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June 14, 2009 at 6:59 am #1125
howdy all, new member. the wife and i have talked about taking contract work in antarctica for several years but life never allowed it. weʹre now getting to the point where we want to make it happen, and weʹre trying to plan accordingly next year.i donʹt have any specific questions at this stage, but i thought iʹd introduce myself and explain our background in hopes of soaking up any advice that youʹve got.weʹve both got engineering backgrounds (she = civil, me = chemical). after a couple of years in industry i went back to school and sheʹs been working for several engineering/consulting firms. weʹre currently living overseas but we realize weʹd likely have to make our way back to the states during the hiring process to make it happen.to be honest – weʹd be happy to do just about any job(s) they have us do, as this is certainly more about the experience than the money or the career benefits… however, with that said – if something applicable to our work interests is available weʹd go for it.iʹve been looking at research associate positions and sheʹs been looking at a few things, most recently the draftsman and surveyor jobs (she could write a book on just about all the cad packages out there and sheʹs a licensed/certified surveyor). truthfully, iʹd be keen to try out something a little more hands-on, via one of the apprentice positions but without any direct experience iʹm not holding out for them.iʹve read on other forums that going down “as a couple” is seen as a positive when theyʹre considering your application. any insight into that would be appreciated. iʹll continue to monitor this forum, but if anyone has a comment or advice based on what iʹve written – just send it my way.cheers.June 14, 2009 at 6:59 am #9579
hi ogrex,iʹm deploying right now so i donʹt have much time to chat, but iʹll comment on what i can — perhaps others will join in too.> to be honest – weʹd be happy to do just about any job(s)hereʹs a tip: the jobs requiring a high skill level are harder for the company to fill. this means your chances are better if your skills match the position. entry-level jobs get thousands of applications and they also donʹt pay as well.> iʹve been looking at research associate positions> and sheʹs been looking at a few thingsbe aware that ra positions are typically full-year contracts. most other positions are austral summer only.know anything about cryogenicsʔ the pole often looks for a cryo tech (again, full-year). also consider assistant lab manager or marine science tech (for you).>truthfully, iʹd be keen to try out something a little more hands-on,> via one of the apprentice positionsapprentice positions are typically entry level. you can probably do any of them, but again youʹre up against some stiff competition.> iʹve read on other forums that going down “as a couple” is seen as a> positive when theyʹre considering your application.sometimes, but not necessarily — especially not if youʹre new in the program. going as a couple means you both have to pq, both have to get job offers, and both have to be willing to go. imo, many managers are reluctant to take that gamble on new hires. after youʹve done a few contracts it gets easier to arrange.good luck – and donʹt give upǃ many things can happen.glennJune 14, 2009 at 6:59 am #9580
hi glenn:iʹve seen your numerous posts on this board, so let me say thanks for chiming in with your advice. always helps to hear from the experts.weʹd certainly like to go for some of the “higher skill level” jobs but i guess i was just trying to convey the fact that weʹre more than happy to step outside our comfort zone to get this opportunity (as are most people now that i think about it). so point taken.the ra position sounds like a damn perfect fit with both my interests and research experience. iʹm a bit of a lab rat, but i also know more than my fair share about computer/network repair and maintenance, and iʹve been writing reports for other people for longer than i care to remember. unfortunately a full-year commitment is unlikely on my part so iʹll have to be up-front about that. i may get down there and love it, but itʹs a lot to sign on for without any first hand knowledge. iʹll keep my eye open on the asst lab mgr and marine sci tech positions you mentioned. frankly my [scientific] interests are broad and iʹd welcome the chance to branch out into something new.as for the couple issue… iʹm afraid thatʹs going to be a deal breaker. i understand how it decreases our chances in the eyes of some hiring managers, but this was my wifeʹs passion to begin with… i just jumped on the bandwagon. now iʹm leading the charge but thereʹd be hell to pay if i tried to go without her (and vice versa). i suppose weʹll have to take our chances. weʹre both fit and skilled, so hopefully we can convince someone to take a gamble.cheers.
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