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What to do when you want a change?


Richard Teets Kannapolis, NC

Hello everyone. New here. I'm Richie form Kannapolis, NC. About 25 miles from Charlotte, NC. On here to hopefully get some good advice and figure out what to do in life. Well hopefully it won't be a long story. Well my life took a turn into a brick wall last year when my wife wanted a divorce. Great. So trying to make it right but started doing a little looking and found out that she was "seeing" another person, sister-in-laws brother and then it went down hill from there. Blah, blah , blah here I am looking at trying to turn the life around, yes i was going down a very dark path. So since I have to give her child support it makes my situation a bit tight. So I decided to start and look for a better paying job. years ago before joining the military I built pharmaceutical packaging equipment for 12 years. Since I was told I couldn't make more money I decided to join the military. Went in as a vehicle mechanic. Learned a lot and still a mechanic for the guard. So when I got out of active duty , continued being a mechanic and now Cummins certified. Also finished my bachelors in technical management with a major in sales and marketing. Well after turning wrenches for 2 years I was asked if I wanted a different job working for Husqvarna, research and development. Well doing that for 3 years. Just now I'm looking for something better since I kind of needing more money and trying to get into sales and marketing is hard since I would be taking a big pay cut. So I like traveling, troubleshooting and problem solving and was trying to find something in a field service role but no luck in that. Seen a bunch where there looking for more of an engineer. I would pursue engineering but i don't have the funds for that. Though I would love to open my own shop but since there is so many of them, it would be hard to get the work. So then I started taking so free classes online taking some computer classes. Took one online for developing web pages and taking some more for data analysis. Then I just moved money over and might try and trade stocks since the stock market is interesting to me. So now, after all this reading, I'm now at the point do I look for another job, hoping someone would take a chance on me or try and figure out a way to get more of an education or continue to take some free computer courses online and see how that pans out. Just confused on what direction to take.

6 September 2017 5 replies Career Exploration



Mike Cottell Glen Head, NY

Hi Richard, in addition to the good advice that you have been given so far, please find a link that may prove useful. It gives you an opportunity to explore a lot of ideas and has a section specific to veterans. Good Luck to you and thank you for your service.
Best Regards, Mike


Reginald Nickens Silver Spring, MD

Have to tell you, before you can move forward you have to decide what you want to do. According to your post you have experience in sales, a degree in Information Technology and experience in mechanical engineering. In most institution when they see all of your accomplishment and see how changes made in the area in your accomplishment the institution will think you are not career goal minded. In most cases, institution seek skill labor who are career minded they will pay the money and will developed a position only if one show they will stay with the company. Seriously, when you ask "you new to the neighborhood" follow by the accomplishment it appear its comfortable for others to make decision and this is not good.


Neil Serafin Sequim, WA

Sales...stay in it....Automotive sales...most people in the biz believe and want to talk to the wrench turn have been there...suggest exclusive territory....many states...find a product you like and believe and greet....
all on a wholesale basis.


Richard Teets Kannapolis, NC

Holy flip I was actually thinking about a franchise a while back. One since I like detailing vehicles was one from Chemical Guys and seen one called Burgerim.


Phillip Nelson Tyrone, GA

Have you ever considered looking into working for yourself? One great way to get into a proven business model with a support team is with a franchise. Many franchise brands participate in the VetFran program and are able to offer a discount on the Franchise Fee as a "thank you" for your service. Finding the right opportunity out of literally thousands, is where I can help. If you are interested, it would be my honor to help find some options that align with your budget and goals. My services to you are at no cost.

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