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Discussion in 'Personal News & Announcements' started by BanditFlyer, Jan 17, 2006.

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  1. BanditFlyer

    BanditFlyer Thread Starter

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    I'll be posting more soon, but for now I wanted to get your opinions on 2 things:

    1. Where are the opportunities Now?

    2. Do you know of any companies that are doing poorly but still hiring?

    I'm unsure of the direction I want to take at this point but I am headed in two very distinct directions:

    1. My first job out of college only paid $78,000/year but I wound up earning, if you want to call it that, over 110,000 in less than 9 months. Here's why - I was lucky enough to pick a company that was doing poorly financially, but still hiring. I wound up being the last hired and among the first fired(I got cut in the third-and-final round of layoffs). I got laid off with a nice severance package. I think I might like to try this again - it proved quite profitable.

    2. On the other hand, it would be nice to simply go in a single direction and make a conquest of my next job. Hence question number one.
     
  2. angelize56

    angelize56 Always remembered in our hearts

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    BF: Not to answer your questions...I'm a nurse so of course I'm into medical issues....not a techie.....but wanted to let you know I'm very sorry to hear you lost your job! :( Good luck finding one with a comparable salary....they must be out there somewhere! As a nurse....I can always find a job in my profession....and good paying ones too...as soon as I get my surgeries done sometime this year! :)
     
  3. ekim68

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    You have a lot of talent. Hang your own shingle..
     
  4. Mulderator

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    Only? :confused: There are a lot of people who would be happy to earn that much!
     
  5. Mulderator

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    The last thing you should be looking for is a company that is doing poorly so you can get laid off again. Numerous jobs do not look good on a resume, first of all. Second of all, I would think you'd be more interested in finding a good company and making a future for yourself which is more profitable in the long run than getting laid off and collecting a severance package.
     
  6. AKA Arizona

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    Agreed Only? 78,000 and yes find someway to make a stable career, that is unless you like the hidden stresses that come with not knowing where your next meal comes from.
     
  7. littlemar

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    I know my eyebrows went up when I read the "only $78,000" part too. Dang boy that is not an only salary. LOL Not sure of your skills but you have a way with words like management and/or sales. ;)
     
  8. THoey

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    I was thinking you might get a little more response if people knew what you did.

    And I'll echo the ONLY??? I am an Oracle DBA, been with this company 5 years, have 20+ years of computers and databases behind me, and I didn't make only $78K last year...

    :rolleyes:
     
  9. Gibble

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    No kidding, I'm a Computer Analyst/Programmer, been with the company for 5 years, and I don't even make that in Canadian funds!

    Hell, I don't even know if we can get that high with this company!
     
  10. Polly1016

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    Exactly!! What type of degree and/or credentials do you have? You're asking where the opportunities are but opportunities are only relevant to your training and experience.

    What did you major in?
     
  11. BanditFlyer

    BanditFlyer Thread Starter

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    A little more info: My degree was in Business Administration with the Option in Information Systems. I branched out a lot and probably wound up with more coursework in CS than in Business.

    My job title was officially IT Specialist. They tell me that translated to Programmer Analyst 2. I was a web/database programer for, of all things, a system that sends out notifications when a contractor or employee leaves the company to all that person's former service providers to revoke all remaining services.

    As for the 'only', What can I say, Silicon Valley inflates salaries, rents, and in turn, expectations. :D Some of my classmates actually wound up doing better than I did, and to be fair, I had some previous experience.

    Thanks for the well-wishes. Long-term employment sounds good, but we're in the 21st century now. I think long-term employment relationships, as well as long-term relationships of any kind, might just be becoming obsolete. So, whether I like it or not, I might be stuck with looking for the next big severance package(always remember the pre-nup ;) ).

    As far as hanging out my own shingle, that's kind of where I was headed - I'm not sure it's exactly what I'd like to do, but I'm feeling adventurous and would definitely like to expand my horizons. I'd like to look into other industries and occupations. What are the hot industries now?

    Anything Unexpected?

    What interesting and exciting things have you guys read about recently?
     
  12. Polly1016

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    Do you mind me asking what degree you hold? Bachelor's? Master's? Also, when you were working as an IT Specialist did you achieve any additional credentials or certifications in that area?

    Best of Luck with your search! (y)
     
  13. ekim68

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    I have a little history of my own. At least regarding employment and the quality of life I
    expect...I started out as a typewriter repairman back in 1975, and by the way I still enjoy
    working on them, and eventually worked for several outfits, and as things progressed,
    I learned to repair more.
    From that date until 1987 I worked for a couple of businesses and then decided to do my
    own thing.
    That is, start a legitimate business; had to register with the state, and take care of the
    insurance things, and jumped in...
    (Good thing my wife worked.) But, after a while, things have been good. But, you have
    to take care of your customers, if you expect to continue....
    Thank goodness for TSG for helping me with computer problems, and relaying them.
    I happen to be luckier than most, in that, I live in an area that doesn't cost so much, at
    least not yet, so my income is dependent on how much I want to work, and how much I
    need to....
     
  14. Polly1016

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    Sounds like you're a perfect example of the American Dream! I applaud you because I know it had to take a lot of hard work, determination and sacrifice for you and your family. There was no short-cut to accompolish your goals. And more important if you want to stay in business - like you said, you have to take care of your customers!

    You're a success in my book!!

    Congratulations! (y) (y) (y)
     
  15. ekim68

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    Thanks Polly1016,
    You know? Most people have it in them, they just get caught up with everyday life.
    And, that's a tough one...
     
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