Originally Posted by Anthony
Im 28, have an associates of applied science degree, none of my job history helps me really, majority was simple customer service jobs while i was in school.
I had a decent tenure at a manufacturing facility operating machinery in a production type environment after i got my degree but my current job was supposed to be a crutch while we had gone thru some family hardships when my wife was diagnosed with cancer in 2005.
Tried to look into advancing here 2 yrs ago but theres no where for me to grow unless I went into Accounting of some sort, but thats besides the point, I just want out.
Is continuing in school a viable option? A 4-year degree will open up a lot of opportunities, especially in a science field, since your degree is already geared that way. I started my college education late, completed my computer science degree at 40 years old, and have since more than doubled my annual salary (about 5 years after graduating). It's hard to do with a family, I know, but the payoff is fantastic.
You might check on a federal openings (www.opm.gov
). The pay is usually a little less than the private sector, but all federal employees are hourly paid so the difference usually works out. I know guys that get a lot more money than I do but they also work a lot more for their salary (60-70 hrs a week). Even though I get paid well, if I work over 40, I get overtime pay.
As stated above, law enforcement is a good option too if you have the right temperment for it. You get paid while going through the academy and you can usually retire after 20-25 years with full pay.