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Old 01-15-2010, 02:20 PM
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Need some insight as to what direction to take regarding a career. I am currently a 48 yr old residential real-estate appraiser who is considering a career change, been at it for close to ten years now, and I can see the writing on the wall. The Banks will find a way to get rid of us within the next several years.

I am no stranger to long hrs, avg 60-70 hrs a week, hard work, and getting the job done at all costs. I have 3 years of college, assoc degree in management and 30+ yrs of varied work experience, from flipping burgers to management. You name it, I have most likely done it!

I am looking for the next large growth industry or franchise to sink my teeth into. I know that folks are getting older as a whole, but not sure which direction to take. Any help is much appreciated.
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Old 01-15-2010, 02:28 PM
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Not sure that a contractor/developer position would be wise right now, haven't these folks been left out to dry with this economy? or am I missing something, and if I am, sure won't be the first time! enlighten me if you could.
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Its about where you live La.6% unemployment Texas is 7-8

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Not sure that a contractor/developer position would be wise right now, haven't these folks been left out to dry with this economy? or am I missing something, and if I am, sure won't be the first time! enlighten me if you could.
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Medical profession and related services....With my parents in their 90's and mentally physically and economically stable and not wanting to leave their house for assisted or independent living a dedicated monthly service company that does it all from cleaning, errands, driving/transportation "caretaker services" at their home

Real problem with the elderly and taking care of them with a certain degree of dignity and respect
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get into Crimial Justice , there will allway be a need for them. Well that what they tell me, I just had to change careers my self and thats the path I went.There no good paiding jobs where I live right now and it looks like it will be getting worst before it get better. At 50 years old I'm looking at anything that will pay the bills. Good Luck.
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With 23 years in LE, I would be looking at physical/occupational/respiratory therapy. As our population ages, more of those positions will be needed. I have a niece that is a Phys. Therapist and she is making excellent money and is in big demand. My Dad started a 2nd career after 22 years in the Navy, he went to law school and practiced law for 25 years. Good Luck to you.
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I went from a Machinest Tool/Die maker 20 years to College degreed (44 years old when I walked) Sales Manager of a International Marine Navigation Aids supplier.

A 6" incision made me make the change (Twin spinal fusions L4,L5 2002, 2007)...

Do what you love!!!!


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Defense contracting. The gov't always pays their bills, even if it means printing more of them to do so... and their reaction to tighting budgets is "Spend more! Spend Faster!". growing budgets are the same (but thats never happened)
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SprayNet, as a Certified Residential appraiser myself (15+ years and family business of 40+ years), you may be correct on the GSEs and banks trying to get rid of us. I would suggest diversifying into none lender work or try getting your Certified General license for commercial work. We do a fair bit of lawyer work, ie. wills, estates, trust and some divorce. The commercial lending world is the next "shoe to drop" on our economy, so maybe commercial work will be good, or bad, who knows. If you can survive the next few "drought" years, enough appraisers that are currently leaving the industry will leave more work for the survivors.

Personally, I am continueing with my career for a few more years and then moving to the coast to "slow down" and find a new income.


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I would not go into "Developer / Contractor around this area (New England).......Elder Services will be a growing field, but what can you reasonable expect to make in such a business, I have no idea. I was hoping to work another 6 years in my trade, take an early retirement and the pump gas at the local marina (while fishing of course) to keep busy and pay for fuel......Economy threw a wrench in the works, so now I am also looking at other options, relocate where there is work for me or complete change in career.......I wasn't planning on starting a new career at 50 yrs old. but I have been practicing......"would you like fries with that" or "would you like to super size your order today"......or the old stand by...."what will it take to put you behind the wheel today".......
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Defense contracting. The gov't always pays their bills, even if it means printing more of them to do so... and their reaction to tighting budgets is "Spend more! Spend Faster!". growing budgets are the same (but thats never happened)
Likewise are schools. Sell ANYTHING to schools. That's were the money is being spent.
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I read a book a time ago called WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE? I just dug it out, it is written by Richard N. Bolles. It is a manual to help guys like yourself make a career change into something they love to do. The downside is, for example... I love to fish but I don't want to fish everyday for a living which would just turn me into a service provider. Besides that I freak out when people don't watch their rod tips. I also love scotch, but, well you know. I just got a trade which gave me a skill which allows me to have job security, monday to friday and holidays with a decent enough wage I can afford a boat.
I still recommend reading the book, it will get you thinking. I'm going to read it again.
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from personal experience and that of friends, builder/developers/contractors are getting their ass handed to em right now and have been for the last three years. However, it seems there might be light at the end of the tunnel.
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Sorry, dont know how to quote a previous post in here. We (my father and I) do Department of Defense engineering contracts. First, its 6 months waiting for a 6 month contract with a possible extension of 4 months. Second, we have pretty much determined it costs at least $120,000 to get a 2 year $750,000 contract follow-up; plus 6 months to a year and half of no work while waiting on their paper work to get started (we're at 13 months right now and are shooting for an April start time on this one). I have worked for 2 years and 3 months since finishing college 3.5 years ago. So DoD contracting isnt all its cracked up to be; we've talked to start-up companies in the Raleigh area that say theyd go out of business before they could get going with government money. When its good, its good; but they have no conception of time.

Sorry to derail, just frustration. If I was you, Id look at what skills you think you have or would like to learn compared to what contacts you have in available fields and go from there. Trying to find a new position in this economy is def a who you know situation. Good luck.
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Spraynet1,

Seriously if your looking at the next "large growth" sector think Green.

Not sure where you reside but I have a friend who is a manufacture of solar powered attic ventilation and his business is crazy good.

Best part is he sells mainly to roofers and contractors, might check with him about becoming a distributor.

http://www.atticbreeze.net/

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I opened a roofing company here in Iowa last year and did quite well. We get hammered by hail storms yearly and last year was one of the worst. Best part is your customers have the money to re-shingle their roof from the insurance companies. There are many states where hail is a big problem. Last year I ran just one crew this year I plan to add a second one about May or June. Great profit in roofing
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Originally Posted by davidkuhlmann View Post
I opened a roofing company here in Iowa last year and did quite well. We get hammered by hail storms yearly and last year was one of the worst. Best part is your customers have the money to re-shingle their roof from the insurance companies. There are many states where hail is a big problem. Last year I ran just one crew this year I plan to add a second one about May or June. Great profit in roofing
I was also looking to make a career change and looked at the roofing business here in the Atlanta metro area.We have been hammered by hail storms over the last couple of years.With the regular construction business in the toilet the last few years here I think every contractor around has opened a roofing business.Combine that with the traveling national companies and its pretty competetive.Still tossing the idea around though.
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