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Old 08-25-06, 10:24 AM
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I think I am finally tired of teaching. I have been teaching for a loooooong time, and I want to go into another field when I retire in three years. I want to go into something that does not have ANYTHING to do with children! I would consider going back to school to learn a new trade.

My kids say "Occupational Therapist, Mom" or "Why not be a pharmacist?" but I don't want to go to school forever. I am not a good salesperson. I don't want to work at WalMarts (although the employee discounts would be tempting). I hunt and peck when I type, so a secretarial job is out. My hillbilly accent would keep me from being a good receptionist. I am too chicken to go into any medical or law enforcement line of work.

I am stumped. Any suggestions?
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Old 08-25-06, 10:28 AM
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Do you have an artistic flair?

How about web design? You can get into web design without going for a full degree...I'm sure there has got to be short certification courses or something.
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- i need help too... i'm now ready to start a third career after retiring from my first two (military and technical book authoring)...

- some folks turn a hobby into a vocation, but i did this with my second career (computers and software)...

- you don't say if you want full- or part-time work... in my case, work would be secondary to my cycling... the problem for me is that during the summer i'd want to only work in the afternoon, while during the winter i'd want to work in the morning!

- maybe i'll eventually end up saying:

"You want fries with that?"

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What size of a community do you live in? If your new avocation doesn't have prospects locally, would you consider re-locating? How important is income? What other interests do you have?

Not trying to pry into personal details, but the answers can have a lot to do with what you can successfully pursue.
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Massage therapist? dont have to go to school long, I think it's a year..
humm I dont know vicki, i think you pretty much know what you dont want to do, but after doing the same thing for so long, maybe it's time to get to know yourself again and ask, what do I like to do? what do I really enjoy? and then base your options on that?
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Old 08-25-06, 10:35 AM
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Originally Posted by USAZorro
What size of a community do you live in? If your new avocation doesn't have prospects locally, would you consider re-locating? How important is income? What other interests do you have?

Not trying to pry into personal details, but the answers can have a lot to do with what you can successfully pursue.
I will be getting full retirement, so I would not have to make a LOT. I am also in the process of selling my ranch, so I will be able to relocate. I live in a small college town in east Texas and I really do not want to live in a big city like Dallas or Houston.

All I have ever done since I started working is work with kids. I just don't know what else I am good at!
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9-1-1 operator, you seem pretty cool under stress, and they always need people on full time or part time shifts. Plus you get to know what's going on in town, you hear it first.
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Old 08-25-06, 10:42 AM
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Go to welding school.

I don't really know about you'd do with it. Make sculptures. Booby traps. Child cages. Repair old car frames. Become one of the coolest serial killers ever.
 
Old 08-25-06, 10:43 AM
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Around here, you can be a "pet therapist". They charge about $1000-1500/wk per pet...
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Do you enjoy doing research, or writing?
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Darlin, I have always imagined you as the type who likes to keep a nice garden. Perhaps a florist?
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Your probably in Tyler, get your real estate licensce and sell houses on all those lakes around there.
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Old 08-25-06, 10:56 AM
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Do you like books? Or searching the web for information? Getting your masters in Library Science only takes 1.5-2 years, and there are a LOT of great schools near you. You can work in an University setting, or a public library. You could be a medical librarian like me and work in a hospital, if you don't mind working with the occasional a**hat doctor every now and again. PM me if you want some more info
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Old 08-25-06, 10:59 AM
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Originally Posted by DannoXYZ
Around here, you can be a "pet therapist". They charge about $1000-1500/wk per pet...
If people pay that, it isn't the pets that need the therapy.
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Old 08-25-06, 11:27 AM
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Ms. Vicki, you're in Texas? You ought to open up a bike shop and then hire MERTON as a mechanic.

If anyone could keep him in line, it's you.


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I live in Texas and am a great bike mechanic. I can fix anything though.
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I live in Texas and am a great bike mechanic. I can fix anything though.
Yeah, but are you MERTON?

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Well MsVicki, you have 7-8 months to sort things out, and then have two opportunities (the next 2 summers) to give yourself a chance to see how much you like the new job/career. Success in Real Estate depends a lot on your temperament, but having a summer or two of experience before you are relying on it for income could make for a very neat and smooth transition for you.
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Three words: chaise lounge, beach, good book...

OK, that was five words, but it was three nouns, so don't count the adjectives.
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Despite knowing what your interests are, I suggest the following:

Dog catcher
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Trapeze artist
Contract killer
War correspondent
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I don't have an artistic bone in my body, but I do love computers. Maybe designing web pages is an idea. There are already WAY too many massage therapists in my town. No welding for me, and I am not interested in becoming a serial killer. A 9-1-1 operator is a thought! Something with pets is a possibility. Real estate is also a possibility, although there are already a LOT of realtors in this area.

And Chipcom...you have it all wrong. I absolutely HATE gardening. When I was a teenager, I lived on a commune, and I had to work in the gardens as well as milk the cows, bake the bread, churn the butter, and all that "Earth mother" stuff. Nothing to do with gardening or floral arrangements for me!

Eboo, I am liking your idea. That and the 9-1-1 operator and Regularguy's ideas are the most "do-able" so far!


Thanks for the suggestions!
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Originally Posted by CyLowe97
Yeah, but are you MERTON?

But I'm "further out-there".
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Originally Posted by MsVicki
... My hillbilly accent would keep me from being a good receptionist. I am too chicken to go into any medical or law enforcement line of work.

I am stumped. Any suggestions?
Do you really mean hillbilly (makes me think of Minnie Pearl) or that sweet Southern drawl that's so pleasant to hear / like corn on the cob it's mighty sweet on the ear*? You don't have hillbilly grammar. The best and most charmin' receptionist we ever had, way up here hundreds of miles north of San Francisco, was from the Texas Hill Country. If you like to dress stylishly and torture your hair and paint your face, you could be just the person some high class firm that prides itself on being "truly Texan" is looking for.

*From the ancient song Moonlight, Mississippi. I used to moonlight myself, at a piano bar.
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Originally Posted by MsVicki
I don't have an artistic bone in my body, but I do love computers. Maybe designing web pages is an idea. There are already WAY too many massage therapists in my town. No welding for me, and I am not interested in becoming a serial killer. A 9-1-1 operator is a thought! Something with pets is a possibility. Real estate is also a possibility, although there are already a LOT of realtors in this area.

And Chipcom...you have it all wrong. I absolutely HATE gardening. When I was a teenager, I lived on a commune, and I had to work in the gardens as well as milk the cows, bake the bread, churn the butter, and all that "Earth mother" stuff. Nothing to do with gradening or floral arrangements for me!

Eboo, I am liking your idea. That and the 9-1-1 operator and Regularguy's ideas are the most "do-able" so far!
There's already way too many web designers too...trust me on this. I'm glad you hate gardening...I hate it too, I have a brown thumb, everything I touch turns to...umm...you know. Do you like to cook? You could go house to house selling your own homemade tamales & burritos. Gawd I miss the southwest.
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You say you don't want to deal with kids, but would you consider teaching with different (i.e. older) students? What about something like continuing education? I'd imagine teaching people who are truly in school to study and get something (a job, a better life) out of it would be very rewarding.
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