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Post ERE Dream Job

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2013 4:36 pm
by Ego
Suddenly you are free to do anything you want. Does that include work? If so, tell us about it. Dream jobs are typically hard to find. I figured we could keep an eye out for one another.

The job opening that motivated the post was this one: http://www.trektravel.com/employment/be-a-guide/

Re: Post ERE Dream Job

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2013 5:16 pm
by jacob
Mainsail trimmer on a Volvo Ocean Race boat! Forsooth, I'd even settle for the "multimedia guy"-position on the boat :-D

Seriously though, I'd need a resume of winning races and national titles three feet long to even get considered. That's the problem with dream jobs for me. They tend to require putting in some serious time first.

However, this thread is a good idea. I think the social capital built within this forum is rather very good (this is after all how I got my current job), so lets hear it.

Re: Post ERE Dream Job

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2013 6:06 pm
by workathome
I image working in a technological role for someone like SpaceX as being pretty awesome. Or somehow helping develop new/more advanced space stations. I don't have a specific position in mind though, or know whether I could actually be useful lol.

Re: Post ERE Dream Job

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2013 6:56 pm
by Ego
Let's expand this to volunteer positions as well.

Jacob, last week I was speaking with a friend who is a volunteer at the San Diego Maritime Museum.

http://www.sdmaritime.org/volunteer/#sail_crew

He volunteers on the Sail & Maintenance crew. He was talking about the intricate woodworking and metal work that needs to be done on the old wooden ships. He said they have an all volunteer shop that churns out rigging, sails and wooden pieces made in the traditional manner. They maintain many old ships and are building the San Salvador from scratch:

http://www.sdmaritime.org/san-salvador-build/

It just occurred to me that volunteering at one of these museums might be a good way to acquire the skills you want for free.

Re: Post ERE Dream Job

Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 6:13 pm
by Seneca
Not my dream, but maybe one that will resonate here.

I have a family member who loves astronomy and found a position working with the Keck telescopes that basically paid in telescope time. He was gutted he couldn't apply due to financial needs.

My personal ERE job is to go from employee to entreprenuer and small time VC, without worrying (especially DW worrying) about replacing our current job cashflows.

Also, more time and energy to spend on developing our (OK, mostly the bank's for now!) raw property into a food/energy/income generating asset.

Re: Post ERE Dream Job

Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 6:15 pm
by Felix
A small farm to grow and raise food. That's all.

Re: Post ERE Dream Job

Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 6:17 pm
by GandK
Novelist.

Re: Post ERE Dream Job

Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 6:26 pm
by theanimal
NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) Instructor...but that also happens to be my plan to get to ERE! Adventurer would be cool too.

Re: Post ERE Dream Job

Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 7:52 pm
by Ego
Volunteer at the HRA Pheriche Aid-Post for a season. Weather is horrible. Altitude makes life miserable. There is no heat. Wind blows through the drafty building as if it is a tent. Food consists of lentils and rice for the entire time on post. They require volunteers to be physicians.... ugh! Med school can't be that hard, right?

Re: Post ERE Dream Job

Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 7:55 pm
by jacob
@Ego - Thx, I'll keep that in mind. We might do an extended stint in area within the next 5 years. Got family <500M from San Diego. The boatbuilding school I'm looking at charges some $12000 for an AAS degree (which can specialize in tall ships). Would be nice to circumvent that. I got enough degrees already, I think :O)

@workathome - SpaceX had a hiring list of different positions a yard long last time I looked. There are competing companies to SpaceX as well, especially Orbital Sciences, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_pr ... _companies.

@theanimal - During our quest for housing, we came across a farm (affordable to us) in NY with 250+ acres of hunting land (including a big lake) that was listed as being of interest to outfitters, e.g. guided hunting trips, survival stuff, outdoor school. Any interest in that? That is, you would be the expert/guide, we'd split the profit.

Re: Post ERE Dream Job

Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 8:29 pm
by Ego
Stumbled upon this wooden boat-building class coming next month: http://www.mysticseaport.org/event/trad ... uilding-2/

Animal, I took the NOLS Wilderness First-Aid course last month. I enjoyed it so much I decided to go for the Wilderness EMT. I would love to do the entire course through NOLS but it is a little too expensive for me to justify (to my wife ;) ) so I am going to do the EMT portion at our community college (costs about $350) then do the NOLS Wilderness add on. NOLS is a great organization.

Re: Post ERE Dream Job

Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 9:05 pm
by theanimal
@Jacob- Yes, I would be interested in that. @MBGI actually inquired a little while back whether or not I would be interested in starting my own guide company/service. Either of these would work perfectly along with NOLS because a full-time instructor only works 25 weeks of the year.

@Ego- Good call! NOLS is indeed great. I think I told you I'm looking to do the Wilderness First Responder soon. I just need to find somewhere to take it.

Re: Post ERE Dream Job

Posted: Tue Nov 12, 2013 3:09 am
by steveo73
jacob wrote:Mainsail trimmer on a Volvo Ocean Race boat! Forsooth, I'd even settle for the "multimedia guy"-position on the boat :-D

Seriously though, I'd need a resume of winning races and national titles three feet long to even get considered. That's the problem with dream jobs for me. They tend to require putting in some serious time first.

However, this thread is a good idea. I think the social capital built within this forum is rather very good (this is after all how I got my current job), so lets hear it.
A guy I went to school with does this for a living. I have no idea if he has a specific role however I think he also gets paid reasonably well for sailing.

http://www.volvooceanrace.com/en/news/5 ... Dhabi.html
http://www.abc.net.au/olympics/2000/pro ... SSITER.htm

I really have no idea if I have a dream job. I like trading and data science but there is a lot of work involved and I don't like corporate environments especially if you are stuck behind a desk most of the day.

I'd like to be a travelling surfer who doesn't compete.

Re: Post ERE Dream Job

Posted: Tue Nov 12, 2013 5:38 am
by henrik
Event coordinator (incl scenario building) for international/regional emergency management exercises. That's not necessarily post-ERE though:)

Re: Post ERE Dream Job

Posted: Tue Nov 12, 2013 9:45 am
by ffj
@ Ego
That's a neat ship they are building. Did you catch the price? At 6.2 million that seems a bit steep.

@ Jacob, Animal
Regarding your need for land and adventure, have you guys checked out the Upper Peninsula? The land is inexpensive, it's remote, good hunting, good snow, and you are next to the Great Lakes for all of your sailing needs. Plus you can sneak into Canada if TSHTF.

Re: Post ERE Dream Job

Posted: Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:04 am
by GandK
firefighterjeff wrote:Plus you can sneak into Canada if TSHTF.
:lol: I'm now trying to imagine a problem for which "run toward Canada" is a potential solution...

Re: Post ERE Dream Job

Posted: Tue Nov 12, 2013 11:36 am
by Ego
firefighterjeff wrote:@ Ego
That's a neat ship they are building. Did you catch the price? At 6.2 million that seems a bit steep.
I just reread the article. That is a lot of money. In the article they mentioned that volunteers from the local blacksmith guild are doing a lot of the work. I had no idea we had a local blacksmithing guild. They hold blacksmith and wheelwright classes on Saturday afternoons. Looks like fun.

http://bandyblacksmith.org/index.php

Re: Post ERE Dream Job

Posted: Tue Nov 12, 2013 12:32 pm
by champ0608
I'd love to be a luthier, working high end, vintage acoustic instruments. I have some skills in the field, but not enough. First I'd need an apprenticeship with a master craftsman, and I intend to find one when I am financially independent.

Re: Post ERE Dream Job

Posted: Tue Nov 12, 2013 1:38 pm
by chenda
GandK wrote:
firefighterjeff wrote:Plus you can sneak into Canada if TSHTF.
:lol: I'm now trying to imagine a problem for which "run toward Canada" is a potential solution...
Drought :lol:

Re: Post ERE Dream Job

Posted: Tue Nov 12, 2013 1:56 pm
by TheWanderingScholar
An author.