Getting back in the game!
Post ID#18660 - replied 4/18/2011 12:46 PM
PI in a few years? Maybe. But, most places are going to want to see you as a crew chief and then a Field Director (sort of a quasi- PI) before they let you start working on proposals (which is the PI wheel house, aside from the report production).
I got my MA at 23 or so and I am closing on 10 years since grabbing the degree. I am at the Field Director position.
You are right, though, there is a whole lot of work happening round the Dakotas so may be the need out there gets you up the ladder a little faster. The specialty should really help you out. I usually suggest the same thing over and over again, but: Go Fed. If you got no strings start picking up Federal jobs with the NPS in those out of the way places and get into the system (many are seasonal or one/two-year only). It will make it easier when you want to transition to a more stable government gig that actually pays you for your education and experince unlike the private side.
Anyhow, it only sounds good flirting with someone who has no idea about the pay difference between the two :)
Post ID#18663 - replied 4/19/2011 11:31 AM
While I dream of the federal job, has anyone had any experience with employee owned and operated firms? It seems like they would be at least a little better to work for.
Maybe I should go STP our yard to get back in shape?
Post ID#18664 - replied 4/19/2011 6:34 PM
Did you apply to ND jobs recently? I think I've just seen most of the Bismarck area companies post for tech positions. If you applied to those, I would think that you would be hearing back from somebody soon. I don't think you need to work in a kitchen. Since you have field experience, even though it has been a while, you're pretty much golden. Probably take my job... I just have a BA.
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