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Old 08-09-2015, 10:19 PM
Location: Niceville, FL
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Originally Posted by TinBo View Post

I've tried narrowing down what my career paths are based on interest, if not capability:

Rescue: (Forest) Firefighting, Smoke Jumping, EMS, SARs

Journalism: (Freelance) Journalist, Reporter, Photographer

Earth Science: GIS, Mining, Oil Drilling, Urban Planning
Combine #1 and #3 into something in the emergency management or disaster preparedness fields. How do you responsibly build a house or a town in a hurricane surge zone or along the 'ring of fire'? How do you run recovery operations when disaster does strike?
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Old 08-10-2015, 09:01 AM
Location: NoVa
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VeganWriter gave good advice there and you owe it to yourself to research more on it, and speak with people with differing views other than what you've heard thus far. Disgruntled people will only spew negativity, so find people who are happy to have served in the military and find out why they're happy about it. You'll get a more well-rounded picture for yourself so you can make an educated decision in the end.

As someone who hires a lot of transitioning military people, I can tell you that the majority of them have never even been in a combat zone, let alone fired a single bullet in combat. Most of them have never even been stationed overseas.

People sometimes forget the US military is also a giant corporation, albeit non-profit, but it's run like a corporation with thousands of positions to be filled with much better benefits than private sector. You can serve the military in thousands of areas that benefit a lot of people, from telecommunication, engineering, medical, logistics, environment, energy, health research, operations research, GIS, etc, etc. US military (DARPA, to be exact) invented the internet, did you know that?
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Old 08-12-2015, 08:17 PM
Location: Memphis, TN
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Originally Posted by Jesse44 View Post
Why not collect some savings (when you can), apply for that visa, and then take off to Australia? You have an entire year to try to establish some sort of connection that might get you sponsored for an actual career down there once your working holiday visa runs out.
You know, that sounds like a good idea, but the more I think about things, and the more I see that even in a place like Memphis there are great people, and how even in places like New Zealand and Australia there is a lot of danger and trash in the world, I don't even care if I stay in the US anymore, and I'm in no hurry to leave the US altogether, unless things get really bad out of nowhere within the next six years.

Yes, I know I said I wouldn't get back on this until later, but after reading what VeganWriter said, and doing some thinking and research, I am starting to like the sound of the Coast Guard.

When I compare what I've been told about the US to what I've heard and seen in other countries, the US really is one of the few countries where I'm not at a huge disadvantage because of who I am, and it really is one of the few free places left in the world, even if it isn't by most Americans' standards.

The Coast Guard sounds like a great way to see more of the world and gain lots of work and life experience, and it will let me do some of the things I wanted to do in life, as well. I am also assuming that the work experience that I gain in the Coast Guard will help me get a job in another country, should I ever need to leave.

Also, most of what my dad tells me DOES sound like running away from issues out of fear, but that's dad: A middle-aged, blue-eyed, Caucasian-American man in his mid 50s who's already has a wife and kids. I'm nothing like that. I'm 20 years old, African-American, brown-eyed, I have no wife, no children, and I have no interest in running nor being weak.

To him, running away to some Cenrtral-South American country and travelling cheaply for the rest of his life sounds like paradise because he's at the endgame of his life, and he's been around long enough to remember a time when the US was slightly better.

Me, I want to find a place to start a career, have a relationship, maybe have a wife and (maybe) even kids, and find a sense of purpose and (maybe) belonging. I also am sure that I have more fight and energy than a 50-something year-old does, no offense.

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Old 08-16-2015, 05:03 PM
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A long winded post. Its information overload to the point that I dont know what your asking. Get two or three important things and go with that. Bigotry, crime and poverty are everywhere.

I suggest you move to a low crime area in the US. Why would you want to leave America? At least live in different regions. What about toronto or montreal Canada? Travel a bit and decide.
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Old 08-16-2015, 11:06 PM
Location: Mesa
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Originally Posted by TinBo View Post
No, I'm not literate in Spanish, French, and Portuguese, but I can certainly learn it, now. I took an elementary Spanish I class during my time in college. I remember Spanish some-what confusing me, and now I'm gonna take Elementary Spanish II, this upcoming semester, but now I've got to study hard to make sure I get past it all.

What is the best way to learn a language outside of practicing it with other Spanish-speakers?
Watch the Spanish soap operas on Univision.

Seriously. You'll get practice in listening to it, and it's entertaining as heck.

Be aware, though, that most of the time the Spanish taught in formal classes is Castillian spanish, and that isn't really used by most hispanic groups in the US. So far, the only place I've been where they speak pure Castillian is central and northern New Mexico. Which isn't so strange since the founding families here were from Spain, not Mexico/Columbia/Guatemala/etc.

As for speaking Spanish, try to find some bi-lingual groups. If you were in Tx or farther west, I'd suggest a bilingual Toastmasters club. Actually, if there is a significant latino population where you are, you might already have one. Great group, in the bilingual clubs, English speakers have to give speeches and reply in Spanish; and mainly Spanish speakers have to speak in English. Great way to learn to speak and listen in your chosen language.
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