of trying to get accounts of my own.  Does outdoes anyone have any cool ideas of little gifts to leave along with my cards at doctors offices? Thanks a bunch!   
Did they register for gifts at cerain places? That
To any ICs out there who send Christmas gifts to MTSO, see msg
I'm looking for a different idea than Harry and David.  Do you have any suggestions?  Thanks.
We're not mentioning gifts in the invitations...sm
but are trying to figure out how to handle it when people call/e-mail/write and ask about gifts and do so tactfully, even when we say "no gifts preferred."
Well, that's all folks. All gifts have been given. It's been a wild ride
URGENT REQUEST: An MT that we sent a box of gifts to did not receive the package.

It was delivered to their porch according to UPS but she did not get it.  It contained gifts for her children.  Because we did not put insurance on the package, UPS will do nothing to assist.  The box alone to ship had cost $45.00 and insurance would have cost another $25.00.  It is a sad story, but what it boils down to is that the kids won't have a Christmas.  All monies in the Santa's House for Christmas Angels fund have been dispersed through the Christmas Angel program.

So, I am here to ask for help.  I would like to raise $150 to $200 today if at all possible and for anyone who donates $10.00 or more to this special cause, I will give a software package that contains a word Expander and spellchecker that is worth over $100.00 for your trouble.  Donations can be made to sales@mtstars.com via Paypal.

Again, thank you for your consideration.


What's wrong with "no gifts please" and then if some DO give money or
We received some nice gifts and it was great just to be acknowledged for a job well done.
I hope appreciation never goes away..
My favorite gifts over the years were the homemade ones - congrats for having the energy

I think you sound self absorbed to feel you deserve gifts. Being a mother is selfless. nm
p.s. my clinics give me Bday gifts and bake stuff for me! I'm a skinny single girl and I guess th
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