career goals

These past few weeks I keep finding myself referring back to my three career goals.  I figure it’s probably best if i lay this out.. mostly for myself and giving myself something concrete to look back to.

1) Get closer to mcallen.

I’ve lived in mcallen and the upper valley for a while now.  Buying a house pretty much solidifies that i’m going to be stuck in mcallen for a while.  Grant it the current commute isn’t horrible- that’s about 45 minutes a day i’m on the road from my carport to the parking lot and back.  The expressway has gotten better now that most of the construction is complete.  The drive can be a drag though.  I have over 150,000 miles on my car already and i got it after i started working here.  It would be nice to be able to go home for lunch and save money in going out to eat or all the gas driving across the valley

2) Provider better for my family.

Things are not as comfortable as they used to be.  Clear Channel was in the process of selling to a private company.  They had to cut all expenses which meant no raises for anyone.  Come to think of it, i haven’t gotten a raise a few months after i started here 6+ years ago.  At no fault of the local management, but Corp isn’t spending any money.  Back in december my wife got laid off.  All of a sudden we were living on half our income.  Oil prices fell which was good for gasoline pump but bad for the royalty payments.  With two kids in college now, a house mortgage, 4 cars, a new roof looming and just trying to stay afloat.. it’s been a good exercise of faith for the both of us, but we are both ready for some breathing room.  Also, with the uncertainty of “the market”, who knows how soon it will be before i’m on the chopping block as part of a RIF.  In the past two months i’ve seen a handfull of job openings for computer people throughout the company.  (are IT people jumping ship all over the company?) I’m looking for somewhere i can still be at 5, 10, 25 years from now.

3) Get back into to a service career.

Not just trying to make “the man” richer or put profit on the shareholders books, but to actually do a service.  Feel good about going to work, look forward to seeing what the day brings.  Work in an industry where i can be a part of something bigger and more important.

Of course there are a few other things i’d like to find in a new career but those are the three bigies.