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   Posted 6/7/2011 3:02 PM (GMT -6)   
This long road of anxiety/depression the last 2 years has enabled me to learn a LOT about myself.  One of the things that I am really truly starting to realize is, I do not believe that I am a white collar kind of guy.  I sit behind the desk all day and just daydream and think of a million different things that I could be doing, and don't really care about exactly what I am doing (bank teller).  It seems absolutely pointless, although I know the job is necessary.  I just want to get started in a career in which I will actually be happy and financially happy as well.  This isn't it.
So what then?  I have no experience in construction or in any kind of trades really.  My work experience in the past is working in deli's, working for my fathers food manufacturing company, a short stint at a vitamin selling company, and now working in the bank.  I know a lot of these jobs don't really make sense with one another, I guess it was just because I was looking to so desperatley get out of my family business.  But now I'm realizing that, although that still isn't a good fit (I don't think it is yet anyways), I still think that I am more or less that type of guy.  The busy, stay moving, active type of job.  Not this sit around and ponder life while at work and stare out the window kind of guy.
I guess my question for this post would be does anyone have any experience with union type jobs?   Or construction jobs?  I'm thinking that something like that in which I would be active and busy and feeling like I'm actually learning something useful (I could maybe down the road start a side business on small construction jobs or something).  It frustrates me that now I have this job in which I make no money, and I have no skills or trades in which I could make money on the side on the weekends or something.  Anyone who has any advice or tips on how I would maybe get started in a trade type job or any way to maybe started on a productive career would be appreciated :)
Been getting extremely frustrated lately over my financial situation and how badly I hate my job currently.  I think about quitting everyday and I know it's just a matter of time before I just leave the sitting behind the desk bank job in the past.

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   Posted 6/7/2011 3:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mike,

Know that the building trades is down right now because people can't afford homes. Everybody is losing their homes. Make sure that this isn't just another episode of you being unhappy. You have a stable job right now, it is easy and it is secure. Don't mess that up over over thinking. Make sure that you are physically fit for a construction job. The manual labor is hard and it is hot out. That type of work really takes a toll on a man's body. You wear out fast. I would really rethink this before you make any decisions. I don't know what you are looking for, but you better look at what you already have before you fudge it up. Just being honest Mike.

And this is just my opinion. There are probably going to be others coming along with theirs. I coulde be totally wrong. But this is how it looks from my standpoint.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 6/9/2011 6:55 AM (GMT -6)   


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   Posted 6/9/2011 11:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I grew up in a union state,'ll have a lot of money taken out
of your checks for union dues, and they say a lot, but hardly ever truly back up.
My brother had a part time job at Krogers in Michigan and his first paycheck
was so bad, because of all the union dues it did not pay for him to work there...
There was a time when union truly we're needed, they helped you, and all,
but now a days...
I guess if a union job is what you want then try it, to see for yourself...
* So many dx's I could write a book* "It would be nice if we could use the edit button in real life"...
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