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Old 11-17-2010, 09:55 AM   #29
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As a former Floridian, I am very glad to be out of South Florida. However the Space Coast is still not overrun, so as others say, check out the areas you are considering to move to. Wyoming can have brutal winters. But I would have to say the wide open West has many positives over the encroaching population of Florida.

They are building a new spaceport in New Mexico and Albuquerque has opportunities for high tech jobs for someone with your experience.

Also check out travel nursing if that is where you want to go. You can do 13 week stints in various locations depending upon demand. Fastaff in Denver is a good company that I used to do work for...

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Old 11-17-2010, 11:27 AM   #30
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But I would have to say the wide open West has many positives over the encroaching population of Florida.
I guess I was pretty hard on Wyoming. My point was that it is very different than Florida, but if i had to choose between them, I'd pick Wyoming every time. My parents lived in the Dade Co. area for 25 years and I couldn't stand the place. My mother lived in Clearwater for 5 years and although it was easier to take than Dade Co., it wasn't what I liked either. We do like the Keys. But everyone is different and an abrupt change in location can be unsettling.

My mother was a nurse in the 1930's. She quit when she married as women did in those days, but before that, she worked as a private nurse and in hospitals. From what she told me and what I have heard from others, as a generalization, nursing means contact with people all the time—patients, doctors, administrators, lab people (my wife was one of those)—and if you are good with people and at communicating well, that's very important to being good at nursing. It also requires a lot of patience. Patients are vulnerable and certainly not at their best and doctors can be obnoxious. Again, as a general thing, engineers have a reputation of being good with engineering and numbers, but not so good with people and communicating. These are all generalizations, and I only point them out to suggest that it's important to know your strengths and limitations when considering changing fields.

I think it is great you are looking at big changes, willing to listen to others, and are a risk taker. You have to be now. Few people do the same thing for the same employer for a lifetime now.


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Old 11-17-2010, 12:26 PM   #31
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Just a quick plug for Arizona, we've got a lot of senior residents and hospitals/care facilities; and mild winters would make living in your Airstream a possibility, if you wanted to do that. Also, there are several high-tech aerospace, military and commercial electronics manufacturing facilities here if you decide to stay in your current career field.

Phoenix and Tucson are relative large cities with most cultural activities (symphony, opera, theater and concerts) and professional sports (football, basketball, hockey, NASCAR, etc.). We enjoy city/suburban living with lots of outdoor activites.

The only drawback is the hot summer weather, though you get used to it. Besides, that's what the Airstream is for. In the summer, the mountains and lakes are only a few hours drive away.
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Old 11-17-2010, 03:41 PM   #32
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Another plug for nursing... I'm a peds ICU RN and love it! That said, nursing can be physical work in the general med/surg field. While I do think there's a bit of a glut of nurses right now, it's only seems to be in certain specialized fields. I'll also advocate going for a BSN degree vs. an ADN degree. I know A LOT of very talented ADN nurses, but hospitals don't seem to notice you for a specialized program unless you have a BSN attached. Usually it's only a year or so more of school, but it does open a lot of doors that may not open with the ADN.

Travel nursing is an option, but I really suggest you get at LEAST a year under your belt before you travel.

How bout you look even further West to Seattle? Boeing or other aviation fields may have what you're looking for in the engineering arena. Another thought is to take your medical interest and go into Bio-medical engineering....

Financially, if you could swing it, it may be nice to take a year off and see what's available or calling to you. Yes 20 yrs is "short", but really, you have the rest of your life to work. Might as well do something you enjoy.
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Old 11-17-2010, 04:09 PM   #33
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I second the comment from Mojo..there are a LOT of new possibilities in space travel between Virgin's efforts and many others. Space exploration is not dead it is just moving into the private sector where it will thrive! Someone with your background may be invaluable to these companies as they get going, so don't give up your career, just rethink it! In the very near future, NASA will not be the only game in town!
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Old 11-17-2010, 05:41 PM   #34
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I wouldn't sweat the 40+ thing. I was 52 when I quit a high paying corporate job as an electrical engineer. There are a lot of pluses to the SIMPLE LIFE. I would make a list of what the most important items are; ie cell phone, satellite, shopping, dining etc. As for movies and the like, we have satellite TV and see most of the new movies once they are out on DVD, the Dish Networks make them available and they're $5.00. It's a $40 bill when two go to the movies in Denver. Contrary to popular belief we do have movie theaters here. There is a twin just 8 miles from us. It costs between $5.00 and $7.50 to see a movie, with popcorn and such it's about $20.00 for two.
The words traffic jam are not in our vocabulary or rush hour for that matter.
We've lived here 14 years relocating from the mountains of Colorado and have no regrets.
If we had unlimited funds and could afford to live in Colorado, I would make another change at this point in my life (65+) without hesitation. But it is too expensive these days.
I say "Take the leap and enjoy the journey"
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Old 11-18-2010, 06:36 AM   #35
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Join the many other Floridians who have moved to Texas, the land of opportunity.
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Old 11-18-2010, 07:35 AM   #36
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Greetings from a fellow McET, we're a somewhat misunderstood bunch, aren't we?

Right after I turned 43, I took a year and a half off from the high tech world (working for GE Aerospace in Daytona Beach) and moved back to my home town in Montana to start a flying year and a half ever. Got a call from some former colleagues in SLC who made me an offer i couldn't turn down...that ended that dream but I had zero regrets.

The time away didn't seem to affect my marketability back then so follow your gut and do what you need to do.

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Old 11-19-2010, 06:37 AM   #37
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Gee Wiz --- you all have offered me so many considerations! I have been reading along but haven't had adequate time to reply in kind. A few developments at work and personal that have distracted me for a few days. Today I heading north for a few days - started out by me-self & pup in the Silver Olive and now have 6! Time to pull out the sleeping bags.

I am still awaiting a call from WY. No news is good news? Again, thanks for giving me you take on things - it does help!

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Old 07-01-2011, 10:38 AM   #38
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Well, here I am again - re-reading all of your posts.... Why? Because I'm still *stumped*.

I received my layoff notice a couple weeks ago - July 29. Ouch. Since last year I've had about half-a-dozen interviews for engineering related opportunities. Only one has resulted in an offer (Rockford IL) but was in a discipline in which I am uncomfortable, Electrical Engineering. Additionally, timing was bad, contract was still in development, and project didn't stimulate my interest (maybe it was due to all the unknowns too). I have applied for some other engineering/project management positions that look interesting but haven't had any response thus far...

Nursing is still way back on the burners. I am just not excited about the outlook - and absolutely have no interest in working in skilled facilities, physician office, et. al. I may be interested in nursing for the wrong reasons. But, I am prepared to re-apply and possibly apply to PA school. I spent a couple years getting all the requirements, so I should at least apply, right?

And, I've continued to *covet* the Ranch type jobs. I have keep in contact with the animal rehab ranch in WY and they may have another position open soon. Ahhhh. What to do, what to do. Here is their website Kindness Ranch in case anyone has further comments for me to consider!!! I have been warned that it is extremely remote and with varied temperatures. They provide housing (a permanent yurt, no less).

So, I'm still/again soliciting input, thoughts, jokes, job offers, etc.

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Old 07-01-2011, 11:52 AM   #39
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Interested in a good fiction writers views re; Wyoming vs. the Southeastern US? Tim Sandlin's novels kept me entertained for awhile about Wyoming life. Try "Spare Parts" or "Rowdy in Paris" or "Western Swing".

It's kinda like Tim Dorsey mixed with James Lee Burke.

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