Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Bogota, Colombia
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I am not involved in the military, so you may not want to hear from folks like me but why the military? We're currently at war with Afghanistan, aren't we? Did we pull out? Not to mention North Korea, Iraq, Pakistan, the threats made about Iran, and the whol Israel issue. I'm just saying, it seems more than "thrill seeking" to join the armed forced NOW. I was also under the impression that military salaries were pretty poor. Are they really better than a private sector job?
Could you get the benefits of government work in another part of the public service?
Here is what I do when I come to a crossroads. It's just a quick exercise that helps put things into perspective.
1st: make a list of ten things that bring you joy, that really make you smile and fill your whole heart with elation...not people, actions.
2nd: make a list of ten things you are really good at. Things you are skilled, knowledgeable, and excel in.
3rd: make a list of jobs (available or not) that meet at least three things from each list.
Then look at the jobs list and see which ones: A) meet the most from each of the first two lists. B) are the most plausible options and C) are affordable or realistic.
Then evaluate more practical issues like additional schooling necessary, time investment, flexibility with kids, etc.
This was what I did to find my way into teaching. Best thing I ever did and my lists all hold true today, over 12 years later.
That being said, from what little I know of an MPH, it seems like you have a pretty specific field. Were you planning on working for the WHO or something when you started? Any reason something like that wouldn't work?
I guess I am just trying to figure out how an MPH translates to a Navy Pilot.
Rebekah - mom to Ben 03/05 and Emily 01/10, a peace educator, and a veg*n and wife to Jamie.