Main Motorcycle: Tiger 955i
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Alberta, Canada
Other Motorcycle: Sprint RS
Extra Motorcycle: Honda XL250
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I'm decidedly not in your position Lee.
If could stomach the work, I would certainly consider an RN type position for exactly the reasons you mentioned, but I know it's not something for me.
My degrees are in electronics, but that was so long ago as to be useless now at 41. For the last 15 years I've been in the recreational marine industry. Initially I worked in sales and I made pretty good money at it - more than before or since. But selling yachts isn't really something I enjoyed. Well, some parts were enjoyable but the day-to-day sales work wasn't my thing.
I then moved over to the service side of the business to manage that department. It was a pay cut, but at least I got to work something approaching a normal schedule again and got most weekends off like the rest of society...including my girlfriend.
The problem now is two-fold: one, I've pretty much topped out in this position and have no room for growth and two, the industry as a whole has been crippled by the last few years. Crippled might be an understatement. Locally there's over 50% job losses as many dealers simply went out of business. We closed 2 of our 3 locations and I laid off all my staff; now I'm a one-man-band either doing the work myself or outsourcing to local contractors/yards. And even at that I'm far from full employment.
So I'm looking to move to a new industry. At 41. Not fun. Trying to find something that at least tangentially uses my experience in the marine world is proving a challenge - most people have no clue what my job actually entailed and think 'service manager' is the same for automotive or other common industries. In fact it's quite different, but it's hard to get that across to potential employers. Whatever I do, I'm likely to take yet another huge step backwards and can only hope it'll be a case of 'one step back and two steps forward'.
Best not to think about it...it's all far to depressing.
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