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how did you decide on your career?

Discussion in 'Jobs & Careers' started by PLC721, Apr 27, 2012.

  1. 95 taco

    95 taco Cornfed

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    how'd you like it? my moms gonna try to get a job as a pharmacy tech when we move.
    at first (and still) i wanted to just get a job and apprentice under someone, but it sounds like i'll be going for a associates degree in marine mechanics, then after that getting a bachelors degree in fish and wildlife.

    good luck patrick
     
  2. CASTRATE

    CASTRATE Well-Known Member

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    I learned how to weld in high school, and became very good, very quickly. Tinkered around with the college seen for a few months, but dropped out. Here I am now, welding stainless steel in a climate controlled facility, having fun and making more $ than most of the kids I graduated high school with that also graduated from college. I work for a great company, that takes pretty good care of it's employees
     
  3. MightyMouse-SCT

    MightyMouse-SCT Well-Known Member

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    Long Travel Total chaos kit, fox shocks, smp fab , dmz sua, glassworks, method wheels.
    Had enough of the 9a-6p and went for it . 6 years strong now . Slight growth every year .
     
  4. TacoMX

    TacoMX TW's Official anti body-lift pundit

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    stock.....for now...
    EMS kinda swallowed me up.

    I wanted to be a firefighter, went to the fire academy, then went to EMT school (you have to be an EMT in FL to be a FF).

    Then I went to paramedic school so it would be easier to get a job as a Firefighter. I got hired at a private EMS company in orlando (Rural Metro) hated the private EMS scene...worked there for almost a year.

    Now I work for my hometown County EMS agency. Its County, not private, So the benefits are great, I have state retirement, vested after 8 years, full retirement at 30 years, and I cant complain about the pay. We have nice trucks, nice equipment, everyone cares about their job.

    I love being a Paramedic. Every day I have the chance to positively affect someones life in one way or another, plus I work with great people and have loads of fun. I work 12 hours, 2 days on 2 days off, and every other Fri/sat/sun off. And no single day is the same...never a dull day.

    I actually look forward to the next day I work.

    My only complaint with EMS is that its hard on your body, and your mind. Very easy to kill your back.
     
  5. BioWheelin

    BioWheelin Well-Known Member

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    Hmm, I'm still not entirely sure how I ended up where I did. Went from college to an internship, then lab work, Americorps, and wound up in bio consulting. 4 years later I'm still doing that and trying to expand a bit.

    The only issue there is that to expand I need experience, permits, and certifications. To get a permit for ONE species you have to spend 25 hours with an already permitted bio observing it in the wild. Of course, it varies from species to species, but the more you have the more in-demand you become.

    Next on my list is certified arborist, that could bump my pay by a couple thousand a year (negotiations willing).

    At any rate, it's an interesting field and I certainly am not going brain dead behind a cashier register like I did way back in high school... ugh, never going retail again.

    It's interesting seeing what everyone does here in the TW. I have yet to see one of my own profession in here though... they have to be around. WHERE ARE YOU, WE ALL HAVE TACO'S?! :)
     
  6. t.hornstra

    t.hornstra Well-Known Member

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    I wanted to make a difference, plain and simple.

    I grew up with a lot of opportunities. I traveled the world and lived overseas as a kid. My dad's job moved us to japan. (civilian job, not military) I had a lot of chances to truly see the world and what makes the United States such a great place to live.

    I joined the military during college to get myself a step ahead of my peers. While others drank during the week, before tests, and got easy schedules to sleep in, I was both in the National Guard and the ROTC department at my school. I got first hand experience being enlisted in the guard before making it to E5 and I just recently graduated college and commissioned as a 2LT into the CA National Guard. I am an 11A, Infantry Platoon Leader. Using my Criminal Justice Degree, I hope to join law enforcement after serving sometime, working full-time for the National Guard.

    I'm currently a GBR, Gold Bar Recruiter for the CA Guard, working with HS and College students to encourage and educate students on the opportunities the CA Guard offers as an officer. I have already looked into graduate school, and will be pursuing a masters, paid for by the Army. I get to live in the same house, close to family and friends, all while receiving active duty pay. I leave for Ft. Benning, GA in March for more training, Infantry Basic Officer Leadership Course, Ranger School, and Pathfinder School. I am already Airborne qualified and have orders to Air Assault in the works.

    The biggest thing I can say, with any job really, is network yourself and get yourself options. I love my career choice with the CA Guard and Law Enforcement. If one gets slow and not appealing, I can focus on the other for a bit.

    Plus, we get to do some gnarly shit in the Infantry.
     
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  7. Okeetee

    Okeetee I like the Anaheim Ducks

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    Great post, Ted. It's refreshing to see young men like yourself striving to become leaders and staying committed to achieving goals.

    You're already doing great things, and will continue doing great things!

    :proposetoast:
     
  8. t.hornstra

    t.hornstra Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, Kyle. It's been a fun experience so far. Excited to see where it takes me.

    :cheers:
     
  9. 2004TacomaSR5

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    I haven't gotten there yet, but I am dead set on becoming an electrical lineman for either Northwestern Energy or another big energy corporation. I really didn't decide on it, it just popped into my head one afternoon while I was messing around on my computer and seemed like it was my calling. The more I researched it, the more I like it. Being a lineman is one of those careers that has excellent pay and benefits, does not take 4 years and a bachelor's to get into, and is recession proof work. Electricity and petroleum are the two top sources of energy in this world and without them our way of life would end almost instantly and we'd go back to being cave dwellers basically. Only real downside to being a lineman would be the risk side of it, but none of the local lineman around where I live have ever been injured on the job, you just gotta have some common sense and a brain in your skull.
     
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