/ another 'life choices' post

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Hans - on 29 Jun 2013
After reading a few similar posts I realised I was in the same position. Just havn't come across any suggestions which struck a chord. I feel sort of lost at sea.

So, I have SPA, close to ML, IRATA level 1, a degree (arts), probably getting a CELTA in the future. I have a great Summer job every year but after much thought I have literally no idea which career or occupation could prevent me becoming quickly bored. I hate being in the same place for more than two months. No obligations, just enjoy an adventure.

Any recommendations? Something fairly fast paced; I like working under pressure solving problems. I love working odd hours. Surprised I cannot think of anything, so I thought the lovely people of UKC may be able to help. If anybody here makes a living from sailing then I'd be particularly pleased to hear from you.

Oh, and I've already dismissed IFMGA and have savings. Enjoy your day, wherever you are and whatever you are doing.


switch - on 29 Jun 2013
In reply to Hans:

Travel? Odd hours? Solving problems under pressure? Take one pace forward son

"SAS(R) accept male volunteers who have no previous military service aged 18 to 32 years and 364 days...Volunteers must be able to commit to considerable training demands and willing to deploy overseas."
Dave 88 - on 29 Jun 2013
In reply to Hans:

switch makes a good point about the armed forces, seems to tick all of your boxes.
Instead of the army though, with your IRATA quals, maybe life as a RAF Rigger might suit you-
Timmd on 29 Jun 2013
In reply to Hans: Search and rescue?
Hans - on 29 Jun 2013
In reply to Hans: Thanks for the suggestions. Search and Rescue always appealed to me but I'm not too sure how to get going with it. I really want to do an advanced first aid course, and wished I had studied something like Anatomy at Uni. Nevermind. But yeah, these are good suggestions. As to the RAF, I applied already actually but didn't get to the first interview because I was discouraged to go for what I wanted to do (translator- am fairly good at languages). Literally a five minute conversation with one of the RAF people in an office was all it took. Oh well.

Timmd on 29 Jun 2013
In reply to Hans: You've still got plenty of time at 23 to get better qualified towards Search and Rescue. I guess i'd start with the first aid, and try and find an opening somewhere, maybe volunteer or see if you can be helpful behind the scenes, so you can get word of anything like training opportunities, or something else which could help you along on your next step.

I don't have any in in depth knowledge, or even any at all to be honest, but through the conservation volunteering I've been for the past 2 and a half years, I've become trained in emergency first aid, and small trees chainsawing, and pesticide spraying and brushcutter use, and have reacently been told through the people I volunteer for about a level 3 diploma in Countryside Management (happening somewhere else), and have been accepted for it, with free funding hooray. So If I can learn to drive i'll hopefully be much more set up for a job doing something i'd like to do, than I was 2.5 years ago with vague wishes about working outdoors somehow. Just starting to get into the education/getting people enthused side of things a little bit.

This has been in the past two and a half years with me now being aged 33. I guess you've quite a lot of reasons to just go for it, from having a lot of time on your side, and could be reasonably hopeful of getting to where you'd like to be, perhaps if you start off being helpful for a group doing what you'd like to do?
Stanners - on 29 Jun 2013
Royal Marines Reserves if your considering part time in the forces!
SteveoS - on 29 Jun 2013
A reservist stint may suit you, minimal commitment (If needed) but opens doors to other pathways.
ice.solo - on 30 Jun 2013
In reply to Hans:

youre doing the right thing. if you dont always fit the regular work culture and have something to offer, stepping forward when youre still young enough to do something about it is great.

think tho; dynamic careers are often quite isolated, in that to make it work you need to play the long game. the skills required and the skills you end up with can set you apart from simply dropping back into the mainstream. not always, but there are lots of capable but rogueish folk out there who peaked at 40 and now either drink hard, are in 3rd marriages or get into trouble. not all but enough to make a stereotype.

time in the reserves (particularly the more adventurous groups) is a great call. you will meet others from other walks of life and see worlds you may not now know about. in this respect its a better option than the full time forces for now, you can go onto that of course if you want, but there are other options.
its also a fast track with credibility and renumeration to build skills and experience, something not always easy with civilian models.
effectively, it gives you choices in a sector thats quite limited, self-serving and inward looking.

so, beyond something like that (full time or part time) theres options but all are made broader if you have some academic base too. doesnt need to be a phd from the school of oriental studies, but after the sharp end stuff peaks its your brain that will sell you. and face it - younger folk are coming in all the time. in 10 years it will be a guy where you are now.
lots of ex-thunderbird ninja guys have the skill base to keep with the hot stuff, but when youre 40 you need to have stategic and management skills too, otherwise you end up doing stuff so far below your qualifications you will get depressed by it.

for the long game, maybe study a language and something that will give you status as a specialist. jobs exist in consultancy that still havve you out there, but you need leverage in the workplace. if you factor having a family or even just a residence into all this, you need a platform that grows just like a manager or consultant in any field.

anyway, along with/beyond the military theres options like SaR, international development, geo/petro, surveying, infrastructure assessment, asset strategies, disaster assistance, product/material R&D, defence projects, training, stunt and film work, safety advisor, adventure tour leading...lots of options.

a lot will be based on qualifications and stamps of approval, but nothing beats experience in this world. someone who takes the initiative to go and do relevant stuff under their own steam stands out glaringly. folks who dabble or only go where theyre told are a dime a dozen. if you can stand up and present yourself and be responsible for your own background and be shown to be willing to put your hand up for committed stuff, you will be valuable to those who understand what these things are worth.

im ranting because ive drunk lots of coffee, but i say all this from experience and im doing ok, even after making some stunningly brazen choices.

id say good luck, but its not about luck at all.
needvert on 30 Jun 2013 -
Requires more education and not moving around much but...

Hospitals definitely involve fast passed, pressure, odd hours, and things can be quite interesting.

Emergency services (paramedic, firefighter, etc...) could be fun. Police could be dull, but if you're good enough to get into a paramilitary unit it could be a lot of fun.

Definitely agree on the reserves, was on my mind. In my country goverment jobs give you special paid reservist leave.

Unfortunately in my vague view the fun jobs tend to pay less, the hard unfun jobs pay better.

Though, whatever you do like it. Otherwise, if you're anything like me, you'll be shit at it and unhappy - no matter what the pay scale.

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