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Old 03-06-2008, 05:08 PM   #1
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Need career advice from our older members

Hey all I need a little career advice from some of our older members (no offense to any of our younger members but im looking for someone with personal experience). I am stuck at a HUGE cross roads in my career path here is the situation. It has been a dream of mine to join the military since 2nd grade. I took a Job with a company thinking it would only be short term until I got in enough shape to ship out. The problem is this company seams (at least so far) to be one of those unheard of employers (pays well, GREAT benefits, treats their employees well etc...) basically one of those company's i didn't think existed anymore. (average employee employment = 23 years) Also the job seams very interesting and I think i am going to enjoy it alot. Lets just say working at this company I will be making about 4ish times what the military would be paying me for quiet some time and with far better benefits. So what should I do take a chance and follow my dream of joining the military? Or stay at this job where I know I will make a lot more money? Anyone make any similar decisions? regrets? (please don't bring up the whole Iraq i could get shot thing its not an issue for me and its the reason I cant have this discussion with my family/friends because it is an issue for them)
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Old 03-06-2008, 05:14 PM   #2
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Tough choice... maybe you should chase your dream and leave your company on good terms, that way when your enlistment is up you have the door open to return with more training and move even further in that job. No military experience for me due to injuries sustained in a car wreck. Take it from me, your only young once so live it up. I did...I went out and toured with rock bands for 6 years and am now at home raising a family and getting ready to go back to college for a degree.

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Old 03-06-2008, 05:14 PM   #3
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Follow your heart and do what you will enjoy.  I made the mistake many years ago of listening to others advice and now I am 25 years into a career that pays well but doesn't do anything for me personally, other than pay the bills.  You have lots of years in front of you.  Make sure the last ones aren't filled with regret for what might have been.
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Old 03-06-2008, 05:16 PM   #4
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thats definately a big decision in your life to make! I know what i would do, but im only 29 and you prob dont want to hear my opinion. But it seams like you'll be happy either way, so your in a win-win situation. Unless you get shipped to Iraq and a bomb goes off near you, and leaves you disabled, and your only making 1/4 of what you could have been making, so you end up in the middle of the street on a wheelchair with burger king cup in your hand.

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j/k man ... good luck in making the right decision.
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Follow your heart and do what you will enjoy.* I made the mistake many years ago of listening to others advice and now I am 25 years into a career that pays well but doesn't do anything for me personally, other than pay the bills.* You have lots of years in front of you.* Make sure the last ones aren't filled with regret for what might have been.



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Old 03-06-2008, 05:40 PM   #6
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Lets just say working at this company I will be making about 4ish times what the military would be paying me for quiet some time and with far better benefits.

Since the military is not known to be the highest paying employer but does have great benefits like shipping you off to Allah-forsaken places it should not be much of a decision - if money is very important.

On the other hand, you can get good training and schooling in the military.

My younger brother just retired from the A.F. as a Major. He got his Bachelors and Masters degrees, all paid, along with training as a physicians assistant, in the military.
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I made the mistake of enlisting (nuclear engineer) and backed out waiting on my ship date. I have lots of regrets of "what if" and "I wish I hads". I personally say, if it is truly a dream of yours go for it. You can retire in 20 years (which considering you are still eligible for enlistment) you will be what around 40 with full benefits for life. Then you can focus on a career afterwards. I am EXTREMELY happy with my wife and kid, and I wouldn't change that for the world, but two years ago I wish I would have made that move, and part of me still does. I say go for it. I'm not all that old, but I figured i would put my two cents in since I went through that and feel I went the wrong direction.
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you should have posted a poll.... in my situation i had an analogous choice to make - something that i love vs something that pays more money...
my poll result was 75% was for more money and 1/4 for what i love.
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money isn't everything first of all.. But hang in that job and you'll be rewarded, my current job is just as you described above. IT'S GREAT///
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Have you considered the Guard? Keep the job and play in the dirt one weekend a month. Talk it over with your employeer and make sure they'll support you. Even tho it is the law that you can't be fired for serving time, loopholes are found all the time.

Plus, the military life ain't for everyone. At least with the Guard, you're not locked in full time if it isn't what you thought it was, and you can switch to active fulltime if it turns out to be your cup of tea.
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