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Is it a bad idea to begin an 1811 career in your mid-thirties?

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  • Esco
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    You'd be surprised what you can in a 20 year career. If you're willing to move a few times you'll potentially be SAC/ASAC level sooner than you think.

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  • Jwebb514
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    Good point. I'm about to graduate law school and work as an attorney for a major company in a fairly low cost of living area making around 130k a year with a good retirement program. I could easily work here, or in a similar position, until well into my sixties and beyond. So I guess what I'm really wanting to know is - would it be a bad move for me to give up this job in my mid-thirties for an 1811 spot, which would mean an initial pay cut and likely moving to a more expensive area, and then be out of work two decades later?

    I would think most people who are in contention for an 1811 spot would be similarly successful, especially those who are in their thirties, so that's why I thought this question might be generally applicable to a lot of people on this forum. But, by all means, please feel free to share your thoughts on my specific situation.

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  • espantoon
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    You'd have to supply more details about your current work, salary, 401(k)/retirement, and post-career options.

    The general answer is: it depends on the above factors.

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  • Is it a bad idea to begin an 1811 career in your mid-thirties?

    I am looking at the prospect of beginning an 1811 career in my mid-thirties. Although it's something I've always wanted to do, I'm beginning to question the wisdom of it. It seems like a poor decision for someone to leave a good job in their mid-thirties to work as an 1811 when you will be forced to retire two decades later. That doesn't give one a lot of time to build up rank/seniority before forced retirement, which could cause the 1811 retiree to end up back on the job hunt for a third career in their late fifties in an effort to make ends meet. It seems like it may be a smarter to move in terms of finances and overall stability to just stay put by this age. Does anyone else have any thoughts on this?

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