i too just recently graduated college and im in career limbo. While i was in school on breaks and whenever i had free time off from school i would work in a sheet metal shop. after a year or so i began to pick up welding and found i have an abnormal talent for it. fast forward 4 years and even though i was part time most of my time there i am now in charge of all welding in the shop and i kinda enjoy what i do. while going through college and persuing my Business marketing degree i thought i wanted to go into advertising. I had a interview recently in a large manhattan firm and while i was in the lobby waiting i saw the people walking around looking miserable and looked at myself in my suit and just wondered "what the H*** am i doing here?" after knowing what i wanted to do for the past 2 years now i have no idea again. back to career limbo we go.
for now im sticking with the welding. besides long 70 hour weeks now and then and my boss up my ass from time to time its not a bad gig. i make great money and the shop is 5 minutes from my house. I also get to surf a considerable amount. as for the future i am now starting to think i want to go into business for myself doing something. i dont know what yet but something. if your gonna work your butt off why do it to make someone else money right?
I feel your pain man. im in the same boat. just enjoy every day like its your last and do what makes you happy.
That "One Thing" scene from City Slickers. Loved Jack Palance as Curly.
I think it's appropriate that I post here because about 8-10 months ago I was pondering whether I should make the jump, change careers to live near the beach. I moved from Newark and well, it's more or less worked out. I took the job at Wallops Island as a Project Manager, and while I have a very long commute from Bethany, I get to hit Assateague whenever there are waves. My previous career I did ballistic testing for the Army which was a pretty sweet gig, but I saw that funding was getting cut and I was itching to move to the beach. Timing was perfect and this new job has worked out very well; I've been a big part of both of the last two launches there in September. I hope that this will be my career for the rest of my life.
Like others have said, take risks while you're young, and work your butt off. If you're good at what you do, you'll always be employed.
I want to get into my own business too, eventually, don't know what, but I think I'd be good managing people and **** like that. It just takes so much capital to get it going.
Welding is definitely a sick skill to have though. I'd love to learn how to weld stuff. I feel like you can go places even with that skill alone!
Yeah man i hear ya. Marketing still is a possibility but when i look around i find nothing that interests me and i get frustrated. Im considering opening my own welding shop and maybe building a truck for working in the field but honestly welding is really bad for your health and i dont know if its worth doing my whole life.
I actually drive trains for a living. All freight trains. Work for the largest railroad. Have done it for 8 years. Really love it except the schedule. But I can take off pretty much anytime the surf is good if I can afford it. Didnt go to college. Thinking about doing some online classes because the company I work for reimburses 100%. I'm on call 24/7 so it can be a drag but is great money. Live about an hour and a half from the beach.
Do something fun and crazy while your young. Once you settle down it gets harder.
You brahs are all pieces of work. Such a mosaic of different walks of life. We've got professions represented that I didn't even know were more than folklore or in Gaffer's comics. This is awesome stuff and I'm stoked to be on a forum with gentleman scholars like yous guys.
As for the yet-to-be-actualized braddahs or the ones that are too self-critical, follow your hearts brahs. Don't take no for an answer and if it doesn't break the law or hurt anyone, you should chase it with no relent. The buggahs here talking about sowing oats while you can are straight prophets. No regrets either, as those will weigh you down for life. Take it from a brah that's been looked at like a lunatic for years but then looks like a genius after the fact. Only you know what you need to do for you.
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I'm all for living the life and sowing oats PROVIDED it's self funded. If you do it on mummy and daddys dime its just loser-ville.