Networking/Job Offers/Career Options
Many of you may have experienced something like this as you were transition from one job/industry to another. This is kind of new to me.
This past week I attended a "space conference" for the current industry I work in. This conference has government/educational/commercial components. There was over 7000 attendees and I probably knew at least 100 people that attended many of which I have worked with over the past 10 plus yrs. And of these 100 people they probably introduced me to anothe 100 or so. It was really a good time and there is some really exciting things.
A lot of these folks are retired military working in business development, government support, system developers, etc. During the 3 days at least 15 pulled me aside and asked me about my future plans when I retire in 2 yrs. I got several comments like "I want you to call me so we can talk about your path ahead once you retire." and "you are a known commodity we would love for you to join our team." I recognize that overtime my human capital will dimenish if I walk away from the industry that I know and my contacts. But do I care?
Over the last 9 months I have a lot of friends who have started their transition from the military to the private sector. Most of them ended up in defense land or govt service. It has been interesting watching their path. I guess there are options out there if I want to pursue this path also. A lot of folks have told me that organizational fit is more important that $$. I agree with this for the most part.
But while at the conference I got to thinking about a few things.
1. There are a lot of other industries that could utilize my skills if I wanted to pursue these.
2. Staying in what I know would be the easiest transition but also the most boring.
3. These kind of jobs and salaries demand a lot of time and effort.
4. Maybe I am not interested in any of these?
Overall did the conference change my thought process on what I think I have planned? I don't think so, but I realized I need to keep my options open just in case and play it by ear. I must admit one of the discussions was far more than I imagined. The goal is to get things in my control so I don't have to do something I don't want along the job line if I go down this path.