lobstaboy wrote:It's a mistake to make a career (or to start a business) doing something that you love - it ruins it for you.
On the other hand they say if you do what you love as a job, you'll never have to work another day in your life.
I've always loved telecomms. I still love it, after working in it for 27 years. Part of that though is not being promoted and doing what I still love rather than paper pushing. I have to make do with an engineer's salary though...
That is what I have been trying to do with my current job, unfortunately I have had the misfortune to be on a number of projects that have been short lived and they have all been different so I have not been able to specialise properly and I have had the misfortune to fall into that cycle due to being available and thinking "yeah if I show willing to take on new challenges it will help", that thought train seemed to be naive at best. I also found myself pigeon holed into a role that I utterly loathed (mainly because of the utterly hideous toolset that we were using) which had me dragged off a project that would have been something to be proud of – that went to another site. It has hampered any attempt at getting the experience needed to become a senior engineer and more recently just as I was getting towards that point on something I had broken the back of and was finally starting to enjoy I heard the words I was dreading "we have decided you need a change" despite not being asked if I wanted one and I was moved teams with no consultation and I now start at the bottom again.
The frustration borne from this situation has left me jaded and cynical beyond my years and it has actually put me in a worse position for technical knowledge than a lot of the more recent ex-apprentices with less than half the years in the company as me as the new software apprenticeships rather than general technical apprenticeships mean they require way less on the job training, I come as do most from my era from an electrical and electronics background, unfortunately when I came out of my time there were no jobs in systems so I was offered one in software, I took it. In reality you could say what has been a second choice career from day one became a second choice within a second choice (does that make it a fourth or third choice).
Naturally I am going to have one last push at getting on before I start the process of jumping ship - which will be a long road anyway it will be several years before I am ready to go for it in real terms as I have other financial commitments that I need to see through first.
I posted this thread to get opinions mainly on whether it was worth trying to find a way of funding going rotary (as I really fancy giving it a go) as it seems a bit more niche and therefore might be a better chance of landing a job post CPL(H) completion
or sticking with fixed wing given the hours already accumulated.
Smoke me a Kipper, I'll be back for breakfast.