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#1 TheMorningstar

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Posted 28 March 2017 - 08:06 PM

Im currently a software developer. I actually like programming but I cannot stand the corporate culture that Ive been experiencing for over 2 years now. Im into the idea of a career change, I figure some people here might have some unconventional ideas. Im also open to doing more development but im also open to not doing development. I guess my main interests are related to nature, music, philosophy, spirituality (all things that are not profitable haha) etc

 

Any ideas? I figured asking here might work because of like-minded individuals. A lot of computer people dont really get where im coming from with a lot of this.


Edited by TheMorningstar, 28 March 2017 - 08:07 PM.

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Posted 28 March 2017 - 08:24 PM

mycology?


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#3 TheMorningstar

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Posted 28 March 2017 - 08:38 PM

lol I dont know what avenues one could take there. I theoretically could sell shiitake mushrooms but where to sell to generate reliable income?


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Posted 28 March 2017 - 08:42 PM

lol I dont know what avenues one could take there. I theoretically could sell shiitake mushrooms but where to sell to generate reliable income?

 

No man, I mean like this guy:

 

https://mycotopia.ne...o-october-2016/

 

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Posted 28 March 2017 - 08:43 PM

Dude, not ALL are that way.

 

I'm at a career impasse as well (due to a rift w/ my best and almost only reference) and considering options.

 

Have any trade experience?

It's about the only thing that the income transfers almost laterally. Look into creating a forum site for a niche concern while doing that as a "deep" investment which (depending on the topic you choose to serve) could become a (mostly minor, but significant) income that requires little maintenance.

 

Have any sales skills?

If you do, forget the above and go into that as it trumps the $ of that above.

The increase in income does seem to be balanced with the equivalent loss of soul unfortunately.

 

Since you're a developer you have more than a passing acquaintance w/ computers and that will sometimes help transition into the machine side of things as some people see anything IT as "magic box" and it gives you a chance if you can pick it up.

Expect a cut in pay as an electron herder, but it's easier to avoid corp as one.

 

Create your own income source online.

Whether doing drop-ship sales, topic interest driven forums, or <blech> social media it all ends up to being self employed where you'll probably still hate your boss (even though it's you) but he's the least (best) asshole you've ever worked for.

 

Best of luck in your quest!


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Posted 28 March 2017 - 08:48 PM

mycology?

 

That would solve the issue of smelling like shrooms.


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Posted 28 March 2017 - 08:51 PM

 

mycology?

 

That would solve the issue of smelling like shrooms.

 

that only happened once lol

 

maybe i ate them in my sleep i dunno



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Posted 28 March 2017 - 08:59 PM

Finding something that does not yet exist would be my suggestion.  As you assemble all your skills, and interests in a pile on the floor, are there parts that you might be able to connect in a new way that others can not see?

 

Or maybe give Cue a break and take over his job as a male escort for rich beautiful women.  He must be exhausted...


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Posted 28 March 2017 - 09:04 PM

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Or maybe give Cue a break and take over his job as a male escort for rich beautiful women.  He must be exhausted...

 

Where does that line form?


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Posted 28 March 2017 - 09:31 PM

Finding something that does not yet exist would be my suggestion.  As you assemble all your skills, and interests in a pile on the floor, are there parts that you might be able to connect in a new way that others can not see?

 

Or maybe give Cue a break and take over his job as a male escort for rich beautiful women.  He must be exhausted...

 

 

He doesn't dance for women silly!



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Posted 28 March 2017 - 09:51 PM

Im currently a software developer. I actually like programming but I cannot stand the corporate culture that Ive been experiencing for over 2 years now. Im into the idea of a career change, I figure some people here might have some unconventional ideas. Im also open to doing more development but im also open to not doing development. I guess my main interests are related to nature, music, philosophy, spirituality (all things that are not profitable haha) etc

 

Any ideas? I figured asking here might work because of like-minded individuals. A lot of computer people dont really get where im coming from with a lot of this.

I left software dev in 2000 for similar reasons, I hated the bro culture that was developing.

 

Trained as a nurse, realised you can't make a living earning what I was earning.

 

Went back into IT reluctantly.  Fields that didn't exist when I was starting out exist now. Business Partners are a thing, Knowledge Management is a thing.  ITIL and Six Sigma and process improvement are things. Go on linkedin and surf.  There are niches opening up all the time for the savvy.  If you have people skills so much the better. I'm still not super super happy in IT but it's been a change and I'm earning 3 times what I was as a nurse (my favourite job and what I would go back to if I was a kept woman).


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Posted 01 April 2017 - 01:43 AM

I'm not convinced anything you could study today has better than a 50% chance of still being viable in 20 years, considering how rapidly the economic, social, political and technological landscape is changing.

 

When universities run studies that find conclusively that we don't live in either a political or economic democracy any more, I am more worried about the rise of corporate-government fascism than I am about gated communities or luxury automobiles.  Without freedom, everything you buy is just decoration for a cage.


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Posted 01 April 2017 - 05:52 AM

Embedded systems are everywhere and in everything now. Find a platform and learn it well, make it do what others are not making them do. Sell the mushroom industry fully operational automated grow units, the weed industry fully operational automated grow units/chambers/rooms/buildings. 32 and 64 bit micro-controllers have come a long way. Linux/POSIX systems can be made unbelievable secure IF you are the architect. That kind of stuff takes HARD WORK.  I'm a multi disciplined technologist that worked well in the test development arena....I can break anything if you let me at it..Black box, White box, Transparent box, old or new......YET shallow minded greedy corporate jackasses are not interested in the embarrassment and project deadlines that pass as a resultant of GOOD test developers...they cut thirteen of us from the ranks one Friday afternoon........and did not replace any.......fortunately my relentless headaches went away that day..............

 

I went on an interview yesterday..........it went extremely well. They are talking about creating a unique position for me, not me filling one that already exists. I've been working for a loooooong time and I pray that this is the one I've been looking for. If you think growing mushrooms requires patience and skill then it is only in preparation for what dealing with economic systems will do to you...........IME.

 

I wish you all well and that you survive these times of transition..............NOTHING stays the same nor can it. Stability is an illusion and discomfort is a motivator, assuming one does not deaden and numb it away with chemistry and digital distraction.......

 

Again.....don't listen to my ramblings..........I'm an idiot that eats mushrooms.................. :biggrin: 

 


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Posted 11 April 2017 - 02:30 PM

I'm not convinced anything you could study today has better than a 50% chance of still being viable in 20 years, considering how rapidly the economic, social, political and technological landscape is changing.

 
Even in the Age of Chaos (that's already begun), there will still be things that need to be done that people will pay for (even if the pay is not in the form of money).
 
Possessing knowledge, skill, and/or experience involving shelter, water, fire, and food will always be handy so long as there are any humans left alive on this planet, so knowing how to build 'shelter,' how to purify/clean/manage water, how to acquire/store/utilize energy, or how to grow/acquire/distribute food will always be relevant (to say the least!). This can be approached in a high-tech manner, a low-tech manner, or some combo of both.
 
 
 
A friend of mine moved to Romania with her husband a few years ago and started a teaching farm where they hold classes in organic farming, canning, livestock management and all the rest (mostly old-school farming/homesteading skills) and so far have never failed to sell out every single class they've offered. The vast majority of their clients are Western Europeans who live in big cities, rarely walk on unpaved surfaces, and who have an innate desire/longing to get their hands into some soil (to basically cure their raging case of "nature deficit syndrome").
 
So there are legions of individuals (here and in Europe) who are ready, willing, and able to fork over a lot of money to have their sterile, urban lives infused with a bit of dirty-fingernail authenticity. And maybe even get a blister or develop some calluses to show off back at the office, lol. My friends also do no advertising at all since word-of-mouth is all the marketing they need. Lots of people are starving for this kind of experience, even if they don't fully realize it yet (they often start to when their co-workers return with the Slackful afterglow of having had a truly genuine and inspiring experience for a change).
 
I'm all about this kind of thing, and as a matter of fact I just signed a contract with a land owner (as in last week!) wherein I will be developing a very similar program for his place once I've relocated to the property (which includes ~200 acres bordering a 2000 ac. State Park to play in). The land even sent me what I took as a positive sign while I was checking it out in the form of armloads of giant yellow morels in perfect condition that popped up last Saturday (I've never had a haul like that before and didn't even explore a fraction of the land!).
 
 
When thinking about making a big change in life, IMO it's best to 'feel' our way towards something that truly draws us in a way that's deeper/more meaningful than just the possibility of a decent paycheck. And one must be prepared to accept the necessary compromises that such a change requires; for example where I'm heading there's no cell coverage yet, which I can live with no problem but others might not be able to accept that. It'll also be a 90-minute drive to the nearest Trader Joe's and 20 minutes to the nearest anything at all, which again is fine by me but wouldn't be for everyone. So "Know Thyself" (easier said than done) and act accordingly. A line from a Leonard Cohen song (Democracy) comes to mind (and serves as a kind of warning):
 
I'm sentimental
if you know what I mean;
I love the country
but I can't stand the scene...
 
So don't move on out to the country before realizing you'd rather live closer to the amenities of a city with its nice restaurants, concerts, shops, museums, airports, Trader Joes', and all the rest. Likewise, don't stick around in a city and try to make a go of it in one if you feel drawn to live closer to the Earth and without the noise, pollution, crowds, and all the rest of not-so-nice stuff one must deal with in densely-populated built environments.

 

We all have to make our Great Compromise (or it will be made for us, which we probably won't like). And time ain't our friend, so...


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Posted 11 April 2017 - 02:51 PM

Or maybe give Cue a break and take over his job as a male escort for rich beautiful women.  He must be exhausted...

I take naps, and Geritol.

 

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Posted 11 April 2017 - 03:39 PM

 

 

mycology?

 

That would solve the issue of smelling like shrooms.

 

that only happened once lol

 

 

 

but you do realise that we will never, ever, EVER let you forget right?

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#17 TheMorningstar

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Posted 11 April 2017 - 04:21 PM

 

 

 

mycology?

 

That would solve the issue of smelling like shrooms.

 

that only happened once lol

 

 

 

but you do realise that we will never, ever, EVER let you forget right?

:tongue:

 

at least i can say i smell magical


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Posted 11 April 2017 - 05:09 PM

one time, a friend handed me what i thought was a tic tac.  I ate it. It was a tic tac. Some time later she said 'what did you do with that PILL I FOUND ON THE GROUND'.  To this day, I get shit about the time I ate the 'ground lolly'... so I feel your pain.  ;-)

 

(such a good story that I just blew my cover to anyone who has ever met me... oh well.)


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Posted 11 April 2017 - 05:11 PM

one time, a friend handed me what i thought was a tic tac.  I ate it. It was a tic tac. Some time later she said 'what did you do with that PILL I FOUND ON THE GROUND'.  To this day, I get shit about the time I ate the 'ground lolly'... so I feel your pain.  ;-)

 

Not to mention that you smell like a... wait for it...

 

wombatAttack


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Posted 11 April 2017 - 10:03 PM

Finding something that does not yet exist would be my suggestion.  As you assemble all your skills, and interests in a pile on the floor, are there parts that you might be able to connect in a new way that others can not see?

 

 

+1

 

Entrepreneurship...the most occulted word in all of government school. 






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