Author Topic: Career Advice/Guidance  (Read 1809 times)


  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
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Career Advice/Guidance
« on: February 23, 2014, 07:58:53 PM »
Hello Mustachians,

I have enjoyed a frugal and somewhat mustachian lifestyle for quite some time. At times I have been frugal only because I had to be. I value my time and freedom over money or anything it can buy. I understand this blog is about making smart financial decisions to earn a lifetime of freedom. The army taught me to appreciate my freedom. I took seven vacations last year with no paid time off.

As I am approaching my third decade of living, I am looking for a career field that will continue giving me freedom and flexibility while also giving me an income to work towards financial independence. I enjoy serving the community that serves me, and I enjoy helping others. I enjoy an active work environment to compliment an active lifestyle.

I enjoy my freedom too much to have a career in the military. I did mechanic work and support during Operation Iraqi Freedom which earned me a lifetime of free health insurance from any VA hospital. I believe that was a wise investment with my time. I do enjoy working on vehicles, buying and selling them. I have thought about gaining some knowledge, wisdom and experience from a local mechanic shop.

My sister introduced me to this site, and she suggest that I look into radiology technician programs. She and her husband work with nuclear medicine, and I believe a hospital job will give me an active work environment while providing a valuable service and many opportunities all over the country. I have taken two years of pre-requisites for this two year program, and I have been on the two year waiting list for, you guessed it, nearly two years. Tomorrow morning I will be going to a local hospital to sign of for volunteer work.

Since I was unable to get into community college classes this semester, I have been looking into other ways to further my education. I talked to a team leader with Keller Williams who informed me that Keller Williams will reimburse 80% of my tuition cost for the 6 week real estate classes. The classes cost $850 which was supposed to come out of my tax return. Since the classes start on Thursday, and I have not yet received my return, I need to find a solution.

I am currently doing warehouse work for This is a temp job, but I think the owner would be happy to give me a check on Monday or Tuesday instead of Friday, so that I could get these classes started. I am also making deliveries for Denver Delivery Dish, providing meal deliveries all over Denver. I do enjoy making a little extra on the side from buying and selling on craigslist and ebay. Instead of purchasing a tv, cable, netflix, or hulu, I have a profitable hobby of buying and selling collections of dvds. I have also flipped laptops and cell phones.

I have worked for too many restaurants for the last ten years. While I enjoy the restaurant industry, the people, the freedom and the flexibility, I need to work towards a career with stability and growth potential. Real Estate may not have a whole lot of stability, but I can create and grow my own business with plenty of growth potential.

The temporary warehouse job could be over in a few weeks. I do believe my delivery job and side gigs can support me while learning and getting started in real estate. Where do I go from here?


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Re: Career Advice/Guidance
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2014, 11:30:21 AM »
A great combination of being handy and hospital work is being a biomedical engineer. You can get into it by proving that you are good at troubleshooting and fixing problems. It's a field with lots of on the job training and if you can get on at a hospital there is good stability and regular hours.


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Re: Career Advice/Guidance
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2014, 11:39:15 AM »
being handy and hospital work also includes hospital electrician, hospital plumber.  If you have an interest in electronics, then medical electronics technician (keeps the various monitoring gizmos working and in repair).