Would You Like Some
Alphabet Soup with that Holiday Ham?
ISO? EDI? ASC X12? IDK! Taking my mentor’s advice, I began
to study the later chapters. One thing that I found out? There are a lot of
acronyms! That makes for good flashcards, but it also means committing quite a
bit to memory. I think I understand a bit of it, and my module 6 post test
score leads me to believe I do, but there are a lot of acronyms and formats to
I am not too technologically minded, so at times the
concepts are difficult to grasp about coding and formatting and how systems
feed into one another. These later chapters deal with writing policy and
procedure, risk management and technology in treasury. Policy and procedure
feel intuitive to me, as does most of risk management, so the hurdle I have in
module 6 will be the learning of the technology standards. There are so many
different formats and so many different ways to deliver the information; it can
feel a bit overwhelming when reading through the chapter.
I just returned from my mother’s home for the holidays, and
it was difficult to study. Compounding the commotion that is Christmas, my
nieces found out they were going to Disney World. Needless to say, utter chaos
reigned! Another unexpected thing I ran into was an instance of a family member
being unsupportive of my taking the CTP exam. My sister made a remark to me
about how she didn’t understand why I needed to spend time studying when I
could be spending time with her. It was an odd remark coming from a teacher,
but I think it encapsulates the frustration that inevitably comes when you are
a working person trying to add studying to an already full plate of family and
friends and job responsibilities. I had to brush it off; I know that there are
many others that support my efforts, like my husband. He is more than willing
to leave me alone today to go play video games while I am on PTO to study.
There is one more thing that came up last week that may
throw a wrench in my ability to study. A wonderful lady I work with received a
well-deserved promotion. I am thrilled for her. I also work closely with her,
so I have a feeling I will be covering a bit for her until a replacement is in
place. Adding to that issue is the fact that I would like to post for a
position that has become available due to this movement. I will hopefully be
interviewing for a new job within my group in the next few weeks as well. I
know it is a long shot, but no one ever regrets trying, so here goes!
I am done with module six for the time being, post test
taken and flashcards made. I need to finish module 3 and start/complete 4 and
5. I have exactly 4 weeks to go before exam day. I am looking forward to that
day nervously, but the more I get into it, the more confident I am becoming.