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I applied for a job to be Contract Negotiator that negotiates Air Force Jet contracts for the Department of Defense. So next time the government spends 50billion on a B-52, it could be me who saved a couple billion in taxpayer monies. It would be such a cool job even though its a longshot
If you like money, that job is awesome. If you hate suicide, that job blows hardcore. It is the most dull and incredibly boring job next to paint dryer. Not trying to be a dick, but if you are seriously considering contracting as a career I'd put forward this advice from hundreds of others in that exact field who hate it. But you do make bank as a civilian.
I talked to a guy in great depth about getting in without a MBA (which is "Mandatory"). He went to my University and graduated in the same program as I am about to graduate with. He didnt have an MBA and eventually convinced a lot of higher ups to bring him on. He came into my negotiation class and talked about how the class he had took/I was currently taking changed his career path towards a career for the DOD. The course really did shift my way of thinking and I think it would be so awesome to do this as a career. I'm hoping knowing him (5-6 years as a contract negotiator) gets at least a phone interview with someone even though I don't have an MBA (don't plan on it either).
It's going to be an exciting month as I am expecting to hear back from a handful of companies about a job after college. Wish me luck NS!
I'm looking at working for HHS hopefully on ACA when I finish my grad school program in Public Health - Policy later this year (that is if I don't go for a Doctorate).
From my experience with applying for government jobs and internships that fall within OPM, if you don't meet the qualifications they just drop you, although each listing usually includes several "or" alternatives.
for real. actually, there's probably not much I wouldn't do in exchange for an f18 ride. I'm guessing that it probably costs upwards of $15,000-$30,000. if I ever win the lottery, I'm blowing some cash on one of these rides. chub city.
Fucking awesome. My only lifetime dream was to pilot one of these bad ass machines - wish I pursued it, but after hearing what a good high school friend went through (now flies f-18's) it's literally insane and consumes your entire life
Gotta be the coolest job on the planet tho right?
I really wish I was a pilot back in the golden days of dogfights though..watching the old clips that the history channel shows gave me soooo much respect for those pilots..some of the most kick ass men to ever walk the planet
More like you have to be able to be smart under pressure. Common sense and calm under pressure is key. Smart yes, there is an unreal amount of knowledge we have to know by heart. However, pulling that obscure factoid out when the shit hits the fan to keep yourself from dying is what makes a fighter pilot's job more difficult. You're alone in a lot of models, you're going fast, as a wingman you're supposed to be ready to take the lead at any time, and you have 690 other things to do and think about already.
All pilots are typically smart guys, but just like anything else each mission takes a specific skill set and certain people are a much better fit.
I've got a friend at RMC (canadian) trying to get into pilot training and he didn't make it first year and he is a pretty smart guy (high 80's in highschool.) It would be such a sick job sadly it's very hard to get into, especially in Canada.
Really hard to break into the auto design world. My cousin was in a transportation design program at Art Center in Pasadena, it's one of only handful of auto design programs in the US, also very hard to get into and to do well in.
God if I ever get drafted I'm going to make it a mission to fly. I would have enlisted but its such a big committment over everything else I don't think could take it for that long. Hopefully one day I'll at least get a ride in one.
I think it's super lame that flying doesn't have a better video presence and things more like "edits" understandable though due to high costs. But seriously incredible machines like these don't get enough exposure:
Like FUUUUUUUUU! Inverted flatspin!!??11??!11 That's some under appreciated shit right there. How about some of this action from the WAC:
Oh yeah, torque roll? Bitches, no problem. These guys are madly underrated.
If only I could convince my dad to step us up to something aerobatic. He wants it, I know it, but will he ever do it.... That's the real question. I still get to enjoy this whip for the summer at the cost of fuel/maintenance though which is opportunity enough for me :D