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do you LOVE your job? or, are you now searching / preparing for your DREAM job? (which one) tell us why...


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answer:  preparing for my dream job!

 

upon the duration of nine tumultuous, shocking, extremely dangerous, adventurous years.. throughout the THEATER OF AFGHANISTAN.. working as a government contractor along side our magnificent men and women in uniform.. i am now preparing any and all, to acquire a position within the confines of iraq at the worlds largest US EMBASSY.  during the middle of may (2014) i returned home upon the completion of my last DOD assignment.  employed as per FLUOR GOVERNMENT GROUP, i ran / directed the operations center upon FOB Bostick, afghanistan.  my most current title.. SR. OPERATIONS SPECIALIST respectively.  

 

should all go as planned, within a month or so.. i shall be departing stateside, heading for an extremely challenging position of PMO Security Credentialing Coordinator as per the US Embassy.  this is indeed my dream job.  a position that shall entail a lot of challenges, along with an extreme amount of devotion / commitment to excellence.  i am duly  / keenly aware that iraq at this time, is an extremely dangerous and yet austere environment.  however, after nine years throughout afghanistan.. this could very easily become a cake walk.  however, at the very end of  the day.. i feel blessed to be able to once again fall under the employ of my country.  nothing beats working for the USA.       

 

 

 

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i'm the AD at UT and it's awesome. i get paid a lot and nobody really knows why.

 

So, why so many folks wants to fire yo ass?  You ain't been here that long!  Sumptin must be wrong wichyu, boy!  ;)

 

Aw hell!  Why do I even need a smiley winky?  ;(

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Funny you should ask...I am actually trying to get back into the field in which I gave my blood, sweat, and tears. I have been been working in a myriad of jobs the last 18 years with the latest being at a laboratory instruments manufacturing company. I make decent money but that is not the reason for change or what I am looking for. I really want to contribute to society, to feel I'm making a difference in someones life and see the benefit a lot sooner than I do now. I am in purchasing and while I understand that my actions over the past 14 years have made the lives of people better, I haven't felt it directly. I am 42 and looking for a more direct approach, I am looking into going back to school and getting into radiology. The one thing that has been an enabler in my procrastination is my age. I would be 45 by the time I finished school and have been using that as a reason not to get started. I need words of encouragement to get me started and help me shed the skin of procrastination. I need to get inspired and hear stories of those that have decided to change career paths later in life.

 

I'm listening.....

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Funny you should ask...I am actually trying to get back into the field in which I gave my blood, sweat, and tears. I have been been working in a myriad of jobs the last 18 years with the latest being at a laboratory instruments manufacturing company. I make decent money but that is not the reason for change or what I am looking for. I really want to contribute to society, to feel I'm making a difference in someones life and see the benefit a lot sooner than I do now. I am in purchasing and while I understand that my actions over the past 14 years have made the lives of people better, I haven't felt it directly. I am 42 and looking for a more direct approach, I am looking into going back to school and getting into radiology. The one thing that has been an enabler in my procrastination is my age. I would be 45 by the time I finished school and have been using that as a reason not to get started. I need words of encouragement to get me started and help me shed the skin of procrastination. I need to get inspired and hear stories of those that have decided to change career paths later in life.

 

I'm listening.....

alonghorn72, much obliged as per your serious tone lending a bit of credibility as per my OP.  however, what i am about to say to you, shall not lead towards patronization.. for i would feel that you may undoubtably see right through it.  my pal, do you recall several decades ago, when adolescents everywhere, are always being indoctrinated that whenever a young man / woman reaches the age of 18yo.. they have indeed become grown upon the eyes of the US law?  well, indeed this is true..  however, upon today's (2014) standards.. even when you become an adult by law.. doesn't necessarily mean that you are hereby ready to take on the world.  as a matter of fact, there are many parents nowadays.. that are very often reluctant to allow their legally adult children to depart the homestead.. for they fear that they are just not yet ready.  you may now be asking yourself, just what is monarch's point?  well, my point is.. since you brought up your current age of 42yo.. it only means that by today's standards.. a 42yo, is really about 35 years of age young.  therefore, my overall point is.. you have a whole lot of life left in that 42yo body of yours.

 

alonghorn72, this past september 2014, i turned 50yo.  if i, monarch, at the illustrious age of 50yo.. can complete a government assignment upon the dangerous / shocking confines of afghanistan.. and now began preparations to journey to back into the middle east.. to jumpstart a whole new chapter in my career, upon another of the most dangerous places in the world.. then surely without a doubt, you can perform the very same objectives right here upon the safe confines of home.  there is just no excuse my friend.. especially if your lifestyle and resources are permitting.

 

follow your heart my pal.  bare all humility, and know that you are indeed blessed.

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In all seriousness, alonghorn72, go for it! Do it! Nobody is going to do it for you. Nobody cares how old you are. If you can do something to better your life and affect other peoples lives ... DO IT!

Yo Bud, who's your favorite architect? I took 6 credits of architecture 301 and 302 at UT. Always found it fascinating. Which periods of art do you like best?

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Interesting topic, monarch.

 

I know the sponsorship is mostly about opportunities to franchise, but this isn't about that.....those of you in the same boat as alonghorn72 really should take a few minutes and chat with Larry. He's more like a career coach than a salesman. In fact, I guarantee you'll walk away from a conversation and be glad you had it.

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Me!  ;)

 

I have had a different kind of professional experience. Favorite period of art - Ancient.  Anything pre-historic.  Favorite architect, more on that later - the context must be set first.

 

I taught drawing and design when I was in gradual school  I had an emphasis in urban design.  I had to go to NYC after graduate school because of the savings and loan crisis.  I had to work for a generic "my aren't we expensive!" residential firm in Westchester County.  I had a job waiting for a big project to come through with Cooper-Ekstut, one of the most important urban design firms in the world.  I could not wait long enough when I got a job offer to come back to Austin to work for a Canadian architect who had a practice in Austin and Boston - he designed ski resorts. 

 

When I got back home, he called me into his office on the first day and said that he wanted me to move back to Boston.  The S&L crisis was horrendous on the Texas economy; but, of course, I had to say no and worked for him a while long distance.  My wife and I owned property in Austin - our house and part of her office.  I could have stayed`in the northeast, but it would have been the end of our marriage.  That was not going to happen - our thirty-seventh anniversary is coming up at the end of the month.  Besides, on my trip back, I got to stop one last time in Sweetwater to see my Mother.  Five months later.she died of a stroke.  I always have wondered what it would have been like if I had stayed there.  In many ways I am a much better fit in the Northeast than in Austin, but it was not to be.

 

You asked about my favorite architect.  Since I came back to Austin, I spent my career designing houses, offices, industrial complexes and medical and dental offices.  My first love was urban design.  That firm that I was waiting on in New York City, oddly enough is the firm that did the Urban Design Scheme for the Brackenridge Tract for the UT System that was again in the newspaper today.  Who knows, if I had stayed for that job that was promised to me then, I might well have been the project director for that project.  Life is strange isn't it?

 

I really did not intend to tell this story about myself ... but SFLonghorngirl asked who my favorite architect was.  Oddly enough, I do not have a favorite architect, except maybe Antonio Gaudi for his shear genius.  I love cities.  San Francisco and NYC in this country, and I recently discovered Pittsburg - I would like to spend a couple of weeks there before I pass judgement.  In Europe, I fancy Barcelona and Rome.  My wife tells me that I would love Istanbul, but I have yet to visit there.  Oh yeah I worked for two weeks in Fukuoka, Japan, on the south island, working on a harbor urban design project.  To this day I do not understand it, but Japan is the only country that I have traveled to where I did not suffer even one hour of homesickness.  ;)

 

I was reticent to share this much about myself, but SFLonghorngirl asked an innocuous leading question, and I am still possessed by the post I made about our fellow posters tendencies toward animosity regarding each other.  Also, Monarch in his wisdom, started a thread about what we DO.  Good timing, Monarch, I now bestow upon you a capital "M".  Do not attempt to deny its' importance.  As I said in that other thread, I hope that we could be a little kinder to each other.  I would hope that all of us would share a little bit about ourselves ... maybe a little bit more than we usually might under such circumstances.  Maybe we might get to know each other a little bit better..  Maybe we might be able to get along a little bit better.  After all, we are on the same team.

 

Jeez!  I must be having an epiphany.  I wonder if I took my high blood pressure medication this morning.  I'll check.  If I didn't ... Never Mind!  ;)

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OMG budreaureye!  my good pal, now i see just why we are so cool with one another..  we are both into design and architecture.  you, as per the creative / technical aspects of this magnificent industry.. me, just for the simple love of it.  i have stated beforehand upon many occasions, that i am a member of several forums / websites throughout.  well, one of those forums just so happens to be HAIF.. houston architectual information forum.  you ought to look it up someday, it is quite interesting indeed.  lot's of building projects abound in houston.  your background expertise / details are extremely impressive.  it only speaks upon your inner most humility factor, that you did not want to disclose such personal achievements.  i am very happy that i initiated this particular thread.  

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Funny you should ask...I am actually trying to get back into the field in which I gave my blood, sweat, and tears. I have been been working in a myriad of jobs the last 18 years with the latest being at a laboratory instruments manufacturing company. I make decent money but that is not the reason for change or what I am looking for. I really want to contribute to society, to feel I'm making a difference in someones life and see the benefit a lot sooner than I do now. I am in purchasing and while I understand that my actions over the past 14 years have made the lives of people better, I haven't felt it directly. I am 42 and looking for a more direct approach, I am looking into going back to school and getting into radiology. The one thing that has been an enabler in my procrastination is my age. I would be 45 by the time I finished school and have been using that as a reason not to get started. I need words of encouragement to get me started and help me shed the skin of procrastination. I need to get inspired and hear stories of those that have decided to change career paths later in life.

 

I'm listening.....

 

 

I love what I do especially now that we have focused very narrowly and specifically into Retirement Income plannning. . . 

 

Why does that relate to your post?   Let me explain.

 

You said you will be 45 when you step off to a new career . . .most are working now till their late 60s or 70s. . .I have clients still working past 70. . .not because they have to. . .but because they want to. . . 

 

If you started work at 20 . .. you've been at it 25 years. . .which means you will have 25 years in your new career . . .

 

I have retirees not just traveling and hanging with grandkids but starting new business/ventures, founding non-profits, going back to school etc .. . 

 

 .. .                . . ..                JUST DO IT

 

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Interesting topic, monarch.

 

I know the sponsorship is mostly about opportunities to franchise, but this isn't about that.....those of you in the same boat as alonghorn72 really should take a few minutes and chat with Larry. He's more like a career coach than a salesman. In fact, I guarantee you'll walk away from a conversation and be glad you had it.

 

Agreed.  Larry's advice & consultation is FREE!  And Larry is a cool Longhorn too...  You'll end up talking just as much about Longhorn sports as you do business opportunities.  And that's a GOOD thing!

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wow donald boyles!  your career revelations are extremely impressive.  thanks, as per this inspiration / imput.. congratulations.

 

Thank You, The cool part in all of this.. Are the relationships that I get to build with the parents, players & the coaches.. It's been a great ride and I hope that ride is just beginning..

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alonghorn72  ...I feel your pain.

 

I am looking into going back to school and getting into radiology. The one thing that has been an enabler in my procrastination is my age. I would be 45 by the time I finished school and have been using that as a reason not to get started. I need words of encouragement to get me started and help me shed the skin of procrastination. I need to get inspired and hear stories of those that have decided to change career paths later in life.

 

Years ago I read a similar story in an Ann Landers' column.  Person wrote that she really wanted to go to law school, but would be 55 years old when she graduated.  Ms. Landers had a great reply.  Her reply was something like this... "Well, in three (3) years you will be 55 years old. You can be 55 years old and be an attorney, or 55 years old still wishing you were an attorney.

 

I have already made a couple of career changes...at 49 and 56 years old.  Hell, I would love to make another one, but my wife will divorce me...some days that is a great deal and other days, not so desirable.

 

Don’t Just Change The Curtains… Change Your View.   [Refugee of corporate America….My Story]  Call me if you would like to chat.  As mentioned, I am a coach, not a sales person.

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I protect the children of the great state of Texas.. its not a job .... it an adventure. ..

 

I have had many jobs but it's nice to do something you enjoy and happen to get paid to do it...

 

In what capacity, texasdobbs?

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I am a trial lawyer with my own firm.  However, despite having a successful career I hate my job.  Unfortunately, being in my mid 40s I am pretty much stuck.  If none of my children become lawyers, I will have been successful in at least one aspect of my life.

WHOAAAA, my good pal blue horn!  now just how on earth are we supposed to comprehend just what you are now espousing?  we have a great and very worn out saying in texas "you cannot mix oil and water".  therefore blue horn, just how on earth or we to be able to mix "success vs hate"?  you have began your accounting by stating that "i am a trial lawyer with my own firm".  now is it just me, or did you somehow manage to make a very fortunate revelation, sound a bit ominous..

 

please allow for me to supply a small bit of street ebonics.. "DON'T HATE THE PLAYER, JUST HATE THE GAME".  now, my pal blue horn.. are you satisfied?  upon my OP, i presented a small accounting of my background and burgeoning career objectives.  i monarch, have worked nine long years throughout the complete THEATER OF AFGHANISTAN.  please pardon me friend blue horn, for i do not know just what all that you may know about afghanistan.. but it is not a third world country per se.. it is more akin to a fifth world country.  yes, we're talking dirt poor.  there were times there during my tumultuous career over there.. that i had to witness events as per my very own eyes.. that would make most people here within the states.. bow down and start to cry.  nontheless, i shall never ever forget the very first day that i arrived to BAF - BAGRAM AIR FIELD, AFGHANISTAN.  i stepped off of the bus that had just picked us up at the military airport.. i gazed up at the sky and the beautiful surrounding mountains that i had never ever thought i would ever see upon my lifetime..  and somehow, i knew that this was indeed the place where GOD had wanted me to be.  i felt his presence, as i was standing there.. i shall never ever forget that day.  

 

we are all grown ups here blue horn.  therefore, i really appreciate you taking a moment to supply your career accounting.  however, i created this particular thread with the objective to try and create an honest and open dialogue regarding our jobs vs prospective careers.  and upon reading your accounting.. i cannot help but read a lot between the lines.  whenever a person comes up to me, and mentions that they are a lawyer, i like to start out by articulating a small bit of gratitude as per this chosen career.  upon my view, lawyers come in many variations.  however, there are many feeble minded people, that only seem to think of the adverse aspects of this career.  i could never be this stupid.  for i know that it takes a lot hard work and complete devotion, to become a successful lawyer upon today's overly saturated world of law.  therefore blue horn, i for one, do not think that you really hate your job.. i think that you just may be hating some of the adverse career events, that may have occurred throughout.. that have made you become successful.  sometimes, you may have found it hard to sleep at night.. is this correct?

 

well, you are not the first one, and you certainly shall not be the last person, that has found success upon such adverse conditions.  you just need to learn to accept life for what it is.  learn to accept a bit of humility upon your life.  learn just how to thank GOD as per his many blessings bestowed to you.  you have a successful career THANK GOD!  you own your own firm THANK GOD!  you have children THANK GOD!  you are in your mid 40's, along with your health and strength THANK GOD!  you harbor waaay to many blessings, for there to be any hate my friend.  can you just imagine the number of people that would just love to walk a mile within your shoes...    

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I am a trial lawyer with my own firm.  However, despite having a successful career I hate my job.  Unfortunately, being in my mid 40s I am pretty much stuck.  If none of my children become lawyers, I will have been successful in at least one aspect of my life.

 

 

Your life expectancy is 80+ if you are of normal health. . .

 

The point?   You aren't even half way there yet. . .

 

Short of being completely stuck in the money trap, why can you not do anything else?

 

Life is WAY too short to hate what you do. . . .what other career would you pursue?

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well, you are not the first one, and you certainly shall not be the last person, that has found success upon such adverse conditions.  you just need to learn to accept life for what it is.  learn to accept a bit of humility upon your life.  learn just how to thank GOD as per his many blessings bestowed to you.  you have a successful career THANK GOD!  you own your own firm THANK GOD!  you have children THANK GOD!  you are in your mid 40's, along with your health and strength THANK GOD!  you harbor waaay to many blessings, for there to be any hate my friend.  can you just imagine the number of people that would just love to walk a mile within your shoes...    

 

Very well said!  I am just burned out and tired of the crazy ups and downs of my business.  What I do for a living makes high stakes poker seem boring.  Honestly, I would much rather make less money and be part of building something.

 

Early on in my career (about 5 to 6 years in), one of my experts was the chair of a medical school and offered me a job as a graduate assistant while I went back to med school to get my PhD in medical sciences.  I wanted to develop and artificial womb.  I really regret not taking that offer.  Even though I have a BBA, I always did much better in my science classes.  I came within a hair of changing my major my senior year to get my prereq.s for medical school, but then I got into some good law schools and started thinking about making money rather than being a poor college student.

 

Sorry for the rant (i actually deleted a lot of it), but your post got me traveling down memory lane.

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