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Old 02-14-2019, 08:42 AM   #81
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I had just bought a nightclub and would quit being a cop a couple of months later. Shit done changed!
Sounds like an 80's tv series. An ex cop buys a nightclub.. just wait till you see what he's gotten himself into!
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Old 02-14-2019, 08:47 AM   #82
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I started some computer classes in HS, back in the early 80's (PDP 11 I think?) and got out for a while. Got my water distribution license, went to afternoon HS Vo-Tech classes for water/wastewater treatment. Thought I would work in a water treatment plant. Did so for a while, but it was always temp work. They were actually one of the first to go computerized in the country too! After they never had a p[arm. opening, I ended up moving to Texas, going to some night school for programming, ended up in Tech. Been in the same area since 1987 of tech, until last April where I Xfered to Internal Audit. Hate that tho, so looking to Xfer back out. Endless opportunities at Citi, so I have a lot of choices luckily.
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Old 02-14-2019, 08:56 AM   #83
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I guess I never put any thought into it when I was younger. I just kinda went wherever life took me. The only careers I ever dreamed of having were professional fisherman and then later on a forest ranger.

I realized pretty early on that I liked being able to control/increase my income with commission. That, combined with a knack for relating to all kinds of different folks, and being at least somewhat persuasive, led me naturally to a career in sales. That eventually led to me where I am now, a physician recruiter. I never imagined doing this, but I've had a lot of success, and I work for a company that appreciates me, and leaves me alone to do my job the way I want to do it, including working from home and having flexibility with my schedule.

I think I'd still like to be a forest ranger, but probably not enough to take the pay cut, and only if I could pick my location. I'd drop everything today if I thought I could actually make a living immediately and consistently as a professional fisherman.
I have been one of those back in the day, great location at the time but relatively low pay like you mentioned. Have since been a land surveyor, which was also great work in my opinion followed by environmental specialist/inspector.
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Old 02-14-2019, 09:00 AM   #84
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I always had a plan to get into the public safety field. Been in LE for 12 years now (I'm 33).
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Old 02-14-2019, 09:05 AM   #85
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here, let me pat myself on the back too...
I personally am humbled by the way it's all unfolded, a little bit of hard work, a bit of luck, a lot of sacrifice, and at the end of the day I only had a small role to play. In reading some other's stories, they've worked their asses of to get where they are at, and are well deserving of a pat on the back.
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Old 02-14-2019, 09:30 AM   #86
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I think I'd still like to be a forest ranger, but probably not enough to take the pay cut, and only if I could pick my location.
I think you'd like this book: Fire Season - Philip Connors
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Old 02-14-2019, 04:48 PM   #87
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I think you'd like this book: Fire Season - Philip Connors
I'll check it out!
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Old 02-15-2019, 12:08 PM   #88
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I never really knew what I wanted to do. I did IT for a few years but never did any certs. Got married, had a kids on top of three step kids so we were living paycheck to paycheck. Then one day I figured I'd try out truck driving. Started out with flatbed then moved onto car hauling. Just moved to Reliable Carriers back in October and I love it. My wife doesn't work, I have the little ones in daycare and all bills paid no problem. It's the first time since I can remember where im not worried about money.
Yeah, I thought you were gonna be a cop....Not Cobra.
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Old 02-15-2019, 01:27 PM   #89
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Yeah, I thought you were gonna be a cop....Not Cobra.
I made it all the way to the end, then they dropped me after the oral review board because they felt that I was being untruthful on one of my answers. After that I said fuck it.
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Old 02-15-2019, 01:48 PM   #90
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I made it all the way to the end, then they dropped me after the oral review board because they felt that I was being untruthful on one of my answers. After that I said fuck it.
well that is a shitty slap in the face.
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Old 02-15-2019, 02:00 PM   #91
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I made it all the way to the end, then they dropped me after the oral review board because they felt that I was being untruthful on one of my answers. After that I said fuck it.
I've got a close friend that applied to probably 15 different cities around the metroplex. He got to the oral review a few times, didn't get past the first round a few times and got dropped somewhere in the middle the other times. He's a jailer now.
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Old 02-15-2019, 02:06 PM   #92
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I made it all the way to the end, then they dropped me after the oral review board because they felt that I was being untruthful on one of my answers. After that I said fuck it.
If I would have had to do a real oral board for my first job in LE I would have probably never made it. It is not a perfect system. I have seen guys on oral boards over the years, proud that they got to someone. The applicant tries at the next agency and gets doubted because of the previous oral board, it is a viscous cycle. Takes a lot to change the culture at a PD, and some never learn or change.
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