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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-30-2006, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
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Looking for a career tip or two..

Hi again everyone, I've been just sorta lurking here lately and have't done much posting since the 3's been pretty much performing perfectly, knock on wood.. And sorry about the off-topicness but;


I've been working at my current place of employment for about 4 1/2 years and have come to the conclusion that it's time to make a career change to something that I can actually see myself doing for 25+ years while I'm still (sorta) young. I know a few of you guys on here are about my age (28) and are working in places I'd much rather be. It's hard searching for a career when you're my age and don't know what the heck you feel like doing, I feel like I'm 16 again which is pretty depressing since I certainly am not..

I've always been a plane freak so I've been looking at the Aviation Maintenance program at NSCC but don't know if I could find a job around here or not so I'm kinda wary of that. I'm also pretty good with computers compared to the average person but I'd have to learn more to do networking or whatever is on the job opportunity upswing as far as computer jobs in the area.

Any of you guys doing or know of jobs that the average person wouldn't think of but are a good idea to go back to school and learn? Computers, networking, or anything I mean, I'm having a really determined 'fork in the road' day here and am open to suggestions about what I should do if anyone's willing to offer anything.

Thanks for any help, again sorry for the off-topic post, I'm just looking for a bit of advice.

Thanks for any help all!

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-30-2006, 11:58 AM
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Re: Looking for a career tip or two..

Moved to the lounge - where everything is off topic! :-)

Anyway.... I'm 25 and in a similar situation. I'm actually in the computer industry, supporting the software development area of a large investment bank. I started realizing about half way through college that I was more interested in my liberal arts minor (American Politics) than my IT major. Since I was so far invested in the degree, I decided to stick with it, as it would be stable and definitely be able to pay the bills. I've been reasonably successful in my career so far - but it's just not satisfying. That being said, I've been analyzing my own future career goals and I've come up with the following ideas and plans:

1: Love what you do - note that this is not do what you love, since this is just the first step. Until the career change is complete and we're doing what will make us reasonably happy until retirement, we have to have a positive mindset of what we're currently doing. That way we can deal with the current situation and have a clear head in determining what we want to do. If you have a negative attitude and hate going to your job every day, you're more likely to fall into another line of work without the careful consideration needed.

2: Talk to everyone you know about their jobs. Have hobbies? Member of any clubs? Talk to other members and organizers about what they do, what they've done, and how they've gotten to their current place. By talking to like-minded individuals, you'll find more careers you might be very interested in, and more importantly you'll figure out how to make a realistic jump to that goal. I like wine - there happen to be a lot of local wineries here in Eastern PA, so I talk to all the wine makers and figure out how they got into it. Not a single one of them chose this as their first career- there are engineers, chemists, even an insurance salesman that all started their wineries well after they had an established career in another industry. There are countless stories like that!

3: Don't expect a fast transition, but hope for one! At this point in our lives, it's increasingly difficult to turn on a dime and try something new. We have car payments, mortgages, and other bills to take care of so it may be a challenge to get new training, look for a new job, AND still pay all the bills. While I'd love to start making wine next week, I know I need some more experience, training, even education to get over there. A nice transition would be to find a business analysis / project management role with a winery, but that's not likely. Doesn't mean I'm not looking for that opportunity! ;-)

As for specific suggestions for you - just from the tone of your post, it seems you're far more into planes than computers/networking. I actually know very few people who have a passion for the technology jobs out there. Most are great at what they do, and enjoy it, but it's a job for them. I'd suggest you look into the plane interest of yours. Unfortunately, I have no idea what to even suggest to explore the world of aviation, but there are small, local airports everywhere. You could hang out there and try to meet people and see what they do for a living - again, similar interests might lead to similar career choices! Careers in computing, depending where you end up working, can tend to be very consuming and not very rewarding. Personally, I feel that working in technology for a company that's main business is totally different, is not rewarding. It tends to be thankless and people only notice you when things go wrong. Sure, that can happen with other jobs - but also consider the difference between a cost center and a profit center. On the books, my area costs the firm money and doesn't make any, even though none of the profit centers could make the billions they do without us. Unfortunately, come recognition time, it's the profit centers that are center stage. Just a fact of life.

Good luck!



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post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-30-2006, 12:10 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Looking for a career tip or two..

Thanks zbox.

"Have hobbies? Member of any clubs?"

Funny thing is, I just finished emailing a guy that's in a local Railroad discussion group I'm in who happens to be employed with a local networking company. I'm going to contact a couple friends soon to see how they got involved with what they do. It's like you read my mind with the contacting people you 're in clubs with about their jobs thing..

Also after spending a couple hours looking at our local airport's (CYHZ) resident companies it seems that the best way to get your foot in the door in an aviation related job with them is to have an educated computer/networking background since most of the jobs open there are avionics related..

Thanks for the great advice, love your WB GT...
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Re: Looking for a career tip or two..

Just remember these simple words: "Yes, I will take off my clothes."

Seriously ...

If you think computer networking is a path you'd like to persue I'd recommend looking into network security. It's a part of the industry that many companies (even large ones) are still behind the times on and there is a good chance for continuing need in this area.

I actually was in a similar situation in my late 20's and I went back to school (adult education, nights and weekends) to get a second bachelors in Comp. Iino. It served me well. I got to try a lot of stuff in school that I would not have had the oportunity to do in industry and I was exposed to some basic fundamentals that have served me well. For me it was a second degree, so I only needed about 30 credits - took about 3 years part time.

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Re: Looking for a career tip or two..

If you are seriously thinking about computers, the ticket is to get experience. A degree helps, and will increase your earning power ... but the phrase you will hear the most is "we are really looking for someone with at least 2 years experience for this position, sorry."


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If you like airplanes, you can look into a career as a Air Traffic Controller.

I think the course is 4 months or something, and the pay is sweet.


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Re: Looking for a career tip or two..

Thanks for the advice all, I've gone from not having a clue to getting things really narrowed down in the space of a few hours, although I had to do a lot of wading through the 'net to get it done. I also wish I had put this much effort into deciding what I want to do 9 years ago, but live and learn I suppose, better now than in 2 years. I could get into the ATC thing but I'm trying to work locally if possible. Living in Gander isn't for me. At least there are jobs locally that can allow you to move up pretty high with the right background in computers.

Turns out I have a couple of contacts already that may help me get some experience, my friend's father worked fairly high up in IBM and I know a guy though a RR group I'm in that has also helped steer me in the right direction.

And danaceau , I'm not stripping my way through college. Waay too much waxing would be required, and I don't mean Meguiar's..
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You don't have to be at the ACC to be a ATC... every airport needs ATCs.


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It really sucks that we expect kids to be wise enough and have enough life experience to choose their careers so early. If I knew then what I know now, I can only imagine what I'd have chosen to do with my life, personally and professionally! ;-)



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