Getting back to work

New / IT ComTеch
Jun 20 15 Comments

We had a family member require hospitalization for two years, and then they required 24 hour supervision at home or at school.

I had to leave my career and skip returning to college to provide for the minor. He is not my child. His mother and I are not married. He is now 18.

He has since fallen off the wagon, and is doing so many questionable things. I can't possibly start a career while living at home. It's something new every day.

I fell like if there were a company looking for a telecom engineer (microwave/t1/e1/fiber/ and land mobile) I would be a shoe in. But I can't seem to connect with the right people to get my career back on track.

I feel like i'm running out of options and wasting my life. I'm 31, and at 22 I had a great job, great perks and 70k a year salary.

Email, hitting the phone book/bricks and in person networking have come up dry. I really really want to work. How do I find my place after so long?

Thanks in advance.

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TOP 15 Comments
  • Nvidia monolith_
    I am sorry about your situation. Have you tried extensive networking on LinkedIn? As a telecom engineer it might be difficult to find truckloads of opportunities. Have you considered moving into software or data science etc? That might make this transition easier.
    Jun 20 5
    • SWC / Data
      spiked

      SWC Data

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      Virtusa
      BIO
      Looking for new opportunities in data. Maybe move to North Carolina.
      spikedmore
      Seconded for LinkedIn. That's where I've found all my jobs.
      Jun 20
    • Comcast / Sales
      Capt18A

      Comcast Sales

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      Comcast Business, Zayo Group
      Capt18Amore
      "Thirded"....make sure to turn on the feature that you are looking and are okay to be contacted.....this is super important..... You can also use the linkedin radar to find specific people by role in companies you are interested in. This is the back side of LinkedIn that recruiters use to find people. You can use this yourself....pm me if you need help.
      Jun 20
    • New / IT ComTеch
      OP
      I... I am not trying to be facetious nor anything of the sort. I honestly never considered LinkedIn, because it sounded like a data scam.

      I am now at a point where, if I don't make a change very quickly, I feel like I will have missed the "boat" for good.

      I am looking into the free data schooling that was suggested. I also am rather sick this week, little one brought a bug home. Sleepin on the pullout to isolate myself.

      I'm tearing up a bit now, tbh. I have spent my life doing charity works when I had time or money and to have so many people reach out to what was my sort of last hope to reach the community I've worked in for so long.

      It's just a post, but I appreciate everything. If you public chat me, I may miss the window. Please, pm and I can join a public chat after ^_^

      Thank you all so very much. This gives me a lot of hope.
      Jun 20
    • Nvidia monolith_
      LinkedIn is a not a scam and that is the first thing you should do. Sign up, create a profile and start connecting with people and recruiters.
      Jun 21
    • AT&T recreate
      Agreed to everyone up here. LinkedIn is not a scam, turn on the option where a recruiter can reach out to you. You will not believe how many people will actually reach out to you. Once you start interviewing again, you will get your confidence back and before you know it, you will have a good job! Pm me the role you are looking for, I will keep an eye out in my company
      Jun 21
  • SWC / Data
    spiked

    SWC Data

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    Virtusa
    BIO
    Looking for new opportunities in data. Maybe move to North Carolina.
    spikedmore
    Learn Business Intelligence. Easiest way to get into tech and there are a ton of opportunities and they pay very well. For this you'll need to learn SQL, databases, data warehousing, and a dashboarding tool like PowerBI. Opportunities are all over the place. Within 2 years you can make 80k if you jump on the right opportunities, with perhaps a consulting or contracting company.
    I have 3.5 yrs experience in the Midwest and I'm around 105k
    Jun 20 3
    • New / IT ComTеch
      OP
      Db/sql is pretty intuitive. I am familiar with the stuff you're talking about, save PowerBI.

      Maybe it's time to throw away 15 years of experience. Sigh. Also, thank you.
      Jun 20
    • Verizon kurious1
      With 5g needs to have RAN at every pole and intersection, I am sure you would have lot of opportunities coming your way. If you are in one of the cities where carriers are deploying 5G, you may find something. Moat of such jobs are unionized, so if you have union related connections, it may help
      Jun 20
    • New / IT ComTеch
      OP
      Oh yeah, considering the backhaul demands of 4g (I designed radio networks using EDX Msite and ComStudy/RadioCompass) were only really met in the last few years. 5g won't have the infrastructure to back the rollout, and probably won't really meet demand across the board for at least 3 to 5 years.
      Jun 20
  • Verizon kurious1
    There have been good reviews of them - https://lambdaschool.com/. They train and place you but take a cut later off your salary once you get placed with job > 50K to recover tuition. Nothing upfront. Since you seem to have tech background and know about sql etc, you may find it easy and will update your skills to broaden possibilities for you.
    Jun 20 1
    • New / IT ComTеch
      OP
      Thanks. I'll take a look.
      Jun 20
  • Whats your location?
    Jun 20 1
    • New / IT ComTеch
      OP
      Sent you a PM
      Jun 20
  • Amazon / Eng
    super hulk

    Amazon Eng

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    Amazon
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    Solutions architect
    super hulkmore
    Oh man. Telecom is hard sector to get job compared to IT. My wife was in Telecom and faced a lot of difficulty switching jobs. Once she ended up in an IT role at her company she had skills usable for many more organization. Career switch is a thing too. May not be for you but worth evaluating.
    Jun 20 0