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Old 12-02-2012, 03:55 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Old 12-02-2012, 04:37 PM   #32 (permalink)
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I'm a perfect example of "when one door closes, another opens". After a bunch of different jobs in retailing and sales, I fell into selling real estate. I sold apartment buildings in Los Angeles. I wasn't great at it, hated phone prospecting, but it was the 80s and any idiot could sell real estate, I was just one of them. Then in 1990 they changed the tax laws and took away the great depreciation write offs and my business stopped cold. I had gotten married in 1989 and my son was born in September 1990. So there I was with a new wife, new baby, new mortgage (12%) and no income. All through 1991 I kept doing the same things I had done for 13 years, but nothing happened. The pressure was on. I tried to refinance a little 6 unit apartment building I had bought for nothing down and met the appraiser at the building one day. As he did his measurements and picture taking, I asked him how much the bank paid him to do this. "$ 1,000" was his answer. The NEXT DAY I signed up at an appraisal school. I opened my appraisal business on August 30, 1992 and have never looked back. I work from home, set my own hours, and work in jeans and a polo shirt. Now, after 20 years, I have a great reputation as one of the best appraiser's in L.A. and I have a solid clientele. Best of all, I'm one of those lucky few who rise every day and say, "Oh cool, I get to go to work today". When people look at my success and ask me how I managed it, I simply reply, "I failed in my real estate career". Of course, I say it with a smile.

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Old 12-02-2012, 04:51 PM   #33 (permalink)
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Well, continuing from my previous post, my girlfriend and I have made the decision today to ditch our jobs and move to Edinburgh. Just sent an email to our estate agent saying we want our rental contract to finish on the 15th of April. Never been to Edinburgh, not going to make it up there before moving, so really, this is going to be a lot of fun/stress. Woop for spur of the moment decisions!

No idea what I'm going to do when I get up there. Bar-tending? Royal Mail? Or just find something completely different? Maybe sit in my pants and claim benefits?
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:09 PM   #34 (permalink)
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Are you going to attend Scottish language classes? Oh - you said Edinburgh, not Glasgow.
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:16 PM   #35 (permalink)
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Nah, the Edinburgh dialect is easy enough to understand. I've been to Aberdeen, where they may as well speak Russian...
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With a name like Demonovich, you could probably pull that one off.
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I was a police officer for 15 years until I was laid off on September 30th of this year. The last two months have gone by so fast. It has been a mix of constant activity and aimless wondering.

I saw the lay-off unfolding and I was able to prepare for it. My wife has a great job and because I didn't make much, not much has changed.

I could write pages about the views of society and the police. I was going to express more, and I would be glad to discuss it, but I will leave it there. I'm proud to be an officer. Unfortunately, and for a number of reasons, it may be time to move on to something else.

My new full time job is taking care of my wife. I have also been working for a friend who is starting a new company building precision rifles, gun-smithing, holster making and teaching firearm techniques and safety. I'm having a lot of fun. It may be a while before I find a "real job."
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:04 PM   #38 (permalink)
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In some ways i regret some of my vocation choices, i did an apprenticeship as a chef that i started when i was 16. Loved working with my hands and like all the trades but didnt want to be a dirty mechanic or the like, i was so bored in high school that when the opportunity came to leave i sort of jumped at it. I cant really complain with being a chef while i was young and single, finished my apprenticeship and went to the UK for 3 years.
Learnt a lot from some great and varied nationalities and generally had a ball, i also traveled abroad a lot while i was there thru Europe, Middle East and Africa.
When i met my wife i knew that hospitality wasnt ideal for family life so left my job in 2000 and did some warehousing/forklift driving work untill i figured out what i wanted to do. 12 years later i'm working in imports in the customs department and feel that i need a change, again not sure what i want to do but at 44 with 2 young kids i cant afford to just leave without a job to go to - catch 22 situation.
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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.
Wow...know exactly how you feel! EE from a decent university....worked for one company (R&D then International Sales)for 15+ years, got let go due to my legs looking bad...(Boss's girlfriend got my job....). Next job, also in international sales, lasted another 15 yrs...got laid off due to economy. Started my own company doing same thing (for past 8 yrs), but the bloody economy may finally put a bullet into me. And, at 55 yrs old, not too many job opportunities out there. Am looking to expand my company and do something else....but ya need $$$ to do so and not much of that around. My EE degree is basically worthless...design is mostly done by contract engineers in India now. Found several positions but I'm "Overqualified." (i.e., too old). I speak several languages, have extensive foreign experience, and can't get a call back from a company. Sigh. Think I'll go riding tomorrow....

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Like I said earlier when I decided to do my current career...I thought very long and hard about it. I find some days to be rough..but I never stop liking what I do.
I have made friends with staff, peers and doctors. I have been very fortunate as has my wife who works in PT..she helped me with school and then I helped her. So I guess sometimes hard work pays off.
FYI..update on my shoulder. The sutures came out today and I don't have to wear my sling all the time just as needed. I can start riding again in mid january...for that I have to do the happy dance....!
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