I am subspecialized (body imaging). Of the 9 fellows last year, 8 of us got jobs, and the one who didn't continued on as a fellow for a second year. (He also had severe geographical constraints beyond this scope.)
Not all of these jobs were in prime locations, mind you--I consider myself quite lucky. It helps that I'm in academics and have been moderately prolific already, halfway to my promotion publication target, basically.
It's not bad for academics, or for private practice pre-partner positions. I agree that the golden days are over, but I'll be able to accomplish all of my (reasonable) financial goals. That plus an agreeable, stable work environment == win.
Location: GA currently, but will most likely be back in Dallas in 3 years
Occupation: CTI in the Navy
Education: BS in Forensic Science, AA in my language
2014 Compensation: $29,500 (Base Pay)
Future Salary Projection: Standard yearly increase in base pay has been about 1%, plus theres pay increases for years of service, and advancement.
Benefits: I don't even know where to start, theres Basic Allowance for Housing, Basic Allowance for Subsistence (food money), Yearly clothing allowance, up to $1000/mo in language pay, tax free deployment benefits, family separation allowance, hazardous duty pays, flight pay, etc, 100% free healthcare in just about any instance, tuition assistance, TSP, I could probably go on forever, but everyone knows the military has a long list of benefits
What's the job like?
The short answer to what my job title means is that I'm a linguist. Theres a long list of things that people with this title actually do, but I work in a deploying shop, so when I'm home we work on qualifications, provide support to those who are deployed, and fill collateral duties. When we're deployed we do the actual mission work. Hard to say what I really do because just about all of it is classified, but theres a good generic description on the Navys website if anyone is curious. Its got its ups an downs like any job, I guess personality has a lot to do with how much you enjoy this particular job.
Would you recommend the career to others?
The military is not for everyone, atleast not the 20 year career, but a one or 2 contract enlistment can be great for some people looking to get experience, or who are just plain having a hard time finding job, like I was. If you like a regimented schedule and can handle taking orders from someone who may have no business being in charge of other people. I figure every job has issues like that, so the benefits that come along with it make it a lot better than some other jobs. There are lots of opportunities to travel the world, and lots of those places might be the desert.
I'm actually pretty curious what kind of stories people have trying to find jobs, after getting out of the military. I'll have done a 6 year enlistment, have a TS/SCI clearance, language experience, and I've got my degree obviously. I've done a good bit of looking at related jobs in the civilian world, and it doesn't seem that having the clearance alone is enough. The big rage these days is network security, and IT, which I have no experience in. Even though my degree is science related, I feel like I would excel in a business environment. Any stories, or suggestions are appreciated.
Sales Intern - Local Startup: $16,000
My business - Colorado Transit: $10,000
Income = -($5,000)
Future Salary Projection: Plans to start my own startup in the near future. Currently in the process of narrowing down ideas. Hopefully after 5 or so years Ill be making enough to get by.
What's the job like?:
Great experience, fantastic culture, and very helpful. If you ever have the chance to work for a startup, take it. You'll have a lot of new experiences and get to take a lot of responsibility and credit for your work.
Back in high school I started this transportation company because I wanted to travel for free. Today I do nothing but check my laptop every few days and contract out shipments. Colorado Transit is a shipping provider and broker for LTL (Lighter than load - less than an 18 wheeler) shipments specifically pets and cars! Honestly one of the best accomplishments of my life. I succeeded in traveling for free and now make a somewhat passive income from it.
Eh... Probably the most boring aspect of my life. Attending school is not something that excites me or drives me. I sit through classes researching new business prospects and ideas. As much as I contemplate dropping out I feel I need to follow the pack and just get it over with.
Would I recommend the career to others?:
Yes, explore the entrepreneurial lifestyle and see if its right for you. If not, go work for a startup company.
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