@MidEngine -- Third "real job" out of college for me.
I certainly didn't follow some fairly conventional career wisdom these days, which suggests that you should move on (preferably up) every three to five years. Liking what you do and the people with whom you do it, if you are so fortunate as to navigate or blunder into that situation, also has its advantages, even if it means leaving business cards with fancy titles, and probably some salary, on the table.
From my current vantage point — close enough to retirement that if I were the sidekick in a cop movie, one would have serious concerns about my wellbeing — I'd say it worked out very well.
@Mazda616 I have 16 meetings scheduled this week. I have so much of my calendar blocked, that Outlook came up with a " It seems you have a lot of meetings this week, do you want to block some time to do any work" recommendation.
I blocked every Friday from next Friday to infinity to make me unavailable for meetings. I need at least a day to work and not be stressed.
@Mazda616 I'm still confused by this. Why would an outside, third party recruiter, be vetting internal candidates for the internal hiring manager? And why, if you know the hiring manager and have been at the company for as long as you have, can't you just fire off an email stating you are interested in their open position?
What type of business are you in? Maybe this is how it works out there in the real world and I'm just not familiar?
Does your current manager know you are applying for other positions? Or is that not part of the process? I would think, in a rational place of business, you, a long term employee, would be able (and encouraged) to speak to management about career goals and such and if that included moving to a different department within the company, they should be delighted. They know exactly what they are getting and how much it will cost before you even speak.
@RallyDarkstrike Does it crunch and crackle when you lean around in the seat? If not, it's fine. That sort of raised rail is usually much more resilient than, say, the floor pan itself (since it's not a low spot collecting water).
Yeah....that's what I was worried about because I never clued in that it was mounted to a raise rail for some reason...was more worried about it as I thought it was bolted to the floor, so I was thinking 'oh crap, I wonder how bad the floor metal is under there..'
Just sitting here, doing nothing but listening and performing a few interactive things was not fun at all.
Me when I look back at the past 12 months of online school...
Looking back, I realize that being in a classroom is vital for my ability to focus and learn and socialize. As @Shop-Teacher said, most classes weren't the teacher prattling on and us taking notes. They'd do some talking, hand out an assignment (something you simply cannot do over Zoom), and then keep up some side-convo about something else as we did our work. Being home and watching a Zoom is basically just watching a YouTube video to me, which is something I do a lot more than I should these days (in other words, it's just a different flavor of the same thing, and none of it's exciting).
I'll miss going into classrooms and seeing friends. Even the simplest thing as greeting my deskmates... damn... now I'm a little nostalgic and sad...
@xjdano Man, I screwed up my wrist in college when I was working for a paint store. We were moving around the palett racks one day, and I grabbed and picked up a piece of steel that was way heavier than I thought. My wrist just kind of crumpled. It took YEARS for it for finally get back to normal, because I'd just keep re-injuring it. Also have a bad shoulder from a HS injury - a partial rotator cuff tear that has never actually been fixed. Also have dealt with "golfer's elbow" in the past, even though I'm not a golfer... Thankfully my hips/knees/ankles haven't failed me (yet).
My youngest will graduate around the same time - seems like a good time for a transition.
That sounds actually pretty fun. Did anyone ever try to tail you home? Seems like a pretty good application too.
I'm glad to see you're savvy enough to make the best of the local geography.
Nobody ever tried to tail me home. I was commuting by bike at the time and many of the roads I took were only two lanes. Anyone following me or trying to watch my movements would have been very obvious.
I was really turned off by a late-model Colorado that I had the opportunity to drive recently. I didn't like the way it accelerates, shifts, or brakes. There might have been some electronic adaptive learning crap messing with my own attempts to adapt to the truck, which could explain the accelerating and shifting problems, but it's easier to put my finger on what's wrong with the brakes: they're too sensitive. Irritatingly difficult to modulate in traffic; anything over 15% pedal or so felt overly harsh. Maybe I'd have better control with a heavy load in the back for the brakes to work against...
I also had a hard time getting a good sense of the truck's physical proportions from the driver's seat. I didn't feel like I had a good idea of where exactly the front wheels were. Maybe it's got something to do with the curvature of the hood, leaving me without a useful reference point...? I dunno