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Popular Jobs for Men in Texas – Finding Employment in the Lone Star State

The following article is a sponsored post. The economy is the largest and one of the most rapidly growing economies in the United States. I live in Dallas, Texas. I can personally say people are moving to the city every day. 

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The Lone Star State has plenty to offer job seekers looking for new employment opportunities. The state of Texas has managed to maintain a relatively stable economy despite the nation seeing an overall decline in recent years. Major cities like Austin and Dallas have many opportunities for both men and women, but other areas of the state are also rich in jobs geared towards men.

Firefighters

Firefighter jobs in Texas are abundant with opportunities found throughout most cities of the state. Firefighters are not only responsible for combating fires, they also provide emergency aid services, participate in training and drills, educate the public on fire safety and also prepare reports. The qualifications needed for the job will vary with each city, but most will require the passing of a physical agility exam, a background check, interviews and a Human Performance and Evaluation physical and drug test. In addition, applicants must have a high school diploma and state certifications on fire protection and EMT basic certification. The average firefighter earns approximately $30,000 per year.

Petroleum Engineers

Petroleum engineering is another popular job in Texas that comes with an average salary of $97,250. These individuals are responsible for creating new methods for extracting gas and oil from the earth’s surface. Texas employment opportunities in this field are 8 times the national average, which makes the Lone Star State the perfect place for petroleum engineers to seek out employment.

Rotary Drill Operators

Another popular in state of Texas jobs for men is a rotary drill operator. Those who work in this field are in charge of setting up and operating drills to remove gas and oil from underneath the earth’s surface. When compared to other states, Texas has 7 times more employment opportunities in this field and the average person earns more than $40,000 per year.

Animal Scientists

Job opportunities as an animal scientist are surprisingly abundant in the state of Texas. These scientists perform research in reproduction, nutrition, genetics and the development of domesticated farm animals. The average annual salary of an animal scientist in Texas is $44,815.

Mining and Geological Engineers

This field also includes mining and safety engineers. Not surprisingly, Texas offers many opportunities in this field with the number of individuals working in this field being 5 times the national average. As the job title suggests, persons working in this field are in charge of removing minerals, such as metals and coal, from mines. These materials are then used for utilities and manufacturing purposes. The average salary in this field is $88,000.

Anesthesiologists

Anesthesiologists earn more than $100,000 per year and the state of Texas offers more job opportunities than the average state. These physicians are trained in administering anesthesia and in perioperative medicine. Although the job requires intensive training, it is a rewarding career in a flourishing field that is always in demand.

No matter whether you are looking for firefighter jobs in Texas or opportunities as an anesthesiologist, using a job search site like Jobtonic.com is one of the best ways to find local employment opportunities. Online job search sites typically have the most up-to-date listings and are consistently being updated with new opportunities. Regardless of how you search for your new job, you can find peace of mind in knowing that the state of Texas has plenty of employment opportunities to go around.

HOW A CORPORATE JOB CHANGES YOUR MIND SET OVER TIME

Time at My Corporate Job

I have been at my corporate job for 1 year and 2 months. I’m surprised how quickly and slowly time is going. Why quickly and slowly? Well, the work week drags, but the weekend goes way too quickly!

I have changed my mindset over the past year. I remember dreaming of work! Seriously, I wanted to graduate school, get an awesome job, excel at it, get promoted, make money, etc.

Dreams Before My Corporate Job

I remember having a conversation with an old close friend about two years. We talked about our dreams, and plans for life after we graduated college, and we realized we were at two polar ends. He wanted to go travel cross country and live off the land. He even considered being a park ranger. This is a software engineer! At the time I was baffled at his dream. I thought doesn’t he want a house? A car? How time changes! I now see where he was coming from at the time. For your information, he is still working a job like the rest of us, but knowing him, he’s saving up to go into the wilderness in a couple of years.

A Job Is an End to the Means

Now? It’s not really a dream. It’s more a means to an end. The end is affording living expenses. Unfortunately, life is not cheap. I wouldn’t be surprised if in a couple hundred years, even breathing costs money.

Yes, we do save money. But it’s definitely a conscious decision, or multiple decisions over time. No, we don’t need that. Yes, we need to save. Don’t spend money we don’t have.

How a Corporate Job Has Changed My Mindset

When I first started, I was super excited. I’m a very energetic person, and have always done a lot. My job is great, but I have realized a company is not loyal to employees. You can get laid off at any time, there’s only so much you can make if you are not an executive, and it’s easy to get caught up in the spending mindset. I have met so many people at my job that live paycheck to paycheck despite having a $100,000 plus job. It especially surprises me when I talk to people who are in their 50s and have barely any retirement savings despite having worked high paying professional jobs. But then I think it’s easy to spend the money one earns. If I look at the parking lot and garage at my company, people drive really nice and new cars. They go on nice, expensive vacations. They have nice, expensive houses. It all costs money. I’m not judging! But I can’t phantom myself paying for all those expenses. A coworker has a $1,500 monthly truck payment. $1,500 is half of our monthly expenses. It’s so easy to feel comfortable and safe at your nice, cushy job. I feel like that sometimes; which is why it’s important for us to pay cash for everything, well except for a house. We are going to get a mortgage.

I don’t want to be 50 and still stuck in a corporate job

I have realized I don’t want to be 50 and still stuck at my corporate job because I can’t afford to not have it. I really want us to live off 50% of our income and invest/save the rest. As our income increase, I want to increase our investment percentage and decrease the percentage we live off our savings.

Climbing the Corporate Ladder

I still want to do well at my job, and eventually become an executive. One day.

Developing a side business

I still want to develop a side business that generates revenue. We haven’t planned it yet, but we may venture into real estate at some point in the next five years. Online revenue is still an undiscovered territory for me. I’m learning something new every day.

I’m not trying to be pessimistic in this post. I’m actually being extremely pragmatic and realistic. So, share your thoughts!

 How has your job changed your mindset?

 Never, ever, think outside the box

Never, ever, think outside the box (Photo credit: Mrs eNil)

 

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Never Burn Bridges

A reorganization in my department was announced today.

While no layoffs are in the works, – that’s what we have been told so far – here’s some quick observations/thoughts/opinions on my reorganization experience.

  • Don’t burn bridges. Let me repeat this…never burn bridges. It’s a smaller world than you think it is, and you never know who you will end up working for, with, along….think about any preposition you want to use here. 
  • Development is in your hands. If you want to develop your career, don’t wait for your manager to develop your career. Take your career by the horns, and steer it. Because if you leave it up to your manager it won’t happen. One of my coworkers has been relocated to a new team. It came as a shock to her. She wasn’t asked if she wanted to move to the new team. My manager simply “did what she wanted.” She has been wanting to develop her career, and asking to switch positions; handle a new commodity category. She didn’t want to move to the new team, but my manager already found a new replacement. Let’s just say she was not pleasantly surprised.
  • Our organization seems to be getting top heavier. In management’s words, they are adding “line managers” to manage work more effectively.

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Do any of you have experiences with reorganizations? Any interesting stories to share?

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Reviewing Your Professional Profiles

It’s been a year since I started working at my new company role, and I realized I didn’t have my resume, or Linked In profile updated. So I spent a couple of hours Sunday night, updating my resume, Linked In profile, and searching online for some new job openings.

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No, I’m not quitting my job, but, I think it’s important to be prepared.

Even if you are employed, make sure you have the following updated at all times:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Linked In Profile

It’s so important to keep up with your digital presence today.

Have you updated your professional profile or resume recently? How have you used Linked In to leverage your career?

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Corporate Politics

It’s been almost a year since I started working at my company. It’s definitely not the experience I was expecting. Maybe I had too much of a rosy picture of the corporate world? Beh..I don’t think I did. I knew I would have to deal with politics, it would take a while for me to get accustomed to the working environment, and time to get to know everybody.

The first six months were super bad. I had to completely switch my sleeping schedule, and learn to sit in front of my desk for 8 – 9 hours. I didn’t have a lot of work yet, and was not involved in many projects. It was actually quite boring.

Then, January started, and I began to support a new category manager, and the work just exploded. I have been playing catch up ever since, learning as I go, and really getting to know a lot of people in different departments.

I figured out sourcing is not going to be my lifetime career. I see myself in this position for the next three years. My hope is I get promoted to a category manager by the time I’m 25, and then I can start looking at different roles within and outside the company. I already have my eyes on the next position.

To get to the next role I will have to navigate a bunch of b*** corporate politics. Wait….I already have. :o

***The hardest part of my jobs is handling people and the politics that goes with a big organization. It’s important to never take things personal in the working world, and to have a rough skin. Read on for an example of political play within my organization. 

About two weeks ago, on a perfect Friday, I butted into a conversation with a junior member outside of our team (same position as me in the corporate ladder) and a category manager within my team. I started asking questions about a topic he was “proposing” one of my team’s category managers handle. I quote “proposing” because it was not a proposal. He basically came up to the category manager ( a senior member above him) and said:

Hey, I have discussed it with your boss, and several other directors, as well as other category managers within the team, and we decided your category is the best to implement this “big idea.” I’m going to set up a meeting with you and ____ department to discuss what we need to do moving forward. I just wanted to let you know.

 Category manager responded by saying:

What do you mean? I’m not aware of such discussions? Can you please explain how I can help here, seeing how this is not really my role. I have no visibility into those systems to implement the “big idea.”

My reaction knowing the background of the “big idea” was to butt in and start asking questions. First of all, I had extensive background on these types of “big idea” implementation across different industries, and I knew our company was nowhere near ready for such implementation. Having worked within the other ____ department during some of my recent projects, I understood the criteria to implement the “big idea” was not there. Furthermore, he was being extremely authoritative to a senior member of the organization. In addition, his “job” definitely did not fall into what he was trying to do. So, I interjected as started asking questions quite calmly. By this time, most of our team was involved in the discussion. 

I actually put him in the defense position because he did not know the answers. His knowledge was weak, and it showed. He actually started to tense up, and he made a couple of big mistakes. He accused the category manager of not wanting to do her work by pushing the work to the other side. He then raised his voice at me and basically told me to shut up by saying “Listen to me, listen to me, stop interrupting me.”

Yup….Things broke down at the moment. He tried to intimate me with his voice and posture, and it did not work.  The category manager and I pulled him aside to calm the situation down, and try to understand what the hell was going on. For the next 45 minutes, we both asked questions, and basically realized he had no idea of what he was talking about. 

The scary part? It seemed like he had convinced everyone to go with this “big idea.” When we mentioned we wanted to talk to the senior leaders to get their approval. He deflected and said they were on board.

Things ended “cordially” at this point. Although I really wanted to punch him. I have had several scuffles with him in the past, and he is by far an extremely arrogant, sleazy, creature. Management protects him because they say he is young and immature, but has a lot of potential. I laugh…I’m young at 22, but he is 30-31. Is that young??? Is it acceptable for him to disrespect women at that age? FYI…we are both in the same spot within the corporate ladder.

I should have reported his behavior to my manager, but I didn’t want to create any more enemies. It’s hard to tell who is his friend and is my friend, you see?

He set up a meeting and invited our entire team. I managed to convince of this to bring everyone on board. Frankly, it was also a way to bring other senior category managers to question his “big idea.”

At the last minute, everyone but the first category manager was dropped off the meeting. Pretty sucky, considering the category manager was about to face what she and I thought would be a tidal wave of opposition.

I was not in the meeting, but I received a summary from the category manager. Basically, the guy above had misrepresented a lot of information. The other department’s representative said the “big idea” would be impossible at the moment, and really it would be their responsibility to start such implementation. Furthermore, he had not talked to the senior leaders as he had represented in the beginning. In addition, my boss found out about his “behavior” via the category manager and had a talk with his supervisor.

The guy now barely talks to us. Seriously, his reaction instead of being proactive and a big man, is to ignore us.

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Is your organization political? What kind of politics have you witnessed or become involved in?

 

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Is It Time To Move On?

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Today I have a guest post from a lovely young lady. Jessica is a 23 year old, single mom, trying to survive SUCCEED in the BIG APPLE, NYC with her young son. She enjoys personal finance, humor, decor, cooking, and dancing. Thank you Jessica for sharing your story today. 

Many eons ago when I was still a college student…

I always thought when I graduated I would land my dream job and boom that would be it. Looking back I often wonder what I was thinking and whether my expectations were every realistic. I received my Business Associate’s Degree, hoping I would get a job and climb the corporate ladder. Two jobs later, I’m wondering where this corporate ladder is hiding?

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I was so excited when I first started my job as a Client Service Associate in a Private Wealth Management Firm. I was thrilled to finally be using my problem solving and communication skills to help our clients with a variety of financial needs in a fast paced environment. Fast forward one year, I answer and transfer calls, make copies, file, cover anyone who is out that day. I, ultimately, dread going into work every morning.  I need excitement, a legitimate position; not to be a floater covering everyone’s position when they are out. There is no room for growth in this company and my pay will not increase without some divine intervention. Lastly the atmosphere in this place is so gray and dismal, I hear at least one person daily who hopes to quit. I really believe it is time to move on.

When do you know it’s time to move on?

I sit here and I am not quite sure the financial sector is what I thought it was, or maybe the fact that this company has no room for growth and that the same positions are always available and rotated—Client Service Associate.  I am sure that I am not alone in this private battle when your “honeymoon” state at a new job is over and you really realize what you got yourself into.  There are obviously two choices: stay here and make the best of my position or move on and find something that I believe will be a better fit.

Things to consider when you’re undecided about your current position:

  1. Happiness: you spend 40 or more hours at your job! If you’re not happy, remember it’s your life your wasting!
  2. Compensation: Let’s face it if you’re not getting paid what you should be, the quickest way to make more is to find a job that pays more!.
  3. Career Advancement: If you’re in an entry level position, it should be just that entry level. There should be other levels above yours to move into, if there aren’t and you want to move up in this world… start searching.
  4. Benefits/Commute ETC: these are really important; benefits are expensive and if you find a company that offers better ones—RUN. Commuting is not always fun and also dips into your budget consider how much you actually spend in this money AND time wise.

You can trust I will be evaluating all of this as I venture onto my next big move. I have applied to continue my education this fall and get my Bachelor’s degree. Hopefully with my Bachelor’s, I will be able to get better job that offers career advancement. In the end,  I strongly believe that you hold the key to your destiny and that you should always value your time and what you do with it!

Savvy Financial Latina speaking now :) My two cents: Everyone starts at an entry level job. It does take some time and effort to get out of that entry level job. But Jessica is right. If you don’t see advancement within your company, then it’s time to move on. Maybe keep your job while you study in the evenings. Your work experience will, also, help you land your next job. Believe me! You need it on your resume. However, small you think your contribution, it is work experience. Focus on the positive side of the job training, and use it to land your next job. 

What would you do? Would you stay or move on? 

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Job Search Update

It’s time for an update on my job search. As a recent grad, I face the near daunting task of finding out what my next move will be. I have to tell you, it’s pretty scary and it keeps me up at night! This morning I woke up with a scary feeling in my gut. What happens after I land the job? What if I can’t do what my employers ask for? Argh…you get my point. Well, apart from those anxieties, I am anxious about finding a job.

I interviewed for an internship last week and got it. Want to hear/read something funny? I thought I was interviewing for a position in my file since the job was advertised in my school’s career works as so. More than 3/4 of the way through the job interview, the interviewer asked me why I was interested in a marketing product management position instead of supply chain? The question definitely caught me by surprise! I said in my head what??? And promptly, answered my degree had many applications. At school, I learned how to learn and solve problems, which can be applied in any field. :) I was offered a 10 week internship, $15/hour, 40 hours a week. I turned it down. (Read below)

A couple weeks ago, I decided to contact the company that offered me a very good position last year. I had an interview with them last week, and I am waiting their offer. Last year, they offered me a very competitive salary with good benefits. Let’s see what happens.

I, also, sat down with the VP of a company I consulted with this semester. We had lunch, and he’s interested in me joining his team. I have an interview Tuesday with four of his managers.

So, that’s my status right now. I am basically waiting, and I am such an impatient person. I just want to know!!! I am probably going to be writing a post soon comparing both companies.

On another note, we are moving out this weekend, so I have to pack.

How’s everybody doing?

SavvyFinancialLatina