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  • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
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    • Jun 2018
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    I don't know what I want to be when I grow up

    Long story short, I've been in the military as a pseudo construction worker (great fallback plan for employment) for 24 years by the time I retire. DoD came out with an amazing program for us to more or less intern with a company for 6 months on our current pay before separation/retirement. Problem is, I don't know what I want to do. I can always fall back on my experience in pavements or construction equipment for a respectable paycheck, but I want to do something different and a little easier on the body if possible.

    Other problem is we've invested a lot in my wifes career path here in NC, so moving is not out of the cards, but a very last resort.

    So obviously I'm looking at random companies here in my commute radius and seeing if something interests me, as well as pays decently for entry level... so far my only options are poultry insemination or sexing, or pressing buttons at a factory (they don't interest me, and seem boring actually, but only things in my entry pay range lol).

    I really enjoy my current job because every day is different; I get to problem solve, am not strictly bound to a checklist or timeline usually and hopefully effectively lead people to do the same.

    1. I was hoping to find something where you can do undercover boss type stuff and find what people complain about their job and then find ways to fix it that make sense for investors/owners as well as employees (buzzword innovation). Do any of you have a job like this that doesn't require specialty in the targeted field? (ie different types of work, not the same businesses over and over)

    2. Are there jobs where you can get OJT (on the job experience) via telework?

    3. I'm not opposed to travel, my wife actually likes me more when I'm gone multiple times a year but we'd prefer multiple short trips over a single long trip every year. But I don't know how you intern for a job like that if they even exist at entry level skills?

    Do any of you work for companies that might have opportunities that are even close to any of the above? If you don't want to respond publicly please send me a PM. I don't care if the company is hiring or not, I have multiple fallback options but would love to experience something new (and maybe even something I'm not thinking about/considering) at no risk to me or said company. Worst case I get a better idea of what I want to do for my next career and a chance to earn an employment reference.

    *EDIT* Not specifically looking for leads for employment as much as I'm trying to see what sorts of stuff might be out there for me to "intern" with for my 6 months and get some exposure to something different than what I do now. Some really great options have been listed so far and I appreciate it


    Last edited by ItsAllGoneToTheDogs; February 25, 2021, 07:09 AM.
  • RonB
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    #2
    I wish I could help.

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    • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
      ItsAllGoneToTheDogs commented
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      I don't need leads specifically, just looking to use my 6 month program to try something new even if it doesn't turn into a job or direction I end up going. So I'm sure you have an idea or two that would be helpful
  • CaptainMike
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    #3
    You know, the first thing that popped in my head, with your experience and assimilation to training, is drinking and wastewater treatment. Once qualified and licensed you could stay put or move, plus a double-dip retirement. That's just what popped into my head.

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    • mnavarre
      mnavarre commented
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      Well, 24 years in the .mil I'm sure he's qualified at the drinking part...

    • CaptainMike
      CaptainMike commented
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      mnavarre I figgerd I'd get some of those well-warranted wise cracks!

    • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
      ItsAllGoneToTheDogs commented
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      The city poo pond is actually the same commute that I have right now, not a terrible idea to add to my fall back plans... and mnavarre is correct, I am overly qualified
  • FireMan
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    • Jul 2015
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    #4
    Free lance & serve as a consultant/trouble shooter in the field you have experience in.

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    • smokin fool
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      • Apr 2019
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      #5
      Hit INDEED or other job search engine.
      I'd be looking at a state or city planning or maintenance programs.

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      • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
        ItsAllGoneToTheDogs commented
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        Yeah I've scoured the different job site things, some of the stuff seems interesting and some of them are already part of my fall back plan. I have skills that are in demand, just would prefer to spend the next 20+ years doing something different if it makes sense financially and job satisfaction wise.
    • willxfmr
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      • Apr 2017
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      #6
      I'd suggest looking at a maintenance gig at one of the local factories. The work is usually steady, the pay is decent, and it's what a lot of us old construction types moved to when the mind was willing, but the body was no longer interested. It certainly beats the crap out of working an actual factory job.

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      • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
        ItsAllGoneToTheDogs commented
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        I didn't think about that, we have quite a few factory options around here, but I overlooked the maintenance ones thinking I wouldn't have a shot at qualifying and the floor jobs looked monotonous and boring... though the pay was surprisingly good for this area.
    • zero_credit
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      #7
      Have you thought about some LinkedIn learning or community college courses to perhaps dig a bit deeper into areas of interest and get a sense of how your current skills can be used or what new ones can be learned? A lot of free options and very modest time commitments. Coursera is also good.
      Last edited by zero_credit; February 24, 2021, 10:43 PM.

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      • glitchy
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        • Jul 2019
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        #8
        You have any welding experience? Glitchy Grills could soon be hiring.

        On a more serious note, first thank you for your service. Don’t let your lack of a degree in a field that interests you keep you from applying. There are still a lot of people and places that rightfully respect service experience as being valuable and somewhat well rounded. Obviously, your probably not going to get a job as a nuclear physicist or a pharmacist without a degree, but there’s a lot of companies that will hire military retirees for managers, at least around here.

        Have you thought about starting your own company? Use your experience and manage a crew? 24 years I’d guess you know a few things.

        The BBQ cleaner was on BBQ Central Tuesday. Completely different route,, but has me thinking if I want a career change.

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        • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
          ItsAllGoneToTheDogs commented
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          we used to weld a lot when I first came in, but I'd barely be better than a week 2 welding student at this point. Haven't run a quality bead in about 20 years, and haven't even struck a stick in about 10 Guy at work want me to open a restaurant/food truck. But I don't want my hobby to become a job.
      • rickgregory
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        • Aug 2014
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        • Seattle, WA

        #9
        I freelance so can't help with leads, but... you're not entry level. You have 24 years of experience. Do this...


        List out your skills. Do not self edit, don't prioritize, don't stop. Just list them out.
        • Put a minus sign next to the ones you can do but don't enjoy that much
        • Put a plus sign next to those you are good at AND like.
        Re-order the list with all of the minus skills at the bottom. Search for jobs with the plus skills in the description.

        For example you say:

        " I get to problem solve, am not strictly bound to a checklist or timeline usually and hopefully effectively lead people to do the same."

        Uh... those are valuable skills. For example, you could likely project manage in various industries. Yeah there are certifications that might help, but someone who can creatively solve issues as they arise is valuable. I mean, if you know construction, how about a project manager in a custom or commercial building outfit?
        Last edited by rickgregory; February 25, 2021, 10:20 AM.

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        • DavidNorcross
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          • Nov 2017
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          #10
          I do not have any real leads or suggestions that come to my mind but I am very interested in this thread. Will do what I can to help.

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          • Greygoose
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            • May 2019
            • 720
            • South Shore,MA

            #11
            With your road / pavement background and experience checking in with the NC DOT and see what is available in the materials/ inspection depts.
            you could expand on your present experience and possibly get into a non office, non overly physical position.
            I am 69 yo and spent 90% of my working life in earth moving/ utility, and road building,,,,
            I know what you mean about the physical part,,,LOL

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            • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
              ItsAllGoneToTheDogs commented
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              a couple backup plans I have are working at one of the batch plants, or hopping on with DOT. Neither of which would be terrible to sink another 20+ years into. Though I'm kinda hoping science can just build you a new body by the time I'm 70
          • klflowers
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            • Sep 2015
            • 3662
            • Tennessee

            #12
            Take a look at Duke Energy. They have a variety of positions that may work out for you, and they have a huge workforce. I do design engineering for their substations, and they always have a bunch of construction managers; they also have a lot of contractors doing work for them. And they are state wide.

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            • latenight71
              latenight71 commented
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              My brother-in-law worked maintenance at a local University for years and loved it. School districts, hospitals, and city and county facilities may also provide good gigs.
              Or, with your construction experience could you become a licensed building inspector? Also, the real estate market uses home inspectors regularly prior to home sales. I hired a guy when we bought our home and I think we paid him over $500 and he was at the house no more than an hour.

            • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
              ItsAllGoneToTheDogs commented
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              Duke has quite a few jobs here and they are one of the companies I am considering doing the internship with. Though latenight71 may be on to something, one thing I've learned from my wife's journey into realty is that there's a lot of people that make guaranteed money for every potential sale, and the 2 people who do the most work are the only 2 not guaranteed a paycheck until a sale is final Maybe I go to school and sub out to her, not a terrible idea.
          • latenight71
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            • Feb 2021
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            • Long Beach, CA

            #13
            or maybe a concrete inspector at job sites?

            https://study.com/articles/How_to_Be...ry%20standards.

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            • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
              ItsAllGoneToTheDogs commented
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              I can do that, I do enjoy concrete work and it's one of my options, but I'm looking to use the 6 month program to explore other things that aren't related to my current job.
          • latenight71
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            • Feb 2021
            • 225
            • Long Beach, CA

            #14
            Well, here are a some sites you might explore if you haven't already. Innovation is such a funny word to me. it's one of the buzz words the marketing and sales guys would use at every meeting. we lowly editors used to use it as a drinking game opportunity and take a drink every time we'd hear their key words.

            https://oshr.nc.gov/work-for-nc/veterans

            https://oshr.nc.gov/internships-stat...nment-agencies

            https://veterans.ncworks.gov/vosnet/Default.aspx

            https://it.nc.gov/programs/innovation-center

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            • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
              ItsAllGoneToTheDogs commented
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              yeah I have most of the resources though I didn't have the OSHR ones. I'm just trying to build a list of things I want to try and maybe even enjoy while still collecting a paycheck for 6 months, it's a pretty good program. As to innovation, yeah, it's used in so many non-innovative things. If the folks on the ground are just complaining about something, and hiring a guy to take their process complaints and solution to the boss, and that fixes it... that's not innovation, that's bad management.
          • willxfmr
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            • Apr 2017
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            • Fondy

            #15
            If you're worried about your skill sets, talk to a local Tech School about what kind of certification programs they offer for maintenance type positions. If it's anything like it is here in Wisconsin, employers are desperate for skilled help, and the Techs have a variety of programs geared to giving people the bare minimum skills to get hired. Also don't be shy about applying for supervisor type positions. Where I work, they have hired supervisors with no manufacturing or maintenance experience simply because of their military background.

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