Staying In TouchI said this in my blog back on March 2011 and I will say it again, I love living in Spain but it worries me now quite how many years behind this country is with so many things. This didn’t particularly concern me before now as I thought I would never see the day where I would consider moving back to the UK but having had a child out here and thinking about his future that may well be a possibility in the years to come. Should that day ever come it would be a tough call but the one thing I wouldn’t have to worry about is taking my job as a transcriber for McGowan Transcriptions with me. Digital dictation transcription is now completely mobile and so I can do my job absolutely anywhere in the world. We are truly a global transcription company with a workforce and client base stretching from Acton to Australia.
In the news last week it was reported that 60% of young people here are unemployed. My son is only nine months old and whilst it will be a while before I pack him off to school for the day I already have some concerns about the opportunities he will have throughout his school years. I am amazed at the amount of after school clubs and lessons that my brother’s children go to in the UK. I have absolutely no idea where Spanish parents hide their children after school but there are no such clubs or the like out here that I’m aware of and yet we certainly don’t have gangs of children hanging around on street corners. So, just in case that day should ever come ‘mummy’ feels the need to stay in touch with what’s going on in the UK and without my job at McGowan Transcriptions I feel I would fail miserably in this.
I reckon that Spain is at least ten years, if not more, behind in terms of its fashion, its music and the products on offer on our supermarket shelves. Most of the time I just don’t know what’s going on in the UK and what new products are about to hit your shelves. I watch the UK news every day, which of late is just full of doom and gloom, but I am reminded just how out of touch I am on a regular basis. For example, last summer I had no idea that Fifty Shades of Grey was even a book, least of all that it made for apparently compelling reading for most of the women in the UK. That was until I sneaked a look at my sister’s copy of it when she was out here last year and then promptly ordered the whole trilogy to be delivered by express post from Amazon.
I was left agog when my friends brought out one of the very first tablets a couple of years back but was too embarrassed to ask what it actually was. I have no idea what the difference is between the new iPhone 5 and versions 1, 2, 3 and 4; have there been in fact that many versions? I watch TV ads for the new Nokia Lumia and Microsoft Surface and it makes my head spin. I couldn’t tell you what’s number one in the music charts and who the latest band of the moment is. So all in all, most days I feel like my Nan in terms of her awareness of what was going on in the big wide world as she got towards her later years, God rest her soul.
However, there is help at hand. The transcription process by its very nature means a very in-depth discussion into the topic at hand, whether it’s a one-to-one or group session, so when I get to the end of an audio file I feel well informed on the subject. Over the years working with Joe I have learnt about many subjects and continue to do so on a daily basis. I know about recent government reforms in relation to childcare, which may come in handy in the future (see above) and the latest prison educational regimes, which I hope certainly won’t! I know about certain charities in the UK that are working hard to make sure that our parents don’t become the forgotten generation and that refugees receive the help they’re entitled to. I can talk about SIP technology and Voice over IP solutions until the cows come home and I know about recent developments in relation to the treatment of Type II diabetes. I’m also closely watching our supermarket shelves to see if any of the new products that we’ve worked on of late, from yummy cereals to a skin cream that is going to make me look ten years younger (apparently) will ever reach this part of the world.
I would have none of this knowledge without my job as a transcriber with McGowan Transcriptions, so thank you to all our clients and especially to Joe for helping me stay in touch and not get old before my time.
Blog written by Julia Page