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Old 11-18-11, 07:23 PM   #1
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Warning: this is going to be another soap opera/life advice type of threads, so feel free to offer up rational input or Fooish ones- it doesn't really matter right now.

Okay, just turned 40, have little college education, and am currently looking at a 50/50 chance of losing my job. I work for the "movies by mail" division of a entertainment company. Proposed Postal changes would mean the closure of the local Postal plant. Which means it wouldn't make sense in the grand scheme of things for my employer to stay in its current location. Gut tells me if the plant closes, then my D.C. will either close or relocate down the turnpike. If that happens, I'm out of a job.

Currently looking for a supplemental revenue stream (aka part time job), more than likely food service or retail. However, now I'm wondering if I shouldn't just concentrate on finding a new full time gig instead. No longer supposed to drive a car (per Dr's orders) and is unwise for me to drive a forklift or any other motorized material handling equipment.

I'm thinking it's time for some retraining, but I'm having a hard time figuring it out. I can't stand traditional college courses, yet the non-traditional programs tend not to have the best career placement numbers. My social skills suck, and my vision is only to continue to degenerate. So none of the stand-by jobs like OTR trucker or welding is going to work

Criminal Justice appeals to me one on level, but ultimately it would mean a desk job, and I was born with external plumbing (no offense ladies, but some fields just seem to be dominated by females). Same goes with the Medical field; more of Health Admin type, as I'm squeamish when it comes to blood and other bodily fluids...
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Old 11-18-11, 07:44 PM   #2
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What do you do at the current job? Anything transplantable? What skills have you?
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Maybe something involving phone work, like a call dispatcher?
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Old 11-18-11, 08:37 PM   #4
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Current job is working with DVD's. My primary responsibility is the operation and maintenance of a mail sort machine. I work with an Omega that has been modified just enough so that my company doesn't get into trouble, as our primary competitor has the same supplier as we do.[video]http://youtu.be/aFwseSBDfUI[/video]. And I've had to get my wife help me troubleshoot the thing on more than one occasion. If it weren't for them frowning on nepotism, I'd have gotten her on to replace me when she needed a job. She's way more qualified to work on the guts of that machine.

I've been in warehouse/distribution for better than a decade now. From retail drug store chain, stationary/office supplies, a paper company that also sold janitorial, industrial supplies, restaurant, and corrugated boxes. Now doing this gig for like 4 years- boring, but the best pay I've ever had. Plus, 600 DVDs weigh less than 30 pounds, which is way easier on my body than 5 plus gallon buckets of chemicals (wrestling a 55 gallon drum that is tipped over is an experience I'd like not to repeat) and 110# rolls of steel banding.
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I feel for you. I know what it's like to find out that the light at the end of the tunnel is a freight train.
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Yes, taking the long view while you are still working is the good thing.

Have you checked out What Color is your Parachute? It's a good tool for assessing directions for the job changer. It will probably give you some clues. I'm sure your library has a copy. I've done it before and did it early this year after I was laid off, just as a double-check.

You've told us what you don't want, but that still leaves a lot out there. Good luck.
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Maybe something involving phone work, like a call dispatcher?
That is one field that is well represented in this town. Dish (newly acquired overlords of my company), DirectTV, Avis, ATT, IBM, Coca-Cola, West Corp.,- that's just the inbound centers, and doesn't include the outbound sales or collections. However, I don't have the best eye/hand coordination. I type roughly 40 wpm, and have a hard time following a mouse cursor, so constantly changing screens/fields would be an issue.
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Have you considered stepping outside your comfort zone and apply for Managerial / Supervisory work (ie: Warehouse Supervisor) ... I realize you didn't mention whether or not you've had Supervisory experience before, however I'm taking a guess from the tone of your posts.

You must have some skills working in a distribution center for over a decade, that would transfer well to a Supervisory Level position. Keep in mind that while North American Manufacturing type jobs are far and few inbetween, trade will always require Distribution. Wave of the future ... and you already have some experience.
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Have you considered stepping outside your comfort zone and apply for Managerial / Supervisory work (ie: Warehouse Supervisor) ... I realize you didn't mention whether or not you've had Supervisory experience before, however I'm taking a guess from the tone of your posts.

You must have some skills working in a distribution center for over a decade, that would transfer well to a Supervisory Level position. Keep in mind that while North American Manufacturing type jobs are far and few inbetween, trade will always require Distribution. Wave of the future ... and you already have some experience.
Oddly enough, I hired on to my current employer as 'Group Lead', which is the lowest form of managerial position in the company. Back in December of '08, I was driving the company van as part of my duties to OKC and back every night. My wife was concerned, so I went and had an eye exam. That's when the Doc said I was legally blind and let it be known that I shouldn't be driving- PERIOD. So, told my boss... and went from FT supervisor to PT clerk (and a $2/hr pay cut) in short order.

Prior to the warehouse/distribution track, I was in food service managment.
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Old 11-18-11, 09:49 PM   #10
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you might check out some of the Industrial Maintenance programs = they can cover anything from electrical plant to windmill plant to chemical plant settings - many of the Vo-Tech centers in WV are adding this technical training as it seems to be a growth occupation. Also, check in with your state's Vocational Rehabilitation Office; they can help you find suitable training, they can pay for it for you, and provide any technical assistance you might need while going to school. Depending on their funding levels, they can also assist with transportation. They can cover anything from short programs to 4 year degrees. Good luck!
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Old 11-18-11, 10:06 PM   #11
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I've registered with Vo-Rehab twice. The last career assessment showed I'd best be a radio operator. I'm hoping to get back with the program, but the household a.g.i. may be too high to qualify. And I can't stand college. Actually, it's the courses that aren't relevant to the job that I don't like. I'm more of a certificate kind of guy, I guess. It's taken me 5 tries at post secondary education to come to this conclusion.
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point is, if you are on your way out of a job, your AGI is going to change... Look into your local Vo-Tech or Community College certificate program offerings.
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FWIW: I had a career-ish thing going for a while doing software testing. (Push button until something breaks. Repeat. Document findings.) When that petered out in about '03, I looked around and ended up going through the local community college Pharmacy Technician program. That took about 18 months, but a local hospital hired me before I graduated the program and got certified.

It's a decent job. It's secure, it's benefited, I have too much to do, but it's pretty fun. I specialize in keeping the automated dispensing machines running, which is an odd niche, but needed. The combination of pharmacy tech certification, computer knowledge, and mechanical ability is odd, to say the least. It also helps that my co-workers put up with my wacky personality.
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You seem to be in position for going back to school for some classes of your choice and that is good. Have you looked into civil service/ working for the city? It's usually a steady job with decent pay. Sure, you will have to go into places and do things that nobody else (in their right mind) is willing to do, work long hours, work weekends/ nights/ holidays, take more than your share of abuse from irate citizens and have to meet unrealistic deadlines but the good side is you can usually retire 10 years sooner than your counterpart working in the private sector.

If anything, you can work while you study for something else. Some cities help pay for their employees studies.
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Great, my wife has decided to help motivate me by playing the 'cut off card', if ya know what a I mean.
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Could you do something that combines your knowledge of mailing with self employment, like the people who make a living off of ebay? A friend of mine paid off the $30,000 credit card debt his wife had wracked up without telling him by doing that.
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