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Old 05-03-2019, 08:09 PM   #1
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Default Look: This our "Slappin' reset near 40" thread

I know there are a few of us here that are in similar work situations. But, OT being OT, I'm sure there are several here that have slapped dat reset button mid career and went a different way. For those of you did change careers, how did you juggle family/new career training etc...? Tips, pointers HELP! appreciated.

Those others in our boat, I know who you are. Just not calling peeps out. This **** sucks enough as is. Let's pull our **** together and make some changes, we can do this.
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Old 05-03-2019, 08:31 PM   #2
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Don't do it. Just keep hating life and stay in your chosen career field. Think you have a choice to stay or go? Wrong. Choice is an illusion.

My little jaunt into the biomedical engineer world cost me $5K for a cert to land an entry level position, and then another $1K/month in reduced wages for taking a major pay cut. So $10K down the drain because I didn't like IT anymore.

To get out of that ****ty job, I took a low paying contract-to-hire job in a helpdesk call center. I'm an idiot. Don't do the things I do. Stay in your current field and shut up and work until you die.
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Old 05-03-2019, 08:42 PM   #3
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Well, it doesn't necessarily need to be a complete career change either. Anything else IT related you could do? You liked assembly/fixing things IIRC right? Maybe look into transitioning to hardware side of things?
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Old 05-03-2019, 08:43 PM   #4
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I was 42 when I walked because management refused to do anything about a racist POS that refused to keep his trap shut during work hours. I ended up moving into a new industry and a new position before I could stick it to the previous place too badly by drawing on their unemployment insurance (I won my appeal even though I had quit, I had an EEOC case if I had chosen to pursue it).

Have I since come to hate the new place too? More or less, but that's down mostly to the CEO that they'd put in after I'd been there three years and has since been fired, and 1 idiot coworker. I need to get looking again since it's the main suck in my life currently.

Don't stay in a place that's killing you.

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Old 05-03-2019, 08:45 PM   #5
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I keep checking Indeed.com, but Gal Gadot is still not looking for an inexperienced body oil application expert.
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Old 05-03-2019, 08:56 PM   #6
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I know a chick that is working on seeing if Teflon-coated cannabis production "labware" will work. I would never get involved in retail stuff, but figuring out equipment that was easy to clean when you change over to that goji-berry anti-oxidant terpene really easily and with no adulteration would be a good business.

Or go into a consulting business, charge $100 for helping with a business plan, and make that plan "You can't make money selling $1 grams of Ass Kush, don't get into the business, thanks for the $100."
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Old 05-03-2019, 08:59 PM   #7
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Ya know, that's not a bad idea.


Supply chain logistics for the marijuana industry. I know those things!
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Old 05-03-2019, 09:06 PM   #8
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Sometimes I think I should change careers...but than I come to my senses.
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Well, it doesn't necessarily need to be a complete career change either. Anything else IT related you could do? You liked assembly/fixing things IIRC right? Maybe look into transitioning to hardware side of things?
I'm biding my time in the call center until I'm eligible to move into another position here (Prisma Health). I've got a broad background and I'm not an idiot, so I'm sure another team will be interested in me. The capable people move out of the call center while the uh, not so capable people stay here. I would definitely veer towards the "working with my hands" side of IT, I'll have to see what's available when the time comes.
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Old 05-03-2019, 09:11 PM   #10
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Ya know, that's not a bad idea.


Supply chain logistics for the marijuana industry. I know those things!

I know another dude that was a geologist and now he helps the dispensaries step up the game with a high-end boutique look - really nice fixtures, good audio, fancy containers, space. There is a place here that sells all grams $16, and they sell like 10 strains at a time.
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Old 05-03-2019, 09:14 PM   #11
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I know a chick that is working on seeing if Teflon-coated cannabis production "labware" will work
She might want to look at PFA instead of PTFE depending on the max operating temperature.

I heard squirrel honey farming has worked for others in this reset button slapping situation.

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Old 05-03-2019, 09:26 PM   #12
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Looking for a change here but it will be an off shoot of what I do. Been getting training and certs as part of current job. So ready to be done here. 20 yrs doing this and I’m stuck as far as increases in salary and promotion.
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Old 05-03-2019, 09:38 PM   #13
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Keep debating a change but can't get past the highly likely drop in salary and waiting probably at least five years just to catch up to where I'd be if I stayed.
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Old 05-03-2019, 10:00 PM   #14
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I have to wonder though would I be happier doing something different for a different industry. I learned this job, several in fact, mastered then, now I am bored of the work and some of the personalities. Sure, I could pick what is comfortable but it is inevitable that I am going to move to a different role, get depressed and hate myself if I continue down my current path.
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Old 05-03-2019, 10:30 PM   #15
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Might be less of a hit if it's possible to move into a new role within your career bubble. Personally, I got tired of doing the "generalist" IT type gig and moved into a specialty. YMMV.

Also changed industries at the same time.

I've daydreamed occasionally about doing something completely different but every time I come to the conclusion that it might be a fun hobby but I don't think it'd hold my interest enough to commit to changing my career.
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Old 05-03-2019, 10:37 PM   #16
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I pretty much hate my job at this point, but it pays me enough to have my wife stay home with the 2 (soon to be 3) kids. So I just suck it up. The grass is always greener...
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Old 05-03-2019, 10:49 PM   #17
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I pretty much hate my job at this point, but it pays me enough to have my wife stay home with the 2 (soon to be 3) kids. So I just suck it up. The grass is always greener...
You should. I wish I couldíve had my wife stay home with my kids longer. Itís natural. You can see it. Having said that, everyone has their special circumstance. My kids are pretty good...pretty
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Old 05-04-2019, 01:15 AM   #18
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She might want to look at PFA instead of PTFE depending on the max operating temperature.
She's a chemist, she is developing something, teflon is just easier. But it's not that hot since some of the terpenes can vaporize at about 300 degrees F. I think CO2 extraction is sub zero.

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Old 05-04-2019, 01:58 AM   #19
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Damn meaningful article. Some people aren't meant to job jump.

If you are single, highly capable, and willing to risk being completely broke and dependent on others for a period, maybe you can afford to take a risk.

But, if you are all of the above and have family, you really shouldn't take that risk to just "reset" without their input. It's relatively easily to merge into another related job gradually, but if you completely change gears mid-stream, be ready to risk having those closest to you resent you for the changes it may bring to them too.
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She's a chemist, she is developing something, teflon is just easier. But it's not that hot since some of the terpenes can vaporize at about 300 degrees F. I think CO2 extraction is sub zero.
PFA is a fluoropolymer very similar to PTFE (teflon) if she is a chemist she should be aware of the properties of both. If she ever needs fluoropolymer coating help or surface modification for bondibility, let me know. That's my gig until hondaslayer convinces me to slap the reset button.
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I left a lucrative corporate job, and now I arrange, design, and sell shrubberies.

Living on the street, but more importantly, I enjoy my work.
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Old 05-04-2019, 08:03 AM   #23
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You should. I wish I couldíve had my wife stay home with my kids longer. Itís natural. You can see it. Having said that, everyone has their special circumstance. My kids are pretty good...pretty
We are very lucky, I know that. Don't get me wrong, I am not even close to making shikiganati money, but we don't live a very lavish lifestyle either. We are able to do a lot of things, but we don't spend carelessly.

I mean, my job isn't horrible, my boss treats me very well and the company is great (these 2 things are probably the only thing keeping me put), but I travel once a month (leaving tomorrow for Northern California for a week - missing 2 of my son's lacrosse games and one hockey game), and I hate the clients I have to deal with (car dealers).
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If anyone is in IT and on the verge of burnout.. Would highly suggest giving technical sales a try. If in a good company you are able to take a ton of training. You also need to develop quite a varied background, so you get exposure to a lot of other technology which you may not have had a chance to play with in a regular daily grind. That, combined with seeing different customers across industries on a daily basis can be really refreshing if you're stuck in a rut and exhausted of seeing/doing the same thing daily.

For someone hitting reset and considering trying the above... it actually might be doable. The main skills to have is an ability to learn and a friendly customer service oriented demeanor. As long as you're fairly technology literate (understand what a network is, some security fundamentals) you might be able to find a small VAR/Consulting place to take a chance on you on a Sales Engineer or Systems Engineer kind of role.
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If you need education into a new career path, you can try to find work at any of the local universities. I'd imagine most offer free schooling for all employees after a certain amount of time. That way you can still earn money, get free education into something else, maybe even transition into something new at the university you work at, or at the very least begin to build connections.

I understand this path isn't for everyone, but it can certainly easy the blow financially when trying to transition careers. And hell, you may find a year or two into your free schooling the new career path you chose kinda sucks. In that case you A) aren't out on the money you spent going to school B) are still working a steady job.
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