31 years is impressive! People seem to switch jobs to often these days. I think they say on average people switch jobs every three years now.
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Thread: What do you guys do?
Its been a dream job, before that I worked at a nuclear power plant during the construction phase that's where I learned the trade I'm in now.....full steam ahead captain. A little word of advise to all young people...keep working, don't be lazy, take care of what you got (family, friends) cause life goes by quick...trust me...and stay in shape by....yes...Surfing...O.K., I'll shut up now!!!
Sep 27, 2013, 02:27 AM #63
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.
Sep 27, 2013, 02:42 AM #65
Sep 27, 2013, 02:44 AM #66Senior Member
- Join Date
- Nov 2009
- bethany beach
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.
Sep 27, 2013, 02:51 AM #67
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.