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Old 11-01-2011, 05:56 PM
 
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I don't think I'm the kind of guy who wants to sit in an office, or just go to one place all the time. I'm reexamining career options, and would love to do a job that involves some long distance, or even cross country travel(not really wanting to be a truck driver, though. Does that limit me?). That, or something where there is a fair amount of air travel.

I love to travel, and would somehow like to incorporate it into my life's work. I thought about the airline industry, but there doesn't seem to be much hiring right now. Anyone know anything about courier work, or perhaps another industry that I'm not even thinking of at the moment?

Any ideas?
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Old 11-01-2011, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Have you traveled by air lately? Do you really want to do that on a frequent basis?

What is your education, your work experience?

It's not for everyone, but long-haul truck drivers are in demand. Once you get your CDL, even if you are not working regularly for any particular company, you can generally find a truck that needs a driver, driver got sick or whatever, if you look around. You say you are not interested in driving truck, but what do you know about it?
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Old 11-01-2011, 07:46 PM
 
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Sales is the best for that. In fact, I know a few who left sales because they got tired of traveling. You may have to work locally while you train
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Old 11-01-2011, 08:13 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Estimator for a big construction company. They bid jobs all over the country or even world for hospitals, schools and factories, and send people specializing in plumbing, electrical, structural and HVAC to the sites.
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Old 11-02-2011, 08:45 PM
 
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I think M3 Mitch hit the head on the nail.

What's your background, education level, expereince,etc...?
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Old 11-02-2011, 08:50 PM
 
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AUDIT.

Lots of travel, looks good on the resume. You will be in offices, but it won't be the same office everyday. That's for sure.

The downside? It is about as interesting as watching paint dry on a wall.
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Old 11-02-2011, 10:11 PM
 
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I have a teaching degree that I'm not using currently, and none of my prior jobs are related to any of the industries in which you guys have mentioned. I'm not married nor do I have any kids, though, so those wouldn't be factors for me to think about.
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Old 11-02-2011, 10:15 PM
 
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I have a teaching degree that I'm not using currently, and none of my prior jobs are related to any of the industries in which you guys have mentioned. I'm not married nor do I have any kids, though, so those wouldn't be factors for me to think about.
Sales is a good one
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Old 11-02-2011, 10:29 PM
 
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Sales. A lot of the time, sales has to do with teaching, because, often you are teaching the customer about your product, how to use it, and why it is better than anyone else's. Look at medical equipment, sales to companies providing elder services.

If you like taking pictures, my friend worked on a cruise ship, as a photographer, she made excellent money.
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Old 11-03-2011, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Ayrsley
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I love to travel, and would somehow like to incorporate it into my life's work.
As someone who spent the better part of several years as a "road warrior" (we're talking 75%+ travel for 3-4 years, enough to renew my USAir Chairman's status before the end of June every year, then down to 50% for a couple more years) I have to offer one piece of advice:

Traveling for work is in no way like traveling for leisure. While I did enjoy going to places I would have never otherwise been and did get to do a bit of sightseeing and whatnot, the truth is that when one travels for work, most of their time is going to be spent in the airport, on a plane, in a hotel room and at whatever office / work location you are supposed to be at.

Even though I travel much less now, here's one good example: A few months ago I had to go to the UK for a couple of meetings - I went to the UK (2 different cities) and back in three days...73 hours total between taking off from CLT and landing back there again.

I'm not knocking it - it can be cool to travel for work and I enjoyed it for the most part (I was starting to burn out on it by the last year or so). But if you only want to do this because you "love to travel" for non-work purposes - be aware that it is a completely different kind of travel.
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