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Posted: 12/24/2005 1:54:39 PM EDT
Thinking I might want to start a new career. Not sure what yet... Thought maybe hearing what you guys do or might like to do would give me some ideas... So get started.
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 1:56:41 PM EDT
It would help if we knew what your current career is.
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 1:59:24 PM EDT
I would like to be a career Lottery winner!!!!!
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 2:00:00 PM EDT
I work in management for United Package Smashers.

Don't really like it terribly much but my home town is growing like a weed so I probably have some opportunities for advancement while the town grows and so does the local facility.

However, my dream job is getting to work in a place like Crane or small arms development. Years ago I probably should have just enlisted in the military and gone to work in the armory rebuilding guns to include everything under the moon.
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 2:01:20 PM EDT
Class III FFL dealer/manufacturer!
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 2:01:34 PM EDT
Printing press mechanic, as well as Packaging equipment, welder, electrician, pipe fitter....and other duties as assigned.
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 2:01:42 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/24/2005 2:02:20 PM EDT by wetidlerjr]
1. Railraod Construction Gang Signalman
2. Retired (In two years.)
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 2:05:28 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/24/2005 2:29:03 PM EDT by Jarhead_22]
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 2:06:38 PM EDT
Security here.

Somtimes consultant, sometimes supervisor.

We're a niche company that handles strikes, high risk terms, executive protection,
facility closures/downsizes etc.

I don't reccomend it.

Find a job you like and stick with it as long as you can, but, never stop diversifying.

Take it from me.

If you think you're not replaceable, you're kidding yourself.
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 2:08:35 PM EDT
... I'm in the career field I wanted to be in. Considering perhaps doing some investing on the side to lay the groundwork for an early retirement. But I'm still enjoying my work, so I guess I'll stay as long as they want me.
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 2:16:56 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/24/2005 2:18:30 PM EDT by USMC2111]
Just did the career change myself. Went from medical device manufaturing/distribution to finance(brokerage). Charlotte is a finance and banking town, so when in Rome.....

Going back to school next fall for a masters, probably in business. Hard to be over-educated these days.

Semper Fi

PS, I'm amazed at how many people I now work with that had good jobs (50k+), and have had to hit the career reset button.
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 2:19:58 PM EDT
My occupation's have included the following: Wars Fought - Bridges blown-up - Manure and nails salesman - Tiger tamer - orgy organizer - brawl instigater - Barn raiser - Tractor operator - Commerical net fisherman - Charter Boat captain - Medical lab technician - Concrete block layer - Blue crab business - Husband to three wifes. Now I do a little Home remodeling. It's all work. just don't spend too much of your life doing the same thing. You'll miss out on many different experiences.............. Memories are what lifes is all about........
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 2:24:53 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/24/2005 2:25:34 PM EDT by migradog]
Currently Dept. of Homeland Security Officer.
considering being a Wal-Mart Greeter.
Same basic job. (until the Goverment gets tough)
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 8:58:15 PM EDT
Deputy United States Marshal

A little over 20 years after 8 years as a police officer. (I am 51 years old)

Retired in November of 2005.

Currently between jobs.

Looking into private investigation/security consultation
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 8:59:39 PM EDT
I work in internet support.

I dont have a carreer

I dont know what Im doing or what I want to do with my life.
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 9:01:17 PM EDT
I love my job, but its not a career.

If I had a life do-over, I'd get into law.
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 9:04:41 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/24/2005 9:05:03 PM EDT by dpmmn]
Fabrication Operator/ Press Brake

I should have stayed in the Navy, I would have been retired by now
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 9:07:48 PM EDT
Cat inspector/fixer.
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 9:19:12 PM EDT
Master HVAC/journeyman plumber/journeyman electrician/wood butcher, out on disability for 7 years. I ran outside service for most of 20 years, thoroughy enjoyed the freedom and variety.

Given a do-over, I would have gone to Rhodesia in 1976 and joined the Rhodesian Army.

I seem to have a talent as in instructor, so perhaps a Master's or PhD in history and teach for a small college would have been an alternate.

There is no substitute for a BT, DT life. Do what makes you happy.

Link Posted: 12/24/2005 9:24:21 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/24/2005 9:27:29 PM EDT by Andreuha]
Going into finance industry, looking at i'banking, will probably (hopefully!) end up at a hedgefund coming out of college.

I wanted to be an engineer growing up, and that something I'm really, really good at. Would love to be in the aerospace (defense side), doing R&D work on A&P. Something I'm really, really good at, and love, just too bad the pay is dismal and I'd rather one day hopefully fund the R&D I'd be taking part in had I gone the engineering route.
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 9:30:08 PM EDT
Air Force pilot.
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 9:31:28 PM EDT
Respiratory Therapist in a Childrens Hospital, I like my job and I am glad I picked it as a career about the only thing I would like to do is go back to school and work in Sports Medicine.
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 9:32:23 PM EDT
I'm an Electrical Technician my main job is soldering space flight quality PCBs for satellite instrumentation. It’s a government job, so the pay sucks but I get to tell people I build stuff that goes into space.

I suppose a good alternate career would be wandering swordsman.
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 9:38:29 PM EDT
I'm currently a cabinetmaker (Shop owner), but I'd like to join one of those Roving Death Squads the DU-ers say that Bush is going to deploy soon.
I might enjoy that line of work.
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 9:44:27 PM EDT

Originally Posted By fizassist:
It would help if we knew what your current career is.

Team Member Bronze Contributor
Ferret Killer

Joined :: May 2004
Post Number :: 884


He did say. Ya gotsta read.
Don't feel bad, I didn't know it was a career either.
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 9:46:46 PM EDT
Im a helicopter mechanic, I wish Id have picked something like Cav Scout or Forward Observer, maybe Combat Engineer so I could go to Sapper School. Fucking pogue jobs suck, and by the time I get a chance to reclass Ill already be halfway to retirement.
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 10:13:27 PM EDT
I'm curerently a Customer Service Drone and I hate it. Thats why I'm going to school at school (MMI) to get my factory certification as a Harley Davidison technician.

Hopefully after a few years at a dealership. I'll open my own shop
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 1:35:35 AM EDT
Scout pilot / cavalryman / staff officer / war planner. Would consider a career with any LE agency that would have me, but only after the 20 year mark... Other options would be defense contractor or schoolhouse instructor.
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 1:43:00 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 1:48:17 AM EDT
Considering a few different options...

Would like to be SWAT/SRT one day, or something like Secret Service/DS and be PSD, or maybe a high school teacher....

I think being an Apache pilot/gunner would be cool too...
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 2:03:51 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/25/2005 2:06:07 AM EDT by TheOtherDave]
Tool and die maker, composite mold maker, 15 years

Wish I woud have joined the service and think about it alot now that I am getting to the age limit for going in. Can't complain too much as my trade has done well for me most of my career, it's just hard to leave now and leave a good company hanging in the wind to cover my space and hold my job for me.

ETA: "Romantic" visions of me being an over-the-road-truck-driver have been playing in my head too. I'd be home about as often, the pay would be only 10k/yr less, but I wouldn't have to deal with anybody's bullshit in my workspace but other drivers and lazy hi-lo operators.

Link Posted: 12/25/2005 2:56:37 AM EDT
Tool and Die Maker since 1988. Earned my card in 1999.

Worked at a power plant for a whle and HATED it. I didn't make anyting, just check things and clean up coal dust and ash.

About the only other thing that has appeal to me now is othopeidics.
But at this point I need to care for my 5&6 yo children so it will b the same thing for at least another 10 years.

Could be worse, I could be working with somallis
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 3:00:47 AM EDT
Capt Firefighter/Paramedic -- This is what I wanted to be. If I had to choose something else it would be Texas Dept of Public Safety (highway patrol) or Game Warden
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 3:07:12 AM EDT
Locomotive Engineer...use to work in CATV..... given a do over...I'd take CATV.... then again when your a kid Locomotive Engineer is certainly in the top 5 "what I want to do when I grow up"
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 3:18:32 AM EDT
Printing press operator. Wish I had been a forest ranger.
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 3:27:01 AM EDT
Current job: None.

Current Career: Quality Engineer/Manager in Medical Device Industry. I like it.

Possible Alternates: Defense contractors.

I'll be able to update "Current Job" in a few weeks.

I hope....
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 3:51:53 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/25/2005 4:15:44 AM EDT by LWilde]
Retired Navy. First enlisted then officer. I did 28 years. Long...hard career on destroyers. Some times were tough...but overall, we had a good time. My missus and I still remember the fun times. We made friends for life. Takes a certain sort of woman to stick by you though.

DoD defense contractor after I retired, then university faculty...now DoD consultant.

I'm thinking about becoming a volunteer at our hospital or maybe doing some teaching part time.

Life has had some strange turns for me...since I left home at seventeen and joined up.

IF this was forty years ago...I'd join up again and get into one of the Army or Marine Corps combat arms...probaby tanks. I'd like blowing shit up and whacking BGs. I agree with Wave. Join up or become a cop. Serve your country and your community. You won't be sorry.
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 4:08:58 AM EDT
My old career was Security. Wanted to become a cop to 'make a difference' but after 10 years or so in security, I decided it wasn't what I wanted to do.

I'm an Electronics Tech right now. I like it I suppose, but at the end of the day I don't care too much.
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 4:11:50 AM EDT
Current Job: Detective Sergeant assigned to an FBI Task Force, Prior S.W.A.T., considering going into K9 and back on the S.W.A.T. team.

Prior Job: 6 years in the Army

If I had it to do all over again: Anything else. Because of the politics and the liberals, caring about this job is making me old before my time.
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 4:22:21 AM EDT
If I could go back I'd try to weasle my way into an engineering job building bombs or other weapons.
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 4:23:36 AM EDT
Current Career: Student (Community college now, Hillsdale College next fall)
Future Career: Constitutional Law/Politics (unfortunately they seem to be one and the same these days)
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 4:58:50 AM EDT
21 years at the same company selling HVAC parts and controls.
started at age 14.
sounds boring but its a real family atmosphere and thats rare these days.
get a months vacation, and enough money to buy lots of black rifles.
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 5:19:57 AM EDT
used to be a Honeymoon souite web-cam operator, now i'm just a door to door Gynocologist.
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 5:54:51 AM EDT
HVAC industry,gas fitter,oil burner mechanic and going thru to become sheet metal worker
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 6:13:42 AM EDT

I'd have to go to law/med school to earn more money than I do now.
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 6:28:37 AM EDT
Security guard right now, and for way too long. It was just an easy job that I took when I got out of the active army until I could figure out what I wanted to do with my life. Actually I knew, but I got out of the Army for my wife.
I'm thinking of getting into nursing. Once I can get a steady night shift at a site that pays an ok amount, I plan on going to one of the community colleges for the 2 year ASN (still an RN, just a two year degree instead of the 4 year BSN). I'll get the BSN at some point, but I want to just start with the ASN.
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 6:49:52 AM EDT
8.5 years Army,1985-1993 (Infantry first then Helo/Fixed wing pilot), 12 years Law Enforcement (City Cop, County Cop, State Trooper), SWAT Operator for 5 years, Field Training officer, General Instructor, Firearms Instructor, and Primary CQB Instructor.

Been wearing a uniform almost my entire adult life (except college). Never made alot of money, but I provide a decent life for my family and when I lay down to sleep I never wonder if I have made a difference.

If I hade it to do over, I would have stayed Infantry and out of Aviation. When Special Forces became a branch, I tried to branch transfer, but couldn't get Aviation branch to release me. If that would have worked out, I would have stayed for 20 in the miitary.
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 6:50:20 AM EDT
My current job is unloading trucks at the local Wally World.

My career is as an aircraft mechanic

I am currently trying to get an apprenticeship as an electrician.
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 6:50:36 AM EDT
Janitor, think I will stick with that.
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 6:51:31 AM EDT

Originally Posted By DocBrooks:
Thinking I might want to start a new career. Not sure what yet... Thought maybe hearing what you guys do or might like to do would give me some ideas... So get started.

Pimpin aint Easy
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 6:52:02 AM EDT
I am an electrician.

I should have stayed in school.
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