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colorado thinker Donating Member (676 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-08-07 09:54 PM
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Need employment advice - Please?
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After this week, I don't think I can make myself go back to my job. I've worked there 7 years, on top of a previous 28 years toiling away in Corporate America's cubicle farms. But this place is the worst. Too complicated to tell you, suffice it to say that we've spent the last 18 months trying to shove 1000 lbs of manure into a 500 lb bag and management is now panicking because it isn't working.

Anyway, I need input/advice on the following: I'm an early 50's female, making excellent money in a semi-professional job category. I suddenly have this burning desire to chuck it all, go to bartender school, sign up for a political science degree and bartend to support myself. All I really need to make is 50 to 60% of my current salary to meet the bills, get my 19 year old son fully employed and out of my house, and start living a different life.

Am I mad? Would anyone hire me as a novice bartender at my age? I'm healthy, fit, and physically sound (no joint problems, weight within reasonable limits for my height/age) and love to talk to a variety of people.

Could this work? I have to get out.

Thanks for your help!
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  -Need employment advice - Please? colorado thinker  Jun-08-07 09:54 PM   #0 
  - Sounds great.  Buzz Clik   Jun-08-07 09:57 PM   #1 
  - The one summer I did the bartending thing, I enjoyed it -  salin   Jun-08-07 10:00 PM   #2 
  - Find a good bar, don't sample the wares.  bemildred   Jun-08-07 10:01 PM   #3 
  - Wow, you sound just like me.  evlbstrd   Jun-08-07 10:02 PM   #4 
  - Maybe it's our ages  colorado thinker   Jun-08-07 10:10 PM   #6 
     - I will get the bus.  evlbstrd   Jun-08-07 10:23 PM   #10 
  - Changing jobs at 50+ isn't as bad as it used to be.  napi21   Jun-08-07 10:03 PM   #5 
  - Dealing with sh*t with a smile  colorado thinker   Jun-08-07 10:12 PM   #8 
  - It depends on where you live  Poiuyt   Jun-08-07 10:30 PM   #12 
  - i'd stay where i'm at  dweller   Jun-08-07 10:11 PM   #7 
  - Actually, I've been doing just that  colorado thinker   Jun-08-07 10:23 PM   #9 
  - I've just taken a 40% pay cut to get to a less stressful place in life,  lectrobyte   Jun-08-07 10:26 PM   #11 
  - stay....  unkachuck   Jun-08-07 10:32 PM   #13 
  - I dropped out of the consumer economy 5 years ago  tech3149   Jun-08-07 10:38 PM   #14 
  - Thank you for your uplifting response  colorado thinker   Jun-08-07 11:01 PM   #15 
  - Go for it!!  Morgana LaFey   Jun-08-07 11:12 PM   #16 
  - Sounds good  gravity   Jun-08-07 11:20 PM   #17 
  - If I were you I'd do it.  jilln   Jun-08-07 11:25 PM   #18 
  - do it but don't burn any bridges  Hamlette   Jun-08-07 11:26 PM   #19 
  - Go tell your boss the real deal. Say it like it is. Fix things for the sake of all.  L. Coyote   Jun-08-07 11:33 PM   #20 
  - I have a crazy job too. I interviewed for another job in another city today  live love laugh   Jun-08-07 11:39 PM   #21 
  - Go for the joy!!!  emilyg   Jun-09-07 12:04 AM   #22 
  - I changed jobs to lower paying but much less stressful mid 40's  uppityperson   Jun-09-07 12:09 AM   #23 
  - I'd love to do the same thing. Except not a bartender..I'd like to be a cashier  applegrove   Jun-09-07 12:36 PM   #24 
  - You don't want to be a cashier  jmowreader   Jun-09-07 06:45 PM   #25 
     - I second that. I've worked as a cashier and I found nothing  lizzy   Jun-09-07 06:48 PM   #26 
     - It's dangerous even if you DON'T get robbed  jmowreader   Jun-10-07 07:53 AM   #27 
     - There are stores that are not so dangerous. Like in malls or box stores.  applegrove   Jun-10-07 11:02 AM   #30 
     - Doesn't sound like a place I'd like to work at either.  applegrove   Jun-10-07 11:03 AM   #31 
  - If it makes you happy, do it.  WritersBlock   Jun-10-07 08:04 AM   #28 
  - Coyote Ugly?  rucky   Jun-10-07 08:19 AM   #29 
 

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