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Damn the torpedoes--career change ahead!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ben D. Jan 16, 2012. 19 Replies

I know I'm not the only one here who's been stuck in a loathsome job. For the last eight years, I've been employed as a Respiratory Therapist. At first I liked it, but over time I have grown…Continue

Greetings and Salutations

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ben D. Oct 2, 2011. 3 Replies

Good day gentlemen, My name is Ben Davison. I hail from Maine originally, but through a fair bit of moving around I am now in the Chicagoland area.  I have been browsing AoM for some time and I find…Continue

 

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Ben D. replied to Ben D.'s discussion Damn the torpedoes--career change ahead!
"I used to fly in the Tampa Bay area a lot, and the controllers at Tampa Approach were always a help when transitioning across the bay. I've gotten to see some Chicago ATC behind the scenes, and it's an interesting little world that they…"
Jan 16, 2012
Ben D. replied to Ben D.'s discussion Damn the torpedoes--career change ahead!
"Interesting idea. I think the university offers some ops internships...I may have to look into that. Thanks."
Jan 16, 2012
Chuck Forman replied to Ben D.'s discussion Damn the torpedoes--career change ahead!
"Good luck with the career change.  The FAA age restriction is pretty silly, but I guess they figure they will always be able to grab young controllers out of the military. Despite the much publicized incidents w/ controllers vis a vis…"
Jan 16, 2012
Patrick L replied to Ben D.'s discussion Damn the torpedoes--career change ahead!
"If you're not dead-set on ATC and are interested in aviation in general, you might want to look into airport operations jobs. It's a lesser known area of aviation but it is some really interesting work. That's where I started after…"
Jan 16, 2012
Ben D. replied to Ben D.'s discussion Damn the torpedoes--career change ahead!
"That is a pretty challenging situation. What are you looking to transition to? Online classes, if you have the discipline to do the work on time, are a valid thing these days. About half of my university classes are online this semester."
Jan 10, 2012
Chris Hamm replied to Ben D.'s discussion Damn the torpedoes--career change ahead!
"+1 I would very much like to change careers but with 2 kids and another on the way, mortgage, car payments, etc. find a way to transition without putting my family at risk is all but impossible.  Besides my job requires a significant amount of…"
Jan 10, 2012
Ben D. replied to Ben D.'s discussion Damn the torpedoes--career change ahead!
"There is a lot of good to be said about RT; good pay, benefits, stability, etc. I've just become dissatisfied with it as a career. "
Nov 27, 2011
David replied to Ben D.'s discussion Damn the torpedoes--career change ahead!
"I too am an RRT, always keep you license.  Best insurance policy there is.  Good luck and get it done before you have kids.  You become much more risk averse after you have kids, not to mention things like "respect" fall in…"
Nov 27, 2011
Ben D. replied to Ben D.'s discussion Damn the torpedoes--career change ahead!
"I'm just tired of the medical scene in general. I went out and got a job at a good hospital near where I live, and it seems like a pretty good RT department as far as workloads and labor relations and all that. So far the nursing staff seems to…"
Nov 27, 2011
Ben D. replied to Ben D.'s discussion Damn the torpedoes--career change ahead!
"I've been taking advantage of as many facility tours as I can get my hands on, The university also has an internship program that I plan to take as much advantage of as I can. Good luck to you with the hiring panels. "
Nov 27, 2011
Matt replied to Ben D.'s discussion Damn the torpedoes--career change ahead!
"I'm currently in a CTI program and will be graduating in two weeks. The program director recently attended a conference for CTI schools. There are currently no plans to solicit off the street hires. If you have 18 months after your graduation,…"
Nov 27, 2011
Devin Ulibarri replied to Ben D.'s discussion Damn the torpedoes--career change ahead!
"I myself am an respiratory therapist for the past 11 years.  I also find myself transitioning out of the field.  The first 4 years was pretty lousy.  Bad pay, no respect, but I worked in great hospitals with great people and learned a…"
Nov 26, 2011
Ben D. commented on Josh Helfferich's group College Gentlemen
"Lewis University B.S. in Air Traffic Control Management   Previously, an A.S. in Respiratory Therapy from Southern Maine Community College. "
Nov 12, 2011
Tank Rust replied to Ben D.'s discussion Damn the torpedoes--career change ahead!
"I myself had become dissatisfied with my current job that I have been doing for the past 12 years.  I know it wasn't a waste.  I just had a change of heart.  So I am in the progress right now deciding if I really do want a career…"
Nov 9, 2011
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Oct 19, 2011
Ben D. replied to Ben D.'s discussion Damn the torpedoes--career change ahead!
"It's a calculated gamble. FAA Academy does have a high washout rate, less among CTIs but still fairly high. If I graduate when I plan to, I'll have maybe 18 months to get selected before I'm too old. In the interim I'm trying to…"
Oct 17, 2011

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Get a job the manly way

Posted on October 6, 2011 at 8:00pm 6 Comments

When my wife and I moved to Chicago, we had no connections here. No jobs, no family, and minimal money. The assumption was that I would be able to find a job in short order. Before we moved, I updated my resume, applied online to many jobs, and then sat back and waited.

 

When the move was over and we had settled in, I still did not have a job. I had a couple of leads, but they were at companies that are considered resume stains in my profession. Still, a crappy job beats no…

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