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superk

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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2011 8:51 pm    Post subject: What's Your Backup Career?
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Now that I've been unemployed long-term, I can really understand why many of my former co-workers were creating their own side-businesses or companies, so they can still have some income when they ultimately lose their jobs. It makes me wonder what I could be doing now to cultivate an alternate career path. Does anyone else have an interesting side-business or other alternative to an IT career?
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I've been an adjunct math instructor at a community college since I was downsized out of a Fortune 500 company in 2002 (due to a merger). I was unemployed for over 3 months then, but used the time to prepare for my class.

I've also been tutoring high school math for years - a very lucrative side income - although slower the past few years, probably due to the economy.
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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2011 9:31 pm    Post subject:
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Well.. This is interesting question... Though I am too young in IT..
I think after some point.. I will embrace agriculture....
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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2011 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply to: What's Your Backup Career?
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I've been thinking that it might be nice to be a musician and maybe play some paying gigs once in a while. I need to be better, though.
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I've been out of work for nearly 19 months, but Belgian unemployment benefits are OK(ish).

However, if things were to go further downhill I can always sell the two houses I don't live in. That, and downsizing from the current one to something smaller would probably keep us afloat quite well for the next 25-35 years, i.e. until my mid-70'ies.

If something PL/I comes along, I'll jump at it, but right now I really don't worry about things.
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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply to: What's Your Backup Career?
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Agriculture in INDIA is a good option u'll get peace of mind & low cost of living in villages. Teaching in engineering colleges where u studied (easily we will be hired) is not a bad option either icon_lol.gif {i've been teaching kids math,science in my locality} .... so my backup is ready i think icon_wink.gif
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As Phil said, I think teaching could be an good alternative career for most..
For someone with good technical knowledge,experience and working of things(like Kevin)can try their luck with freelancing via internet through sites like

http://www.freelancer.com/projects/arc-tag/freelancing-mainframe-projects.html
http://www.ifreelance.com/Freelancers/Freelance-Mainframe-Programmers/
Wish you the best Kevin.!

Personally, I wud like to become paid professional gamer.
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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply to: What's Your Backup Career?
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I changed careers at 31 (a complete 180), but I couldn't return to that line of work, due to mandatory retirement.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 2:02 pm    Post subject: Re: What's Your Backup Career?
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What office is there which involves more responsibility, which requires more qualifications, and which ought, therefore, to be more honorable than teaching?
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I taught University level computer classes for 10 years. To do it right takes a lot of time and effort, but it can be quite rewarding (although financial rewards for part-time teaching are quite low).
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Teaching, Acting, part time BPO and IT including Java and HTML apart from Maifnrames.

I had an offer of R & D in Electronics and Instrumentation, well but incentives were not good!
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Inspired by Peter, my ideal "backup" career would be as a DJ on the "Late Night Soul and Coding Tips" show. Many times I've been told I had the "ideal face for radio".

To look at the "backup" in another way, maybe I'd "restore" to 1991 when I left a job for more money, but much less satisfaction.
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Can you get no satisfaction?
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But I try, and I try, and I try...
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2011 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply to: What's Your Backup Career?
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As they said:
"You can't always get what you want". . .

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I sell second hand cars when not working in IT
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Interested in a Rover 6.20 i ? Its of course a collectors item.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2011 5:06 am    Post subject: Reply to: What's Your Backup Career?
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The scene, a used-car lot, somewhere near Albert Square. A sign running along a Portakabin reads "ex-Pat Butcher's Tip Top Cars and Storage Management Consultancy".

A tall man arrives, looking not unlike John Cleese, except for facial features and body shape. He is admiring a Rover 6.20 i with Dutch "plates".

A "moderate"-looking man spots him through a grimy Portakabin window, and eagerly descends.

"Ah," says the tall man, "What can you tell me about this one?"

Ex-Pat grins. "Have you googled ........................ I have."

A slight look of concern crosses the tall man's face.

"Er... can I take it for a test-drive?"

"Off you go, and come back when you hit something that you have problems with."

"Hit something?" says the tall man, unconciously allowing confusion to modify his tone. "What is the petrol consumption?"

"What research have you performed yourself?" asks Ex-Pat.

"Well, I don't know, I was hoping you would."

"Click HERE to access the documentation," replies Ex-Pat.

"It looks big, I don't know if it'll fit in my garage," says the tall man, trying to get a grip of himself.

"If you are unsure, the best bet would be to talk to your storage people."

"What's the top speed she'll do?"

"Well, visually should not take more than one minute, and to me that is quick enough."

"Are you sure it is not just a piece of junk?"

"Define "JUNK"", says Ex-Pat, quick as a whip.

"Er, how much"?

"You have to speak to the people who have developed the charging strategy."

"No, I mean for cash."

"750 euros a day."

"Er... I don't understand."

"Have you asked your peers?"

"No, but I have the money with me."

"I think that you have omitted some vital information here," says Ex-Pat, feeling he is close to a deal. "How much?"

"300 quid," says the tall man.

"Done," says Ex-Pat, "Also, as an aside, if the file is DASD resident I would suggest a BLKSIZE of 27998 to maximise the storage capabilities."

The tall man reaches into his pocket for the 300 quid, but decides the whole thing is too strange, and legs it sharpish.

Ex-Pat looks on as the "mark" disappears into the distance. "That's the 13th guy who's done that this week," he says to himself. "Must be something wrong with that car."
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Bill, maybe you should consider sit com writing as a fallback.
Ooooooooooooooooh, my sides still hurt after reading that one

Oh BTW, after seeing such libelous writings you will hear from my solicitors next week - Messrs Suethem and Cashin icon_lol.gif
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PeterHolland wrote:
Interested in a Rover 6.20 i ? Its of course a collectors item.

Peter, a couple of weeks ago when sitting in the showroom, my interest was piqued by seeing a gull wing door open next to the fuel pumps. So feeling young, brave and foolhardy (Well two out of three ain't bad icon_lol.gif ) decided to investigate.

A LHD 1954 Mercedes 300SL beautifully restored inside and out, complete with its matching white leather picnic box, and so got talking to the guy driving it. It had taken him just over six years to complete, and he has already refused an offer in excess of 850,000 USD to sell.

I did manage to get a couple of pictures on my phone camera.
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