In another life...your alternate career paths


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Confession time...I've always fancied the idea of running a clothing boutique! ? There, I've said it.  Now I don't spend a lot of money on fashion. I did when I was a young man; you had to have t

Stuntman, but got too fat    Rock star, but I hate dealing with egotistical guitarist.    Radio disc jockey, but I didn't study hard enough. 

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About 14yrs ago I was working a job I hated in the San Francisco area and doing stand up comedy on the side. I had to choose between that and moving to a community with a fairly nonexistent comedy seen. Chose to move, and humility aside, ended up making a great career that paid faaar better than I could have imagined and became a bit of a fixture in a niche industry. In about a week I am leaving that career to start a new one in a new industry and it's scary and exciting all over again.

But a part of me always wonders what if I stuck with comedy. A couple of acquaintances made it pretty big. TV, movies, taped comedy specials.

 

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30 minutes ago, FOHrty9er said:

Atlanta, you?

About 20 miles north of Seattle. One of these days I’m gonna make it out to the Atlanta area to play golf. Lots of great golf around there. Maybe when I do we would link up for a smoke 

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If I were better in school as a kid and more dedicated to studying, I would have wanted to become a pediatrician.  I always thought about that growing up because I used to hate going to the doctor as a kid even for a routine check-up.  I thought to myself "how many kids hate going to their doctor for any reason"?  I've always been pretty good with kids and would have liked to make their medical experiences fun rather than dull and monotonous. 

If not that, I would have loved to have been PGA teaching pro at a private club somewhere.  I've played golf since I was about 2 but never took it seriously until I got into high school but by that time I was full force in playing baseball.  After I hurt my knees catching in high school I finished out my senior year and took up golf a lot more seriously.  My aunt has always been a Class A teaching pro and I saw the gratification/happiness she brought to people by teaching them the game of golf. 

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2 hours ago, NicPac said:

About 20 miles north of Seattle. One of these days I’m gonna make it out to the Atlanta area to play golf. Lots of great golf around there. Maybe when I do we would link up for a smoke 

I'm in the stanwood area myself!

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On 8/8/2020 at 6:46 AM, Duxnutz said:

Contemplating this now. Day job (airline pilot), thinking about getting into being an electrician/some kinda trade or opening my own business. 

Many smart folks on this thread, whom I’d love to share a cigar with. ?

My dream job.  I might try to do it after I retire from my current job.

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34 minutes ago, VKUTT said:

But what can I do? Go back and finish medical school at 51? Not really an option, haha.

 

Buy a metal detector and start prospecting. There's gold in them thar hills!!

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10 hours ago, jvd1291 said:

I'm in the stanwood area myself!

No kidding? I’m in Snohomish. My folks live up on Camano. Maybe someday we can link up for a smoke or two. 

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I've been reading through this thread to maybe find my next career. Like many of you, I have been on different career paths.

In April I separated from my employer during the quarantine. Soon after a college friend reached out to me seeking help researching blockchain. I love digging deep on subjects and synthesizing the information. I hope to make a steady income writing white papers. The thought of freelancing is too stressful. Not sure if this will work out, but all my other ideas are not practical in our COVID world.



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21 hours ago, DBNInc said:

My dream job.  I might try to do it after I retire from my current job.

Save enough money and buy a small airplane is my recommendation!

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7 hours ago, kalibratecuba said:

I've been reading through this thread to maybe find my next career. Like many of you, I have been on different career paths.

In April I separated from my employer during the quarantine. Soon after a college friend reached out to me seeking help researching blockchain. I love digging deep on subjects and synthesizing the information. I hope to make a steady income writing white papers. The thought of freelancing is too stressful. Not sure if this will work out, but all my other ideas are not practical in our COVID world.



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When you open up doors and have a serious educated crack, use that normal anxiousness/ fear as fuel. Everyone gets to feel it. Assess the opportunities certainly, but don't let fear of the unknown automatically push you back behind the door. 

Covet it, welcome it, channel it .... use the SOB to launch you into new paths. 

It certainly beats the hell out of paralysis. You will be fine and we wish you every success!  :ok: 

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12 minutes ago, Duxnutz said:

Save enough money and buy a small airplane is my recommendation!

That’s always an option, but I’d rather be paid to do it!  I know getting the licenses will be costly up front, but buying an airplane would be far more so over time haha.  What don’t you like about being a pilot?

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13 hours ago, NicPac said:

No kidding? I’m in Snohomish. My folks live up on Camano. Maybe someday we can link up for a smoke or two. 

Yeah! one of these days! I work from home now so lifes pretty dang boring during this corona crisis lol.

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4 minutes ago, jvd1291 said:

Yeah! one of these days! I work from home now so lifes pretty dang boring during this corona crisis lol.

I’ll bet. I’m pretty lucky that I work outside which obviously gets me out of the house 

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On 8/9/2020 at 10:05 PM, NicPac said:

About 20 miles north of Seattle. One of these days I’m gonna make it out to the Atlanta area to play golf. Lots of great golf around there. Maybe when I do we would link up for a smoke 

If you do ever make it down South, take a look at playing the RTJ Golf trail in Alabama.  The best value around and the courses are top notch, very humbling and great scenery.  The Judge at Capital Hill is my favorite, but it's a beast (7813 from the tips).  Check your ego at the pro shop ?.

https://www.rtjgolf.com/capitolhill/judge.html

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7 hours ago, bmf30180 said:

If you do ever make it down South, take a look at playing the RTJ Golf trail in Alabama.  The best value around and the courses are top notch, very humbling and great scenery.  The Judge at Capital Hill is my favorite, but it's a beast (7813 from the tips).  Check your ego at the pro shop ?.

https://www.rtjgolf.com/capitolhill/judge.html

Looks like a nice track!! I definitely will look into doing that someday. Thanks for the tip!

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17 hours ago, DBNInc said:

That’s always an option, but I’d rather be paid to do it!  I know getting the licenses will be costly up front, but buying an airplane would be far more so over time haha.  What don’t you like about being a pilot?

I’d personally go back and start a career that’s more stable. it’s a highly specialised career so if you lose your medical, fail some training or suffer at the hands of a recession it’s hard to transfer those skills into something later in life and earn similar money. It’s also traditionally quite a journey to work up to a job where you earn significant compensation to balance out the risk. 

I enjoy the flying aspect, don’t get me wrong but like doing anything as a job there’s aspects one doesn’t care for. These include things like circadian rhythm disruption, time away from loved ones, working with idiots, career progression tied to seniority vs skill and so on.

It’s also incredibly mundane (a good thing but also bad). Airline flying is highly structured and procedural. You can fly your personal plane where you want and how you want. Added bonus is you don’t have to sit next to some guy occasionally you wouldn’t wanna have a beer with but yet have to spend the best part of a week with listening to their rants, opinions, racist views and pictures of their vacation home whilst you yourself are on the furlough list about to be unemployed in just over a month.

Just my 2 cents! 

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This firefighter/paramedic life is for the birds, always wanted to do this but my mom was a naval officer and my dad went to the naval academy and was a marine corps officer and they both told me what this took. Haha looking back about the same time I've spent where I'm at

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On 8/11/2020 at 6:05 PM, Duxnutz said:

I’d personally go back and start a career that’s more stable. it’s a highly specialised career so if you lose your medical, fail some training or suffer at the hands of a recession it’s hard to transfer those skills into something later in life and earn similar money. It’s also traditionally quite a journey to work up to a job where you earn significant compensation to balance out the risk. 

I enjoy the flying aspect, don’t get me wrong but like doing anything as a job there’s aspects one doesn’t care for. These include things like circadian rhythm disruption, time away from loved ones, working with idiots, career progression tied to seniority vs skill and so on.

It’s also incredibly mundane (a good thing but also bad). Airline flying is highly structured and procedural. You can fly your personal plane where you want and how you want. Added bonus is you don’t have to sit next to some guy occasionally you wouldn’t wanna have a beer with but yet have to spend the best part of a week with listening to their rants, opinions, racist views and pictures of their vacation home whilst you yourself are on the furlough list about to be unemployed in just over a month.

Just my 2 cents! 

Thanks for the insight!  Funny, you just described most of the problems with my line of work as well hahahaha.  Maybe private plane would be better after all!

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