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Hey guys,

I've been working for the phone company for 15 years and I'm there to stay. I get 5 weeks of paid vacation a year with them. Right now, I have a pretty sweet gig working from home except for one thing, the schedule. I work from 3:00 PM to 1:30 AM, every other weekend off. Even when I'm off for the weekend my Friday night is fucked because I'm there so late. I think the loss of weekends kills my productivity in learning and experiencing game.

I currently live in Salt Lake City, UT. I'm thinking of taking an outside tech job with the same phone company installing internet in Portland, OR. I don't think I would ever work past 7 PM, even if I had to work a Saturday here and there. This is a big decision for me. Does this seem like a good idea?

Thanks in advance guys!

Vince

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What's the pay? If it's

What's the pay? If it's comparable I'd probably definitely take it. You could easily transfer back if it didn't work out but it sounds like a good gig. I had a buddy who made good money doing the installs. Plus yes it's way better for game development. 

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The pay is slightly higher as

The pay is slightly higher as a tech than what I'm doing now. It must also be better in the sense that I'll be around people where working from home I'm here alone often. Thanks Jon!

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You a system tech? AKA the

You a system tech? AKA the guy with the bucket truck?

EDIT: Nevermind, I reread the part where you said you were working from home.

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Prioritize.

Prioritize.

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Yes, I'm currently working

Yes, I'm currently working from home but if I go out to the field I'd be driving a van or a half ton truck like an F150. 

Working from home is sweet but I'm missing out on a lot of stuff as they keep me working until 1:30 AM.

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If you want something, get it

If you want something, get it fucking done. No one is going to hold your hand.

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I'm a technician for the

I'm a technician for the cable company making $14.94 per hour. You'll be around people, sure, but some of these people are just plain shitheads. Like straight up, just warning you what you'll be getting into. Also, some of these houses/apartments are truly disgusting. Then again, if it's internet only installs and in Portland then you'll be around higher quality people than I'm currently around lol.

I don't have too much of a problem with this because I like money, and some of the man-skills you learn are pretty sweet. But turnover for technicians out here is high as fuck. Many people leave after 6-9 months.

I plan to leave in peace after a little bit for more cash, but just understand that most people leave after a while for a higher paying job once they have some techincal experience in their resume.

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I got an interview for this

I got an interview for this job a few days ago, it went well. I appreciate all the advice guys, this was very helpful.

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