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February 11, 2007 at 2:16 am #455
Hi, I want to thank all the people who have taken time to post information on this discussion board over the past year. I have been in the corner with all the other wall flowers enjoying the posts, but up until now, have never joined in. I am presently starting the process of trying to get a job on the ice (yes, I’m going to the job fair) and was curious if any of the first timers last session were reapplying for this year. Also, after reading how excited everyone was when they first got their assignments, I’d love to know what was your experience like.
Again, hats off to all of you; this board has been a great resource and source of inspiration.
DZFebruary 11, 2007 at 4:02 am #3446
good luck in your endevours.
As a group, we look forward to this time of year as we watch the new group of people trying to get hired. Best advice at this point is to go back and read all the old posts, then start asking questions. When you go to the job fair it helps to have a good understanding of the jobs you are applying for. Trades jobs like carpenters and electricians etc are pretty standard, but most other jobs have peculiar antarctic twists. Remember when you meet the hiring managers that while you would give anything for a chance to come down here to see the beauty, what they want are people who will work. It’s a 54 hour six days a week job and you are expected to devote your energies to work during those hours. It seems like a lot of hours, but it is somewhat mitigated by the fact that you have no commute. If you summer, 24 hour daylight means that you have sunlight after work for as long as you want to stay outside. It takes some practice at first, but it’s not too difficult to balance the long work week with play.
What kinds of work have you done in the past? Maybe we can steer you towards a particular field.
MikeFebruary 11, 2007 at 9:27 pm #3447LittleChipperMember
I, too am heading to the job fair!
(I did respond privately – but then thought I might as well share with the “group”!)
I booked a hotel room several weeks ago – and am ready to make the 8 hr drive.
Now, I am just patiently (or not) waiting….
See you there!
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Thanks for the quick response. I have been reading the old posts for the past few (or few more than few) months. I found out about working on Antarctica right after last years hiring season and as LittleCipper said, have been patiently (or not) waiting for this seasons hiring to begin.
As for my background, right now I work for a non-profit maintaining the office IT and working in the membership department- but my responsibilities are varied. You know that line in job descriptions that say ‘other duties as needed’? It’s often invoked at my office and in any given week I might be building furniture, putting the handle back on the fridge, taking old computers to get recycled…Aside of random admin experience I also worked as a landscaper for a while and make a mean espresso. I’ve heard/read that GA positions are a great place to start, anything else you would recommend?
How long did you work on the ice? Any plans of returning?
DZFebruary 13, 2007 at 11:53 am #3449
Thanks for the message. I too am patiently/impatiently waiting. Any idea what types of positions you are looking for?
dzFebruary 14, 2007 at 7:45 am #3450
IT jobs come to mind, but I think you might try checking out the helper jobs at FEMC. UT helper comes to mind. They go around fixing little things like burnt out light bulbs. Somewhat lower paying, but it’s a in job that leads into a full blown UT job. They change out furnaces and due the more heavy duty repairs.February 15, 2007 at 4:21 am #3451
I’ll make sure and check out those jobs out when they get posted.
dzJuly 30, 2007 at 3:15 am #3452John_WeaverMember
Gee… All I know is I wish I could go down, I would much rather spend a bad winter or a bad winfly/summer down there than time stuck here in this house! Four surgeries later and my back still isn’t any better! Am I through with the surgeries yet… well maybe I will know that the middle of August when I have my 6 month Cat Scan done after they did an implant of a bone growth stimulator to try and get the fusion to actually grow some bone like it is supposed to do…BTW everybody….I do not recommend the Medivac service from Mc Murdo! While they made every effort to keep me comfortable, 14,000 miles it a long way to come home with a sore back! (not enough drugs in the world, or at least that they would give me!) So take care of your self’s and have a safe and fun season!
JohnAugust 2, 2007 at 11:09 pm #3453
Yeah the medivac thing sucks. One of the good things about having Raytheon as the contractor is that they have a huge focus on safety. Almost too much, but the bottom line is that they don’t want anyone to get hurt. Even a little. The old mentality of doing whatever is needed to get the job done, doesn’t exist anymore. There are still a few people who cut corners, but if you get hurt doing such things, the wrath of the supreme commander falls on your head.
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