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ms29
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Feb 12, 2012, 12:48 PM

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Hi Guys, Let me start my introducing me a little bit, then I 'll get to the problem.

I am a fair student in school and I did graduate with a Associate in Applied Sciences in Electronics and I have almost a Cert in Autobody. I have always worked while in school to pay for costs and went to a community college as well. I have held a wide range of jobs and recently found myself working at the family Auto Repair Garage. As far as my work ethic I believe that hard work is good for us and will take us far in life. My Father did some side work on auto repair at home and I used to help out when and where I could. I guess my basic point is that I have had a well rounded experience with automobiles (including some auto repair courses at College too). Lately I have been having some back pain due to a problem with one vertabre (maybe fractured some time ago but healed I think).

So here is my current situation: I am working at the family Business, but Not as a mechanic or service advisor, I am a general helper. I have been here a really long time, many years. The problem is that the complaining arguing at work is really getting to me. The complaints are usually sent to the other party by the boss for confirmation and then the object knows who complained usually so there is more trouble. Or senior staff will complain and the boss will change policy (rules) to argue with the offender (me most times). I am gratefull for the job but see that I have to put up with a lot of headaches as well. I cannot just leave and find another job in this economy and finances are really bad for me. I have a large credit card debt and have fallen behind a few times as well. I am considering BK but am still employed and worry about other problems of BK(Asset siezure). I most likely cant get a job as a mechanic due to little experience so thats not a good idea.
I suppose I could try some other jobs in the electronics field like working at radio shack or something? Or even try to get a job working with some electronics repair shops as a trainee?
I hate to give up a good job with income for little chance at steady work elsewhere, but I am not very happy here and feel that I am a charity case. Construction jobs are not hiring yet and when they do they will hire the family men first.( I am not married)
Any one care to comment or advise me?
As far as cars that I have one is a Toyota Camry 1987 which is down for repairs again.
A confused man


(This post was edited by ms29 on Feb 12, 2012, 1:29 PM)


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Feb 12, 2012, 1:48 PM

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Sorry, I give advise in auto repair not social problems.

You'll probably find someone willing to play Social worker though.



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ms29
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Feb 12, 2012, 2:06 PM

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Ya I know I just wanted to get some outside viewpoints from the industry workers. I will also try other forums that will do social work too thanks. :)


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Feb 12, 2012, 4:39 PM

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Well, if you are not happy where your working now have you tried looking around. Don't quit your job until you have another one. I'd love to be able to work in a clean room environment working on solid state components. Always wondered what it would be like to work at a company that does electronic repairs on PCMs, ECUs, and other automotive and industrial electronic components.





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ms29
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Feb 12, 2012, 9:20 PM

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Ya really good thought about not quitting just yet. Also the Application process has changed to online only in some cases from what I hear. I may need to go online to Cal jobs, which is for the EDD(my bro had to do this). Also the other online resume website only monster.com comes to mind.
ms29


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Feb 15, 2012, 6:30 PM

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Your local parts suppliers have open houses. I would look closer at the electronics end of it since you seem more experienced in that end and with your physical ailments it would suit you better. Find out when the open houses are, as the owners of all the area businesses are always dropping in. If there is a convention of vendors for the field you work in you will find the people who own the shops along with people who can give you contacts of people to talk to. Its a great place to network. For instance, I am a diesel mechanic and work on heavy trucks. The Mid-Am truck show in Louisville every spring draws the big guys from across the country. Want to meet up with the guys who can get you the job? Find them when they aren't stuck in the office and you aren't just another resume on the stack to be glanced at between phone calls


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Feb 16, 2012, 12:26 AM

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 Take it from somebody who's been there done that . Your back WIll get worse . It's just a fact of life . I started out with one ruputured disk , kept working as a mechanic now i am disabled with 5 . Work with your brain not your back . The medical equipment repair field is hot. Start hanging out at some job fairs.


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ms29
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Feb 16, 2012, 10:58 PM

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Your local parts suppliers have open houses. I would look closer at the electronics end of it since you seem more experienced in that end and with your physical ailments it would suit you better. Find out when the open houses are, as the owners of all the area businesses are always dropping in. If there is a convention of vendors for the field you work in you will find the people who own the shops along with people who can give you contacts of people to talk to. Its a great place to network. For instance, I am a diesel mechanic and work on heavy trucks. The Mid-Am truck show in Louisville every spring draws the big guys from across the country. Want to meet up with the guys who can get you the job? Find them when they aren't stuck in the office and you aren't just another resume on the stack to be glanced at between phone calls


Very good idea Nickwarner Thanks
Also very good thoughts from you Retired......Time to update my resume'
ms29


(This post was edited by ms29 on Feb 16, 2012, 11:03 PM)


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Feb 17, 2012, 7:17 PM

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Hope it works out for you. Don't know much about back trouble but my right knee is down to 30% of its cartilage and my left was wrecked 8 years ago and my surgeon tells me it needs replacement but I'm too young. Don't even hit 30 til April. But hurts every day and has gotten worse. Kneeling is a part of the job and I am close friends with ice packs after work quite often. If I were looking at a career change I would look at something more accomodating to my body both now and for years to come.






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