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Old 08-07-2017, 01:27 PM
 
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Not going to Facebook the first time they knocked on my door (pre-IPO).
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Old 08-07-2017, 02:07 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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That would be a big Ouch!
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Old 08-07-2017, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Things have turned out OK (for now) but I do have some regrets.

1) Not leaving this area for college when I turned 18. At a minimum, I should have gone to UT-Knoxville, if not leaving the area/state entirely. There isn't much opportunity here in northeast TN and the school didn't have the connections to help students get good jobs.

2) Not more aggressively looking for work before I graduated college in 2010. The economy was terrible and I got a job, so I guess I was better off than some, but was hired out of field and never got back on track.

3) Once I was hired at the call center, I didn't try to get out aggressively enough at first. I was just glad to have anything at all.

4) Moved to Iowa for a year for another call center job in 2012. Fun experience, but I should have never moved there. Once there, I should not have moved back to Tennessee, as Iowa's economy is a lot better than here.

5) I switched jobs in early 2016. The place looked great on paper, but I just had a gut feeling to not take it. I figured how bad could it really be. It was a horrible job.
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Old 08-07-2017, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Planet Woof
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I was an officer in the Navy during the Reagan years. Sometimes I regret not staying on active duty for 20 years instead of 5. I would have retired in 2000 with a very good retirement and full benefits. I could have gone to law school on my military education benefit and become a JAG officer, which attracted me at the time.
I didn't and I truly believe that my life unfolded the way it was supposed to, so it's ok.
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Old 08-07-2017, 09:48 PM
 
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Things have turned out OK (for now) but I do have some regrets.

1) Not leaving this area for college when I turned 18. At a minimum, I should have gone to UT-Knoxville, if not leaving the area/state entirely. There isn't much opportunity here in northeast TN and the school didn't have the connections to help students get good jobs.

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ETSU?


For myself, like several others have said, even looking back, I made the best decisions I could given the information I had at the time. For the most part enjoyed what I do and can't say I'd do anything different.
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Old 08-08-2017, 06:26 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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ETSU?


For myself, like several others have said, even looking back, I made the best decisions I could given the information I had at the time. For the most part enjoyed what I do and can't say I'd do anything different.
Yep, I went to ETSU. There were some great professors, some of whom are personal friends and contacts of mine still, but overall, they just didn't have the resources or notoriety to help students network and get good jobs out of the area. With the area's economy as weak as it is, it's hard for graduates there to get a foothold in the job market.
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Old 08-21-2017, 06:14 AM
 
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Turning down manager at KFC when I was 32
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