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So, I made a decision a few months ago to end my employment. This decision was, as they say, encouraged by the upper management at the time. We reached a mutual agreement that we were not meeting each others expectations and neither of us had any intentions of changing expectations. Besides, I am well and truly sick of maintenance, engineering, and manufacturing in general.
So I shot out a ton of resumes, cleaned/organized my garage, built some speaker cabinets, and interviewed quite a bit. I avoided the recruiters - they want to place me in maintenance management again and I am done with that game. It is a shitty, shitty career choice. I think the only job that approaches the level of "thankless" might be IT. This might be TMI - but since I really wear my heart on my sleeve anyways, I entered a very dark place over the last year or two. Then I ran across an article that described "Install/Repair/Maintenance" as the profession with the second highest suicide rate in the nation. I know why that is, and despite my personal efforts to help change the companies view on the maintenance team they still held on to old school mentalities on it. Work them like dogs. Wear them out physically, beat them down emotionally. It is shit work for increasingly shittier pay, and most manufacturers these days demand the same person who modifies PLC code is also mopping the breakrooms.
So after awhile of allowing the depression to dominate, and believe me - I have dealt with mental health issues for a very long time - I came to the realization that I had to simply get out and do something different.
So the long story somewhat shortened, I saw a job posting for "production manager". Normally I would not click on that type of description, except I had never heard of the company. So out of curiosity, I clicked and realized it was nothing to do with production per se.
The company is a franchised bathroom remodeling outfit called "Rebath". The gentleman I interviewed with is out of Omaha, and he generally impressed me and I impressed him so I am his first hire for the yet to be opened Rebath franchise in this region. I get to go to Phoenix for two weeks for training, and then to the Omaha branch for a week to shadow a manager there, and then back to Sioux Falls to build the warehouse, hire installers, buy a forklift and a shitload of tools and pickups and trailers. He is going to pay me pretty decent, so no major setback there. After I get the show up and running, my job duties will primarily be project management oriented, which suits me just fine.
Eventually, we plan on opening a second warehouse in Sioux City and will be researching additional territories in the central plains.
So yeah, this is my first non-maintenance/engineering job since before I went to tech school in 2002. I am very excited, not a little scared, but ultimately looking forward to something new and different. Plus, I will have one of my install teams do my basement bathroom and remodel my two upstairs bathrooms. Rebath has a relationship with Lowes, as well so I might get a price on stuff there. We'll see. Great excite.
Thus the $600 bottle of Scotch.