Career choices

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    Nov 24, 2013 9:09 PM GMT
    This more personal than gay oriented but I'll try to be short and sweet, just looking for some advice.

    I'm 27, recently separated from the US Air Force and I'm currently a cadet in Air Force ROTC at my school to be a commissioned officer (guys with brass who'll get saluted). While being a cadet I'm technically a junior in college, but my degree path is slowed down to accommodate my eventual commissioning as a 2nd Lt. Becoming an officer has always been my goal, but to be honest now that I'm on the path to doing it I don't know if I want to do it anymore. I have a ton of adversity(past medical issues related to not coming out and test scores) to deal with in the program and I've almost left but stayed after talking with my detachment commander.

    Thing is, I want to see the world, I want to travel but I don't have much money. I'll admit I did not enact the best saving plan while I was in. I'm currently in college and it's all paid for thanks to my previous military service. I have a part-time job as a barista but I want more. I would love to help people while at the same traveling either as part of business or pleasure.
    It's kinda interesting really, most people my age seem to have it figured out and I'm still trying to decide.

    Any advice is appreciated!
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    Nov 24, 2013 9:12 PM GMT
    TEFL? I know people who have had good experiences with it and you can use the language skills once you get back.
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    Nov 24, 2013 9:24 PM GMT
    I think you should complete your education and training. Then decide if you still want to be an officer or turn down your commission and be a civilian.

    You're still young. And not all guys your age know what they want to do. In the meantime, continue your research and find other career fields that will allow you to achieve your goals. Then when graduation comes, the decision will be easier.
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    Nov 25, 2013 3:33 PM GMT
    Do not quit, persevere...stay and finish the Commission and your degree, it will LOOK golden on your resume.

    You can always find a different path later and career, doors will open more easily with the degree and if they see you were in the Air Force and completing something, it shows diligence and perseverance which employers seek as some qualities...someone that will COMPLETE a project or an assignment.

    The travel will comeicon_smile.gif
  • madsexy

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    Nov 25, 2013 3:38 PM GMT
    Yeah, I have to agree with the "stay and persevere" approach. Achievement is a great foundation for future consideration of you by prospective employers, and your progression to an officer will show well, regardless of what you eventually choose to do when you know what that is.
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    Nov 25, 2013 5:40 PM GMT
    Get a sugar daddy? That'll get you around the world. Hahaa
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    Nov 25, 2013 5:47 PM GMT
    Normally I'd say quit and move on. I really don't buy into the whole finishing useless degrees for something you have no interest in. Everyone and their gold fish has a degree nowadays anyway.

    BUT, you are already in the midst of your degree, and have no other clear ambitions so I'd stick with it. Anyone I know that travels for work also eventually gets tired of always being on the go and difficult holding down a relationship so you'll want something to fall back on.

    I went back to school for nursing in my 30's - its never too late to make up your mind and 27 is far from too old. Lots of people don't have it figured out by 27.
  • jo2hotbod

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    Nov 25, 2013 6:22 PM GMT
    Stick it out, you'll be glad you did when its over. See if there are any lateral moves you can make, sometimes there are options you didn't consider or weren't aware of
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    Nov 26, 2013 12:35 AM GMT
    Stuff like your career is just so hard to plan for. I've been in the AF as an officer for 7 years now and I STILL don't know if I want to stay in or not. Every day it's a different feeling/emotion/thought.

    How far along in ROTC are you? Have you even gotten your AFSC yet?

    And just because you "quit" something to try something else isn't a bad thing at I hope it's not a guilt thing you're experiencing. People make career changes all the time.

    Also, just because you're in the military doesn't mean you're going to be travelling the world. I thought I was going to go to Alaska, Hawaii, Germany...yeah< i've been to Louisiana and Oklahoma. woop.
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    Nov 26, 2013 12:39 AM GMT
    so u basically wanna travel the world and get paid for it?
    How cute!!!

    That's very noble.
    I think u should become a travel writer.
    A traveling nurse?
    Flight attendant?
    an international recruiter of sorts?
    a vagabond?
    A model?
    an au pair?

    just google shit that involves traveling. Go work for the US embassy over seas or something. Maybe becaome a humanitarian and join the peace corps. or become when of those government contractors that travel to different areas of the world and oversees US government projects in usually 3rd world countries. Theres so much shit u could do.
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    Nov 26, 2013 3:22 AM GMT
    Thank you all for the feedback. I'm glad I posted this here versus someplace like facebook where most of my prior-enlisted peers and high school classmates might have a different opinion. I'm still "duking" it out as if there it were the last option there is.

    @willular 2nd year. I had the 1st year waived for prior service. I'm in Field Training preparation right now... it's "nice" lol

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    Nov 26, 2013 4:29 AM GMT
    If I remember correctly, you can opt into not commissioning when you graduate as well -- you'd just have a minor in military studies or something like that. Something to ask your cadre.

    Personally, I loved ROTC. I had an absolute blast (minus field training, that was miserable). and now that DADT is over with? shit, it's gotta be even better now!

    There's nothing wrong with trying it out. and if you go and commission and then find out you don't want to do it anymore? then do your four years and move on to the next big thing in life.