The other day, I posted a question on a couple of related LinkedIn groups that I belong to. The question was, essentially, “where are the entry level Emergency Management jobs?” which came from the fact that most of the jobs that I see call for several years’ experience in the emergency management realm.
I got a number of insightful responses that talked about a variety of possible options, including volunteer work with the likes of Red Cross and working with local Emergency Medical System organizations. I was also pointed to a University of Washington website article that talked about “Suggested Career Tips for Emergency Management”.
I may find it useful to go back and get an EMT ticket again, and do some volunteering that way. And I need to get my ham license upgraded, I think.
I guess I’m lucky. I made it through 4 or 5 rounds of layoffs at my job without a problem. However…
I didn’t come through clean on the last one. I’m 38, family of 5, and just finished an AA degree. I’ve been with the same company for almost as long as my youngest daughter has been alive. I would have been 14 years on 30 Aug. I’m doing surprisingly well, so far, but it’s not technically official yet. Give me another week or so and things might be different.
This might actually be a good thing, overall, though. I’ve been saying that I wanted out of the company for years now, but the pay was good and the benefits were great. The work was boring as all get out, but it was mostly sitting on conference calls for the past couple of years. Not a bad way to make a living for a non-college graduate.
So what is a guy like me supposed to do in this economy? In short: Bounce as best I can. Cut expenses to the bone and continue the educational path that I’m on (more on that in another post). Fill out applications around town and don’t stop. Something that I saw making the rounds of Twitter today says …
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein
Given the hit that I’m taking, that’s pretty good advice. Now, I just have to figure out some way to keep my psych medications coming in. Depression and anxiety are a bitch at the best of times.