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76S&S
07-16-2013, 01:49 PM
Just got to thinking about this at lunch today.

For those of us that have been in careers long enough to consider such a thing. If you had the chance to choose your career path all over; what would your choice be?

Please note what your currently do, what you wish you had chosen and why.

I'll go first:
My title is Director of Accounting Technology, imagine having to write that on documents.
I have a degree in Accounting, spent several years in the Payroll area, but currently work specifically on Accounting technology, trouble shooting, custom reporting (Crystal) and am a liaison between our Acct. department and our IT group.

I work for a General Contractor (Commercial) but really wish I had gone into residential construction as the GC. I really enjoy residential, not being in an office all day and just find it interesting.

Edit: and I think I could make more money working for myself. You know what they say about the grass is always greener...

mikeg205
07-16-2013, 01:53 PM
I would have gotten into sales much earlier --- that's where I am now...

The timing would have been perfect in the late 80's - for selling technology.. I got in 0 in 1999.. will never go back inside - outside sales is the way to go for me.

MI_Corey
07-16-2013, 02:13 PM
I'm a CNC programmer. I wish I would have gone into Mechanical engineering or gone in to nursing actually and work my way into management within the medical field. Either way I could have made a lot more money and am debating whether I should drop my current career and pursue one of those.

Traxx822
07-16-2013, 02:33 PM
Just got to thinking about this at lunch today.

For those of us that have been in careers long enough to consider such a thing. If you had the chance to choose your career path all over; what would your choice be?

Please note what your currently do, what you wish you had chosen and why.

I'll go first:
My title is Director of Accounting Technology, imagine having to write that on documents.
I have a degree in Accounting, spent several years in the Payroll area, but currently work specifically on Accounting technology, trouble shooting, custom reporting (Crystal) and am a liaison between our Acct. department and our IT group.

I work for a General Contractor (Commercial) but really wish I had gone into residential construction as the GC. I really enjoy residential, not being in an office all day and just find it interesting.

Edit: and I think I could make more money working for myself. You know what they say about the grass is always greener...


Residential construction sucks. People are Aholes. I do construction but stopped working for homeowners. Cause I hate them. All of them. So dam picky. Now I rehab foreclosures. No one lives there. Its awesome.

I haven't had a long career but a good one. I own a GC construction company. Its fun. But at the same time. Owning your own business sucks major D

pmkkdx
07-16-2013, 02:45 PM
the very small TX town I grew up in had little, to no, knowledge in counseling high school students for career paths from a small town. The majority of the people in the town besides the school teachers were not college educated but had rather learned a trade or were into farming/ranching or were small business owners of small shops. Why even bother going to college? I ended up going to a technical school to get a 2 year degree in Mechanical Design & Drafting technology ... that way I could be a productive member of society and have income in merely 2 years, got married the summer following my first year of tech school to my high school sweetheart (had our 35th anniversary this past Sunday) ... fast forward a few years into my career ... I quickly realized if I ever wanted to have a decent income and/or move farther up the ladder, I better get back into college to get my engineering degree. I went to night school for another 8+ years part time, while starting a family, maintaining my 40+ hour job ... was killer!!! Today I am an engineering manager over mechanical & electrical design and component engineering ... very poor counseling to an 18 y/o lead to many very hard years to get to where I am today ... We are finally financially comfortable and I do love my job.

If I had the opportunity to do it over ... I would have gone straight into an Mechanical engineering program at a major university OR I would have gone to Med school to be either a surgeon or a large animal vet ... but that's a whole different story.

thatsmrmastercraft
07-16-2013, 02:56 PM
Few things are as rewarding and frustrating at the same time as running your own business. I have sold tires and wheels as a factory rep and as a branch manager, as well as working for a large tire wholesale company. Operating my own tire and wheel business is vastly more rewarding than working for a large company. I wish the opportunity had come along sooner.

Grant777
07-16-2013, 03:07 PM
There's not much glamour (left) in international aviation - don't become a long haul pilot. It's been a great 13 year journey: I've seen the world and have no regrets. I just cant see myself staring out a cockpit window for the next 30 years. I'll be heading back to the US next year in search of that greener grass...perhaps start a small business and make less money.

mikeg205
07-16-2013, 03:17 PM
Residential construction sucks. People are Aholes. I do construction but stopped working for homeowners. Cause I hate them. All of them. So dam picky. Now I rehab foreclosures. No one lives there. Its awesome.

I haven't had a long career but a good one. I own a GC construction company. Its fun. But at the same time. Owning your own business sucks major D

But you have such a great office... ;)

Jerseydave
07-16-2013, 03:26 PM
I came from an automotive repair career (tech, shop manager) then 13 years as a MAC TOOL distributor and now independent wholesale deli meat and cheese supplier (10 years)
I like what I do, but it's far from glamorous. As others have stated, being self employed has it's ups and downs. No vacation in the past 10 years except for long weekends. Health insurance costs are killing me ($1400/month for family of 4) All insurance is expensive ($5K per year for business) and my own SEP IRA which I contribute to. Bills, bills, bills.

But the headaches are few. I've often thought of having my own sub shop, but I'd need 3-4 of them to make it worth the effort and that would be a lot of headaches. Still it's in the back of my mind. I'd enjoy having my own place of business in my home town, nothing better than that!

nickespi
07-16-2013, 03:28 PM
I think I would have gone into the adult film industry or become a male stripper. Great hours and good pay for something I really enjoy!

mikeg205
07-16-2013, 03:32 PM
I think I would have gone into the adult film industry or become a male stripper. Great hours and good pay for something I really enjoy!

It's a short carreer ain't it? no pun intended... ;)

chrislandy
07-16-2013, 03:40 PM
I think if I could go back in time I'd go back and slap myself for not continuing with my yacht and powercraft engineeering & design masters degree... but hey, now I'm a structural engineer with my own practice in the UK... so not all bad

Nick911
07-16-2013, 04:35 PM
Medical school.

It would be a pay cut though now...

JMLVMI
07-16-2013, 04:43 PM
Medical school.

It would be a pay cut though now...

They put something in the water up there, you guys with all of those shiny new X-30s in Alberta. Oil and Gas?

mcparadise
07-16-2013, 05:21 PM
I'm a Nuclear Engineer...so much for that profession in these times...BUT, if I had to do it again I would be a:
1) Marine Chemist sometimes called a Gas-Free Engineer (they make sooooo much and always in demand)
2) Welding Engineer (always in demand)

mgs96ps
07-16-2013, 05:21 PM
Just so you know...I was going to be the first ambidextrous field goal kicker in the NFL...making no less than the league minimum for the last 20 years.

"I am not as good as I once was...but I am as good once as I ever was" Toby Keith

Nick911
07-16-2013, 05:37 PM
They put something in the water up there, you guys with all of those shiny new X-30s in Alberta. Oil and Gas?

Yeah, big oil...someone's gotta do it. :)

madcityskier
07-16-2013, 06:02 PM
Residential construction sucks. People are Aholes. I do construction but stopped working for homeowners. Cause I hate them. All of them. So dam picky. Now I rehab foreclosures. No one lives there. Its awesome.

I haven't had a long career but a good one. I own a GC construction company. Its fun. But at the same time. Owning your own business sucks major D

Working for a paint company I must agree. Contractors on commercial projects are a mix, residential construction guys are always angry and in need of a miracle because their customer has changed their mind, even though the work is already completed. Like my job, minimal travel and only as stressful as how much you care.

SkiDog
07-16-2013, 06:43 PM
After 31 years in the construction biz,owning my own company, I jumped on board with a LARGE construction firm as a superintendent. I now feel like I am in jail 8-9 hours a day. On the other hand, my fuel bill will drop about $600.00 per month. So there's a raise in itself. After this job is over, If I wanna continue, I'll probably have to travel. Don't know if I'll like that or not. i'm gonna give it a shot though.

CantRepeat
07-16-2013, 06:48 PM
Rocket-surgeon for sure.

There isn't much I would change. I'm not an office type for sure. Even after spending 8 out of the last 13 years away from my family I don't think I would have changed it. It surely changed me.

88 PS190
07-16-2013, 07:04 PM
Its not the career - career works for me.

I would have done a different/more intriguing undergrad.

Anyone who does a "science" or other basic title undergrad should get kicked in the balls - it'd be great to do something really neat like composite engineering, or industrial design. I'd still like to do what I do - but with a better understanding of how to make more stuff.

Skipper
07-16-2013, 07:15 PM
Nope. Would not change a thing. Well I would have gone to Ranger school.

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barefoot
07-16-2013, 07:17 PM
If I were to do it again, I wouldn't get an MBA. I did it for the wrong reasons and I'm not in the position where I could/would benefit from it. It wasn't as if I got a pay raise or promotion...I own the business. I refer to it more as a back-up plan than anything else. When I graduated, the Dean said 'Ryan, I don't know why you did this...you're doing what were trying to teach.' It was a sobering moment...

I try not to think in terms of 'what could have been'. It's usually a waste of energy. What I do think about is 'what do I need to do now to change the future?' I find that a better approach because it becomes a conscience decision...a plan to work to. I'm more focused than I ever have been...and I still have plenty of work to do.

I own a retail coffee shop, two coffee kiosks, and an espresso catering business. I'm doing what I want to do and the financial rewards are in the making. If I were to do it again, I would have done espresso catering sooner. But it would have been a harder hill to climb without the retail shop...

Voodoo
07-16-2013, 09:24 PM
Navy fighter pilot, Air Guard fighter pilot, airline pilot -- enjoy it all. If I could start over -- Navy SEAL, then fighter pilot and airline pilot. But, could I get through B/UDS? That is the question...would have loved to give it a go. Never entered my mind at 21 yrs old.

Astepatatime
07-16-2013, 09:46 PM
I've had a roundabout journey. Started in college with a pre-med program and intended to be a doctor. Got interested in computers and robotics. Got dual undergrad degrees in biology and computer engineering, with the intention of going into bioengineering (this was the dark ages of that field almost 30 years ago). Got sidetracked with an IT job, grew into management. Decided an MBA would be good, which led to a stint in management consulting, which lead to corporate positions. Now a CEO and part owner of a technology consulting business. It's very rewarding and most days I love it. But all jobs have headaches.

When I do the "what if" game, I wonder if I'd stayed the course in medicine or bio engineering, what would have been. And there's a part of me that wishes I'd spent time in the military. But all in all, very blessed an no strong regrets.

Nick911
07-16-2013, 09:46 PM
Navy fighter pilot, Air Guard fighter pilot, airline pilot -- enjoy it all. If I could start over -- Navy SEAL, then fighter pilot and airline pilot. But, could I get through B/UDS? That is the question...would have loved to give it a go. Never entered my mind at 21 yrs old.

Yes good call. The Canadian Tier 1 equivalent is JTF-2. I would have loved to give this a go. Something more rewarding than the private sector and building homes for rich people.

Hogwild
07-16-2013, 10:17 PM
Dentist all the way...4 day work weeks and your assistants do most of the work for you!!!

timvan
07-17-2013, 08:42 AM
Navy fighter pilot, Air Guard fighter pilot, airline pilot -- enjoy it all. If I could start over -- Navy SEAL, then fighter pilot and airline pilot. But, could I get through B/UDS? That is the question...would have loved to give it a go. Never entered my mind at 21 yrs old.

Military for sure, would have already been retired with a pension and benefits. My 7yr old son wants to be a pilot, hopefully he will pursue his dreams

d2jp
07-17-2013, 09:01 AM
Good to see I'm not the only one self-employeed and works 60ish hours per week w/ no vacation other than a long weekend:) I own a retail bicycle shop (2 locations) and I love the business....but it does suck being so dependent on good weather. The Southeast has been so cold and wet this spring/summer. It's frustrating to have things like the weather, which are out of your control dictate the customer traffic. I'm blessed with a great staff and great customers though.

I've been in retail all of my life - but if I could do it over I would teach either at the HS or college level and do some coaching.

76S&S
07-17-2013, 09:26 AM
I started this thread, but I may have my 17 year old twins read it. Lots of interesting careers, some of which I've never heard of.

waterbug
07-17-2013, 10:21 AM
Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer... I am in my 40's now and think about it almost every day. I certainly had the ability, and should have used my god given talent to do something good. I was a lifeguard for 6 years while in college. I was a competitive distance swimmer half my life. Spent all my time training, and maybe had a shot at the Olympics (that was my goal) I was young, and it would have been a huge commitment. I decided to finish college. I now work in finance. It's boring, but a good, stable job.

I wish I would have known back then.....

PT 1999 ProStar
07-17-2013, 10:49 AM
Current: been in medical device sales for 15+ years and it's been very rewarding both clinically and financially. Worked for 3 major healthcare companies who provide you with great benes but with that comes BIG borther always watching. Current administration (government) policies will make it interesting In the next few years!! I enjoy the fact that I went through four years of college with an ecomonics degree and I now train, teach and sell the surgeons on our technologies who btw had 8+ years of schooling. I like the freedom of sales allowing me to have "my time" and not sitting in an office all day. I've turned down management jobs because I don't want to get it from the top and deal with the reps below. Besides most good reps make more than their managers with much less headaches. So no regrets..

If I could do it again I would get my degree in business management with education as a minor and focus on becoming an althetic director at a high school. I love sports and coaching. I coach my sons lacrosse team and it's rewarding. Plus our town just hired a new AD and the salary is over $150K. Not bad at all. There's headaches in everything we do but I really think I would enjoy watching, supporting and helping athletic teams succeed. BUT who knows.....

lukedeuce
07-17-2013, 11:56 AM
I am just starting off with my career, although been with the company 8 years. I am a Foodservice consultant (design and contract specialist) meaning I design commercial kitchens and bars. I love what I do and there is no salary cap - what I sell is what I make. I went to college for small business entrepreneurship and business management. I have a lot of different careers I can go with, but best fit where I am now. A lot of people look to me for answers, inside and outside the company. I feel that is an accomplishment in its own since I am the youngest in the company.

I don't think I would change anything - still plenty of opportunity to own a bar/restaurant, which could be very profitable or not.

Any of you restaurant owners out there, give me a call! I am sure there are things I can do to help your bottom line!

76S&S
07-17-2013, 02:30 PM
Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer... I am in my 40's now and think about it almost every day. I certainly had the ability, and should have used my god given talent to do something good. I was a lifeguard for 6 years while in college. I was a competitive distance swimmer half my life. Spent all my time training, and maybe had a shot at the Olympics (that was my goal) I was young, and it would have been a huge commitment. I decided to finish college. I now work in finance. It's boring, but a good, stable job.

I wish I would have known back then.....

One of my boys has mentioned the Coast Guard as a possible career path.

sp00ky
07-17-2013, 11:37 PM
A pilot no doubt about it. Maybe through the military route but I feel I would have make a great pilot.

76S&S
07-18-2013, 09:15 AM
^ Have you seen what it cost to go to flight school these days? Wow, there will surely be a shortage of pilots in the future.

02ProstarSammyD
07-18-2013, 09:28 AM
I would be a trophy husband for some super wealthy middle aged woman.

JohnE
07-18-2013, 09:58 AM
Almost went to school for architecture. Wish I did.

Got electrical engineering degree instead, worked self employed as electrical contractor for past 20 years. Still own that business, but took full time job as Building Commissioner working for the Town. No real regrets but went I went the architecture route as I came very close to choosing 26 years ago. Self employment is great when it's good but when it's bad it can be real bad.

Skipper
07-18-2013, 10:28 AM
I would be a trophy husband for some super wealthy middle aged woman.

That sounds like a good job.

hondaprlud
07-18-2013, 10:28 AM
Self employment is great when it's good but when it's bad it can be real bad.

Amen. But I wouldn't change a thing.

JohnE
07-18-2013, 11:57 AM
Amen. But I wouldn't change a thing.

I said that for years, but I'm not so sure now. Maybe the changes I would have made have less to do with self employment and more to do with who I chose to do work for. Economic downturn aside, I've been flat out stiffed and not paid on tens of thousands.

Ryan
07-18-2013, 12:03 PM
At times I wish I had stayed in sales vs going to brand management. But I have enough good days to keep me happy.

Being a helicopter pilor would have been a lot of fun. Did spacecamp in the 6th grade and always wanted to be an astronaut - glad that didn't work out with the somewhat limited job prospects right now ;)

88 PS190
07-18-2013, 11:06 PM
Dentist all the way...4 day work weeks and your assistants do most of the work for you!!!

Ya... or if you run your own practice you can drive in on Christmas eve or random evenings to fix folks up before they travel, because no one wants to travel with that tooth ache.

I'd say any medical profession has more hoops/liability/and crap to wade through than any other profession of similar compensation.

clrussell
02-08-2017, 09:59 AM
Gonna bump this up. I'm kinda wanting a career/ life change. As some of you know I'm mid divorce and it's brought to life things I wish I had done differently. I'm the sole tech at a successful diesel shop and the future owner of this shop and our other shop that's next door. At 27 years old I can't wish I didn't try something else. I can't move really as I have custody of my kids 50% of the time. Wrenching is about the only thing I know and I'm good at it. I'm just not sure I want to make a lifetime career from it. I've done it 10+ years as a job already so I'm aware of how it's going to be long term.

Guess I should just suck it up and go on with life and make the best of what I've got. Can't complain really, just think I could do something else and be happier

Yooper
02-08-2017, 10:13 AM
Gonna bump this up. I'm kinda wanting a career/ life change. As some of you know I'm mid divorce and it's brought to life things I wish I had done differently. I'm the sole tech at a successful diesel shop and the future owner of this shop and our other shop that's next door. At 27 years old I can't wish I didn't try something else. I can't move really as I have custody of my kids 50% of the time. Wrenching is about the only thing I know and I'm good at it. I'm just not sure I want to make a lifetime career from it. I've done it 10+ years as a job already so I'm aware of how it's going to be long term.

Guess I should just suck it up and go on with life and make the best of what I've got. Can't complain really, just think I could do something else and be happier

No you shouldn't!! Have someone read what you wrote back to you.

Get out and make a move. Read this book "You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome"

JohnE
02-08-2017, 10:24 AM
Gonna bump this up. I'm kinda wanting a career/ life change. As some of you know I'm mid divorce and it's brought to life things I wish I had done differently. I'm the sole tech at a successful diesel shop and the future owner of this shop and our other shop that's next door. At 27 years old I can't wish I didn't try something else. I can't move really as I have custody of my kids 50% of the time. Wrenching is about the only thing I know and I'm good at it. I'm just not sure I want to make a lifetime career from it. I've done it 10+ years as a job already so I'm aware of how it's going to be long term.

Guess I should just suck it up and go on with life and make the best of what I've got. Can't complain really, just think I could do something else and be happier

My advice would be not to make a career decision during the middle of the divorce. You probably are way more aggravated about many things in your life due to the stress of the divorce. Get that over with. (it shouldn't take that long) Then reflect on your career choice. If you aren't happy with wrenching then absolutely make a move. You have a long career ahead of you, don't waste it doing something you don't enjoy.

Sorry to hear about the divorce. I must have missed that.

clrussell
02-08-2017, 10:59 AM
My advice would be not to make a career decision during the middle of the divorce. You probably are way more aggravated about many things in your life due to the stress of the divorce. Get that over with. (it shouldn't take that long) Then reflect on your career choice. If you aren't happy with wrenching then absolutely make a move. You have a long career ahead of you, don't waste it doing something you don't enjoy.

Sorry to hear about the divorce. I must have missed that.

Thanks john, I wasn't planning on jumping on anything else yet. Just looking at options in life. Honestly thinking about making a big step and just taking my shop over and doing it myself although I know the stress level would go from 10-20

curver900
02-08-2017, 11:25 AM
I wouldn't change a thing... I went to school to be a EE and did that. Then decided that the only job I could get or wanted out of school was working in the IT department at a medical device company.. worked there for 5 or so years till EDS came in... couldn't work for that company.. so I started looking found a gig a a large financial institution as I was the only one with unix background who applied.. got that gig.. and it was crazy good for me... even sent me on an all expense paid trip to St. Lucia for 2. I had put in many many hours... I even stayed over night at work more than 2 nights a week fixing vendor code issues... it was crazy... then that launched me into what I do now which is solutions architecture at the same company.. been a long ride over 20 years... but I work from home and don't have to travel unless I want to... and lots and lots of vacation...

I am stuck here till my retirement or they fire me...

My advice for any career is to be able to see what is coming on the horizon in any field and be ready for that shift BEFORE it gets to you... apply for new jobs that are out of your comfort range.. learn on your own, be mindful of your words and your interactions with upper management if you are in a corporation... and be humble... believe it or not there are others that are just as smart if not smarter than you even if they are "below" you...
Listen listen listen probably goes for any job...

update your resume at least annually, why? because that keeps you in the flow of what is going on in your field and challenges you to make sure you can speak to the job being offered if that is what interests you.

Lastly always engage with those who are at the level you would like to be. I.E. set up time with mentors and managers that are already doing the jobs you would like to pursue... get their feedback.. what do they like, don't like, what do you need to do to be prepared for the next opening...

and always have a positive attitude no matter how sucky it is!

CantRepeat
02-08-2017, 11:42 AM
Just got out of the hot tub and the wife is home sick. I think I'll make her some lunch!!!

Maristar210
02-08-2017, 11:54 AM
Just got out of the hot tub and the wife is home sick. I think I'll make her some lunch!!!

You're such a dick :D

CantRepeat
02-08-2017, 11:58 AM
You're such a dick :D

Being the house ***** nowadays! :D priceless!!

damaged442
02-08-2017, 12:33 PM
Good bump of an old thread!

My advice reiterates what was already stated. I don't recommend changing career paths mid divorce. Wait until everything is finalized first. I just went through divorce last year. Compound that with my mother passing away, and receiving notice that they are shutting down my place of employment...well, if THAT doesn't getting you thinking you should have taken another path in life, nothing will! LOL

I never really knew what I wanted to do going through school. I always did well in the sciences so I geared most of my classes that way. When I was done, I had dual majored in Biology and Chemistry.

Once I graduated, I ended up as an Organic Chemist doing pharmaceutical R&D. I enjoyed being in the lab and knowing the work I was doing was eventually helping people, be it anticancer, ADHD, etc. After 7 years, I managed to keep my arms and eyebrows, (no major explosions, but a few good fires here and there!) but I realized that the long hours, low pay and lack of career development potential were getting me nowhere.

From there, I took a big jump and landed a job as a Chemistry Specialist at a Nuclear Power Plant. Lots to learn, that's for sure, and absolutely nothing like any of my previous jobs. After 5 years, a job opened up in the Training Department, so I took the job as the Chemistry Instructor. It has been a great gig learning as well as teaching!

Thankfully, our plant has been purchased by another company and will remain operational and continue generating power! So, that is definitely a step in the right direction!

Not sure what I would do if I had to do it all over again. I am a believer of the philosophy of what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. All the skills you acquire as you progress in life cannot be taken away.

I thought about going pharmacy back in the day, but the loans are pretty substantial. Not sure where I would be if I went that route, other than paying the ex more than I do now!!

ahhudgins
02-08-2017, 01:26 PM
After this past weekend I believe that I have found my ideal (low stress) job to get me to retirement age. I bought a new washing machine at Lowes, paid for it at the register and then drove around back to pick it up. Two guys loaded the washer into the truck and then I drove to the shack were the old guy looks at the washer and checks off my receipt. Drove home, got the washer in the house by myself, opened up the box, and found out it was the wrong washer. I want the guy’s job in the shack. You look at the part number on the box…look at part number on the receipt. How freaking hard can that be???!!!!

Sodar
02-08-2017, 01:40 PM
If I could change everything, I would have chosen to be a trust fund baby. I think I could have been really good at it. And no, I am not talking on the level of some folks here... I am talking the levels of megayachts, jets, mansions, etc. :D

76S&S
02-08-2017, 01:44 PM
Wow, I initiated this thread back in 2013 and low and behold I've had a career change. In 2013 I was in Accounting doing special projects reporting to the CFO.

About 2 1/2 years ago our CIO was trying to get me to move over to IT. The role I would play was undefined and I couldn't really see how my skillset would fit so I declined multiple times. Then about 1 1/2 years ago I was talking to my boss at that time, the CFO, and he said that the role had been defined and I might be interested. A month later I started in IT. My focus is on Business Intelligence, which is taking large amounts of data and presenting it in a manner that helps management make more informed decisions. We present the information in charts and graphs and even get into predictive analytics, which is an educated guess on what's going to happen based on the past. I'm enjoying my new role, but I still say I would be happier in residential construction. However, I can see the retirement light at the end of the tunnel. I only have 6 - 9 years to go, depending on a few factors.

CantRepeat
02-08-2017, 02:35 PM
If I could change everything, I would have chosen to be a trust fund baby. I think I could have been really good at it. And no, I am not talking on the level of some folks here... I am talking the levels of megayachts, jets, mansions, etc. :D

So like the Prince of Monaco? :D:D Ah living in the house of Grimaldi for sure!

Sodar
02-08-2017, 03:13 PM
So like the Prince of Monaco? :D:D Ah living in the house of Grimaldi for sure!

Similar level. Less notoriety.

BallBushing
02-08-2017, 03:14 PM
Mechanical Engineer here. I worked for and moved up in the ranks at 2 bearing companies (FAG Bearings, 2 yrs, SKF Bearings 14 years). Got laid off 20 years ago & decided to start my own company, Ball Bushing Warehouse, LLC. Best move ever. Haven't written a monthly report in 20 years.
Added benefit of being your own boss. Today it was 50 degrees in CT so took the day off & went fly fishing on the Farmington River.

atihanyi
02-08-2017, 09:43 PM
High end European body shop manager now 35 years
Dad died right after graduated high school so university wasn't an option
Would have gone into micro biology or virology

ryfly161
02-08-2017, 09:54 PM
What nuclear plant do you work for? I am a ops instructor at mcguire nuclear. If I had to do it all over again don't know if I would do it any different. The training gig is pretty spot on.

damaged442
02-09-2017, 09:10 AM
What nuclear plant do you work for? I am a ops instructor at mcguire nuclear. If I had to do it all over again don't know if I would do it any different. The training gig is pretty spot on.

I'm at FitzPatrick. (850 MW BWR) Presently owned by Entergy, but they want out of the northeast, so they are shutting down all their plants up here. Thankfully, Exelon (who owns Nine Mile Point Units 1 and 2 next door) bought us and will keep us running. Just wrapping up our refueling outage now.

I keep meaning to make my way down there! Friend of mine is one of the owners of D9 Brewing Company. Come to think of it, beer would always be a good gig too! Maybe that's what I will do when I grow up! :D

ryfly161
02-09-2017, 11:41 AM
There you go D9 is a good brewery. We go about once a week. You should make it down. Brewing beer would be a good gig.

Roman
02-09-2017, 12:18 PM
I worked in the solar industry for 3 years. Looking back it was really laid back and fun. It was a lot of fun doing hands-on work, and also doing sales/engineering work.

Then I went into my "dream job" of becoming a engine calibration engineer. I remember being in school thinking how awesome it would be to work on future engines, calibrating them, ect. We would sometimes see Camo'd vehicles drive around with the laptops hooked up to all these different sensors. I have that job now. Its not as glorious as I thought it was. Still fun, but its not about making horsepower. Its a lot about meeting emissions targets, and now making sure we arnt doing anything that can be interpreted as "cheating".

I miss working with my hands. But I know if I leave I'll realize just how good I had it and regret it.

Im waiting for the next down turn in the automotive industry. Ill take my buy-out and then seriously think about starting a business. The problem is what.


Side note--> I wish I had a sugar mama and I was a stay at home dad. That would be the life (and how so many people complain about it I don't understand).

THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER ON THE OTHER SIDE BECAUSE ITS FERTILIZED WITH BULL****

CantRepeat
02-09-2017, 01:53 PM
Similar level. Less notoriety.

Heard that. I'm sure I'm much happier in my no name life then I would be doing that.

I'm see myself as extremely lucky to live the life I have and have the wife I have. I don't think it's the money that makes you happy. It's the happiness you find in what you have. Just living a stress free life makes me happy. Yeah, I'll never own a Gulfstream or a 200' yacht but I'm ok with that!!!

MC25
02-09-2017, 01:56 PM
What nuclear plant do you work for? I am a ops instructor at mcguire nuclear. If I had to do it all over again don't know if I would do it any different. The training gig is pretty spot on.

My dad was a contractor at the San Onofre plant in CA, and is now the VP of Ops at a plant here in texas. Id love to get into the nuclear world.. fascinates me

captain planet
02-09-2017, 05:19 PM
I'd be an engineer.

JohnE
02-09-2017, 05:48 PM
I'd be an engineer.

Whew, I was afraid you were going for NFl analyst.:D:D

FoggyNogginz
02-09-2017, 06:55 PM
I agree that big changes after a major life crisis are always something to avoid. That being said, see if you can find the time to take on some part time projects that lead you down a new path. Lifelong learning and new experiences are required to keep most folks interested and happy in the long run. Variety is the spice of life so to speak. I have done everything from delivering furniture, to working at UPS, to building international networks, and now managing a fairly large business inside of Microsoft. My next move (if all goes as planned) is to grow my real estate business as well as my consulting business and leave the corporate world entirely. If I had it to do over I simply would have taken more risk, learned to fail fast, and verbalized my intentions to everyone in order to make them real.

Best of luck, and remember that the only real limitation is your perception of the limitations. Make it happen sir!

2RLAKE
02-09-2017, 07:37 PM
Whew, I was afraid you were going for NFl analyst.:D:D

now that is funny!

bpinhigh
02-09-2017, 09:39 PM
I sold everything about five years ago (business and rental properties) to relocate for the wife's career. Couldn't have worked out better, she's making the money I was now and I get to share my passion for math everyday with middle school kids. Plus my only worry in the summer is who can I get to come drive.

captain planet
02-10-2017, 06:40 AM
Whew, I was afraid you were going for NFl analyst.:D:D

now that is funny!

...yea, that was funny. :D:D

Engineers do much more meaningful work BTW.

DHPRO
02-10-2017, 08:07 AM
Banker...shuda gone to some island to sling cocktails!

76S&S
02-10-2017, 08:26 AM
On second thought, I would much prefer to be the guy that gets to paint the bathing suits on the SI swimsuit models each year!

captain planet
02-10-2017, 08:52 AM
On second thought, I would much prefer to be the guy that gets to paint the bathing suits on the SI swimsuit models each year!

Why?? That is just torture....pure torture.

Kweisner
02-10-2017, 09:14 AM
I'm currently a SVP overseeing strategy and planning for one of the largest travel retail organizations in the world. With 30 years in the leisure travel industry, I have had a vast number of remarkable travel opportunities for "business" purposes, which includes a number of river cruises, most recently the Mekong in Cambodia and Vietnam, blue-water cruises (all new ships host inaugural events where industry people are invited, wined and dined), some really nice resorts and boutique hotels. Basically, my job let's me enjoy what many others dream about and I never take that aspect for granted, nor do I have anything but appreciation for those experiences. I've also been in the industry during it's most dynamic period, with distribution changing rapidly and radically (the Internet), which has in turn created opportunities for innovative and diverse thinking; definitely not "business as usual" for the last 15 years and this has yielded a lot of career advancement. So, no regrets at all about the path I ended up on--I started out as a cruise ship photographer just to have some fun after college, but had no plan to be in travel.

That said, looking back I would have gotten an MFA degree in furniture design and construction. I have no idea if designing, building and selling fine custom furniture is lucrative or not. . . but I do think it would be psychically rewarding to do the kind of work that's tangible, durable and has meaning.

On a more "practical" side--I think law school and then into the field of public policy with the hope of making a positive impact on our country / society in ways that benefit everyone regardless of political affiliation or agenda (i know. . . pipe dream).

76S&S
02-10-2017, 12:00 PM
Why?? That is just torture....pure torture.

Torture me till I'm dead, but what a way to go:D

Thrall
02-10-2017, 12:36 PM
While I have a decent stable career that is varied in what I get/have to do and for the most part what I wanted to do......(civil engineer, Const Mgr for a large GC), the biggest frustration at my level and for a while now is dealing with ALL the people. Whether it's personality conflicts, getting people to do the work for you (employees and subs), getting what you need to do the work (managers and owners/clients), the struggle is the same. At any given time there are literally 100 or more different people I have to interact with daily. And those people change regularly so as soon as you figure out a good relationship, it all changes and you start over from scratch. Throw in ever increasing regulatory requirements from every aspect of the business and in my position it becomes a game of how to get along, how to make others get along and how to navigate a confusing maze that changes the next morning, every morning.

That said there's a lot that's rewarding about it and it pays well.
My advice or if I had to do it over again would be to have a trade or profession where I could manage more machines than people or processes.

TXMC-06X2
02-10-2017, 02:45 PM
Gonna bump this up. I'm kinda wanting a career/ life change. As some of you know I'm mid divorce and it's brought to life things I wish I had done differently. I'm the sole tech at a successful diesel shop and the future owner of this shop and our other shop that's next door. At 27 years old I can't wish I didn't try something else. I can't move really as I have custody of my kids 50% of the time. Wrenching is about the only thing I know and I'm good at it. I'm just not sure I want to make a lifetime career from it. I've done it 10+ years as a job already so I'm aware of how it's going to be long term.

Guess I should just suck it up and go on with life and make the best of what I've got. Can't complain really, just think I could do something else and be happier

If the shop is going to become yours hire and train a couple of techs and move into more of a manager/business owner role. Everything changes when its your name on the sign. I have been in sales my entire career. Started out working for other companies and after 10 years I was fed up with it and was looking for a career change. I decided to become my own boss and open my own company and its been nothing but a blessing.

TXMC-06X2
02-10-2017, 02:47 PM
My dad was a contractor at the San Onofre plant in CA, and is now the VP of Ops at a plant here in texas. Id love to get into the nuclear world.. fascinates me

Glen Rose plant?