I've got to say it, I'm bored as hell and I can't take it any more. I served 4 years in the Marine Corps as an infantryman, then went to college and became an accountant. I studied Finance and wanted to do something with that, but couldnt relocate. Now I feel stuck in a boring accountant position that is actually getting worse. So, any ideas on some more exciting careers involving the outdoors and maybe some adventure?? Please Help!
I like you had made my way, but needed to be inspired. I lost the love for what I did, and nothing else sounded good.
That is when I discovered the career of Surgical technology. Currently in school, while performing my hospital rotation clinical required to graduate. The pay will be less than what I made before, by half at least. However, I love it!!! Love it! Currently enrolled in my class is 3 Army and 1 Marine vet. It is an awesome career. Lot of engineers, nurses, teachers, and so on and so forth are now scrub techs. I was an architect for 15 yrs.
I have looked into this a time or two before. My problem is I have an interest in something for a couple weeks, then move on to something else. LOL
But you know, it is a short program and in no time you are working. With government aid you could go to school fully funded, and have a new opportunity. Everyday is an extreme challenge. From holding someone's bladder in your hands, to putting a heart on bypass for the surgeon. It is your responsibility as a scrub tech, to make sure you know ea. and every step of a particular operation. To me, building the highest skyscraper could not compare to the minute by minute changes of an OR.
Good luck in what ever you do decide is for you. Construction is a wonderful field, however that is a whole other degree. You could be a CAD estimator/general contractor with what you know already, pretty easy.
You can always take a year out and come to China to give teaching a try.
Will they help me bring my family?
No - but there are jobs where they will supply housing suitable for you and them. If any of your family can teach they can work too if they like. Is this a 'what about my family here' question or do you really want to know ?
My wife is actually an ESL teacher. We had thought about trying the "living in another country" thing, but not sure where to go or what I would do for work. If I could teach also, maybe this is an option. I do have a 19mo old son so would have to figure out daycare or something but maybe its not a bad idea.
You can teach here without an ESL certificate - you could probably teach accounting in the right place, in English.
Seriously - the hours are a minimum 16 per week, most people do 20. The money is way more than enough for living here - unless you need to pay stuff in the US then the exchange is harsh. One dollar's worth of Yuan (RMNB) buys a good meal for one in a restaurant here, so with two pay cheques you would be loaded in China but together only earning the equivalent of under 1500 dollars a month.
And day care would be little problem as in the right place you can probably determine your hours in the contract so that one or other is home all the time.
I will look into this. We do have debt here that we're trying to get rid of, but I do want to live abroad. Thanks for pointing this out China Man!
"living in another country" thing will definitely work if you plan it properly and go for it the fullest I have done it already twice by moving to Spain and could not be more happier where I am now and what it has given me. If your wife is an ESL teacher it is even easier for you to relocate!
And you can always change job in the foreign country if prefered - it doesn't have to be written in stone where do you work
Good luck and hope you fill discover great new paths!
You say you like outdoors, have you thought about maybe joining the United States Forest Service?
I've applied a couple times. No luck yet.
Try to visit the Philippines. It's the 3rd largest English speaking country and many Koreans, Japanese or people from the neighboring countries visit us to study English. You and your wife can teach ESL as well.
Learn a new career definitely, just make sure you hit the right one!
Sure! Hunting or fishing guide, or hiking or rafting or skiing instructor The question is can you make enough money while you're building your credibility in those fields? You can add writing and photography to supplement your adventures guiding as well. And you can also go into sales, selling outdoors goods from either the web or brick and mortar stores and also leverage that into your guiding business, though you might find you need a partner. Good luck!
Been tooling around with these ideas actually. I thought a while back about making a website buying and selling used hunting, fishing, hiking, etc. equipment. Or, setting up an ebay/CL site that allows people to swap, buy, or sell gear. Not sure if it's feasible but at least you could find gear in a centralized site purely for used outdoor equipment.
Wayne, only you can decide what it is that will make you happy. There is no right answer found outside of your heart, buddy. I hope you understand. For me, it began when I started taking interest in lectures such as this one (http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid … 878490822#) and shows such as this (http://rss.infowars.com/20100214_Sun_Alex.mp3). Good luck and REMEMBER to be true to yourself.
Not to sound negative, but I have to be able to support my family with whatever I follow.
Wayne why not try being a Finance Manager in a car Dealership. Plenty of excitement and the ability to go outside. You definitely have the qualifications.
ps: F$I Managers make an average of 100k a year.
I applied for a couple of those positions and they wanted car sales experience first. Not for me. Thanks though!
OK fair enough but I am full of ideas.
How about going into business for yourself and provide accounting services to small business owners who cannot maintain a full time accountant?
Thought about that, but what I have realized, is I dont want to do accounting for anyone. I think it's just a bad taste that has been put in my mouth.
Here's what I'm trying to figure out. I like fishing and hunting, and want to try alot of other outdoor type hobby things. How do I relate that to a job that I may enjoy? I want to spice up my life a little.
Hey Wayne could it be that you are just bored and not a work related issue? I know when I get bored with my life work becomes a real drag too. It sounds like you might just have the winter blues in which case you need to get out. Take the wife and kids on a short hike and finish up with some hot cocoa or cider. Let your fingers do the walking for you and find some inexpensive if not free things to do in your area.
This is not only good for the family by bringing you all closer but gives you a chance to not just sit at the computer all weekend which I'm sure you do during the day all day at work. You have to get a balance where the computer isn't a permanent extension of your day to day life.
Remember to take pics of the adventures you go on and report back people love reading about where other people live. We may not think it is very exciting but to someone in England it might be.
This is good advice. Yes, that probably is part of my problem. But, the way things are at my job have seriously been effecting my life at home. More work, less pay, people not knowing what they're talking about arguing with me all the time. The sort of stuff that a lot of people that are "lucky" enough to still have a job are going through during this recession. Which I think has given employers a good excuse to see how much people can handle before they snap.
Oh a 19 month old. Wow, think of all the great things to teach on a hike. The flora and animals you might see, what different things are in nature. That honestly was one of my fav times with the kids when they were little.
Yep, change your scenery for the weekend. Get the wife involved. I'm not sure where you guys are but we have this great trail up Ball Ground Mountain there is a hotel at the top and when you come back down they have hot cider and these to die for apple fritters.
I seriously need to take my own advice and start doing this again.
"You can always take a year out and come to China to give teaching a try."
China Man, I look into this sometimes before, but they always require native English speakers, which I am not. However, I am a teacher in the US and living here almost all my life as I came here when I was young. Do Chinese Schools also just want native English speakers?
Generally speaking they look for native English speakers - but what they are particularly interested in is a clear accent - American accent is popular at the moment for some reason.
Teacher is the most important thing you have that would probably get you accepted even if your accent was a bit far out for teaching oral English.
Also you could possibly teach chemistry on a co-operation programme. Or you could probably teach some other science subject as specialist teachers are rare enough.
Thanks! You also told Wayne Orvisburg to move to China. Do I really need to move there to find the jobs or there are agencies online like other countries that I can check them out?
No - I did not tell him to move here - just told him he could as an option.
Loads of places to apply online.
just two I picked out from google. There are good jobs with bad descriptions and vice versa - feel free to ask me, you are welcome to what I know
I would avoid the private schools like English First etc, they may be ok but I would not recommend anyone go there without previous teaching in the easy environment of the University or school here.
I am going to suggest to you what I told my kids. Think about the thing that you love to do the most in the whole world, then figure out how you can make money doing it. For example if you love your computer, figure out how to make money using it. or if you love your dog, become a groomer or dog walker, (just examples) but you get what I mean right?
Yes I do. I'm just trying to figure out what that one thing is.
Thanks! I will look into it. Maybe when I learn enough Chinese, I will look up some of my relatives. However, it will be very hard because it was at least 3 or 4 generations back. :-(
My bet is that they will still be where you left them ! and you do not need to speak Chinese - the students are so helpful they will go almost anywhere with you if you ask for help translating etc. One of the joys of being here is how lovely the people are.
Wayne Orvisburg i too served 4 years in the Marine Corps as an infantryman and went to school for computers..I wish the mob was hiring when i got out.. I can't stand what am doing.. am looking to do something that make me feel like i did something at the rnd of the day.. HAVE you gotton any good ideas yet...
actually, considering the teaching in China thing. Take a lot of planning for the family to all get over there, but not ruling it out. Plus, I had a stroke of genius a little while ago of how to get my dream of a record label going. Hopefully will be doing some talking tomorrow. Semper Fi!
All three of my boys came to me with the same questions. I told them the same thing as I am going to tell you.
You must find the thing that you love to do more than anything in the world, for fun or money, but mostly for fun.
Then figure out how to make money doing it.
My youngest was going to be a doctor, decided after our talk to become a photographer, and it payed well. The next one pretty much knew computers of some sort, and ended up an electrical engineer who is inventing wireless gadgets with his own area and crew given to him by his employer because he was good at it.
the third is still looking but it appears he is going into the journalism field, just from playing around with the newspaper at his college.
Here are my suggestions:
1) Do a free, online apptitude test. It will then give you career suggestions, many (or most) of which you may NEVER have even heard of or considered;
2) Sign up immediately for some volunteer work that can also include your family;
3) Step out of your comfort zone are do something you've never considered doing, even if it frightens you or if you don't think you will be any good at it. Do this for yourself, and then pick something else that you can do with your wife.
The fact that you are actually considering a move to China suggests to me the depth of the rut you are in. You need to get out of that rut FIRST, then you'll be able to make a level-headed, clear, well-thought-out decision on a new direction. It MAY be China, or it may be something a mile from your house. But you won't know till you take a few pre-steps.
Though it is still under construction, there is a bit on info on my website under "work" that you may find helpful. LyndaGary.com
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