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Edited by Radagast - 10/23/11 at 9:18am
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Career?
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Originally Posted by CrazyJew View Post
This could be an interesting topic if everyone gave at least a hint of what field they actually work in. No one's going to track you down based on your job description you know.

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I'm currently a flight instructor working my butt off to land my first decent job. The aviation industry is nothing like it used to be. The days of captains making 400k and flying 2-3 times a month is over. Top guys at Fedex and Southwest top out in the 200's, but they're pushing 65 about to retire.

I could see myself doing a lot of things, but right now the thrill of not knowing where my aviation career could take me is pretty exciting. I refuse to get bogged down by the shitty airline industry like a lot of pilots do. I have no plans to fly for any American airline. Corporate or international cargo/pax is my goal.
post #34 of 58
No. I'm a junior systems admin and I've learned so much over the last 2 years. The pay is decent for my experience and the need for systems admins never goes down. I eventually want to focus solely in unix/linux environments which is the geekiest you can go lol I've known I wanted to work with computers since 4th grade and 11 yrs later I still love them.
post #35 of 58
Yes, I would. I graduated with a teaching degree because I had no idea what I wanted to do. I thought that being an Asian elementary school teacher would give me an advantage of some sort. And trust me, there are not many in Philadelphia. After one year of teaching first grade, I decided that it was not for me at that time. I found out that with my degree I could teach internationally. So, I spent the last 15 months teaching English in Korea and it was incredible. I saved up enough money to pay off my loans and travel to 8 different countries. I'm headed back to Korea in mid-October for another year! Yea, I got kind of lucky.
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Career?

+1!
post #37 of 58
Mining/geotechnical engineer.

I'd do it again.

Work is varied, interesting and the renumeration excellent.

I'd encourage my kids to look into it as well.
post #38 of 58
I'd probably try to be a geologist or something that allowed me to make a good living but also be outdoors, if I could figure out a way to do that in places that aren't West Texas. I have a typical government professional desk job.
post #39 of 58
I've been more or less having fun trying different things out. Not sure where I will be in 10 years, but I'm much more confident of making the right choices now than before. My issue has always been being passionate about two very distinct paths (almost in terms of basic perception/worldview) and I am still working on bridging those together. So ask me again in a while.
post #40 of 58
in the weekend FT, there was a quote from Barry Manilow that said "I think that it is great if you can make a living doing what made you most happy at 14". that sounds pretty cool, although I don't know if I could make a living masterbating.
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Edited by Radagast - 10/23/11 at 9:23am
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I like my job (mechanical engineer), but if I could go back in time I would prob have chosen the same path and just did things differently. I also would have pursued music more aggressively in college. I should have been in a band then
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Originally Posted by globetrotter View Post
in the weekend FT, there was a quote from Barry Manilow that said "I think that it is great if you can make a living doing what made you most happy at 14". that sounds pretty cool, although I don't know if I could make a living masterbating.

LOL.

I'm quite happy in academia. The trade-off of salary for freedom and stability has been great for me. Crucially, I've had tenure for awhile.

Now, the shrinking job market, the uncertain future of tenure and the growth of adjunct faculty, and the increasing focus of universities on customer satisfaction rather than knowledge would probably make me choose a different path.
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LOL.

I'm quite happy in academia. The trade-off of salary for freedom and stability has been great for me. Crucially, I've had tenure for awhile.

Now, the shrinking job market, the uncertain future of tenure and the growth of adjunct faculty, and the increasing focus of universities on customer satisfaction rather than knowledge would probably make me choose a different path.

Tenure is fucking ludicrous. I wish I could get paid six figures for getting awful student reviews because I do research. :\\
post #45 of 58
I would live my entire adult life differently. Actually, I'd start off in Grade 9 and re-do things differently.
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