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    I need advice! Background: I worked for a large county dept in MD for almost three years. It was great, I worked my way up to engineer in a little over two years, I had my dream job! My wife and I are originally from FL and decided on a whim to move back here to start a family and be closer to ours. She also left a great career behind.

    Now here is where my dilemma starts. FL doesn't recognize any of my prior training, nothing at all. I was able to get state certified and EMT and got picked up by a dept here. The dept is small and there isn't much room to move up. On average it takes 3 years to test and about 6+ to promote to engineer. I am very frustrated by all of this and have basically worked my self into an unhappy mindset although I do like my crew. At this point I do have an opportunity to return to my old dept at the same rank and continue on with my career there. What is holding me back is the thought of leaving family again and possibility that it won't be the same the second time around.

    Has anyone ever regretted switching depts and starting over? Anyone ever return to their old dept? Any advice at all is appreciated.

  • #2
    Leaving your extended family??

    How about since you are fla certified now, start testing for other Fla departments???

    What does your wife think about going back to MD???

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    • #3
      I have been with no luck. The wife has a very specific area she wants to be near. She is up for going back, but concerned that we'll want to leave again. It's hard to imagine 20 plus years up there.

      My offer to go back expires soon so I don't have much time to find anything else here. I'd hate to go back and find myself looking for greener pastures.

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      • #4
        The wife has a very specific area she wants to be near.

        in fla???

        If so maybe a commute dept, near where you live or want to live??

        Sounds like fla is your home

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        • #5
          Probably so. The only reason for going back is so I can be an engineer again. We liked it when we were there but we DID leave.

          it's hard adjusting and giving up a position like that.

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          • #6
            Like I said sounds like Fla is your home.

            Look at other depts. in a reasonable driving time, and start applying at some point.

            Since you are not working five days a week a 60 minute or a little more is not bad.

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            • #7
              So it's probably not a good idea to go try it again up there?

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              • #8
                Sounds like the majority of the family wants to stay in Florida?

                If so than, seems like need to go to plan B.

                As far as going back, I do not see a problem with it.

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                • #9
                  Well it's just the two of us. We have our parents here who support whatever we want to do. We moved back to start our family here.

                  like I mentioned, I have worked myself into an unhappy mindset here. The only option I can see at this point is to suck it up and change my mindset or just go back. I haven't been able to pull the trigger on going back tho.

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                  • #10
                    So why not other depts. in FLA?

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                    • #11
                      Bc it's slim pickings here. Plus Id have to start over again.

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                      • #12
                        You left, suck it up! I dont mean to sound snippy but you are all over the place! From someone who has volunteered, been career, still volunteer, work part time in EMS and full time as an RN its only a job. In the end the guys are clawing at the door to retire..........they retire and go get another job because it isnt enough money and they are bored. Stay close to family, once they pass you cannot get time with them back at all!!!
                        I may be wrong but t seems that you dont like being at the bottom of the ladder, being an engineer is great but so what?? There is a reason you left this great job and advancement to go back to FL, now you need to accept it. get some experience and look for a lateral transfer to another dept when you find the right place. Just 2 cents from and old guy that made mistakes and learned from them.

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                        • #13
                          Might sound silly or crazy but what is your department's trade time and work schedule like? If you have the option why don't you work with someone on trading time to maximize both of your issues. Living in FL and then commuting to work in MD? Crazy I know, but I've heard of a few in the area I work in do it.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by BlaserD View Post
                            You left, suck it up! I dont mean to sound snippy but you are all over the place! From someone who has volunteered, been career, still volunteer, work part time in EMS and full time as an RN its only a job. In the end the guys are clawing at the door to retire..........they retire and go get another job because it isnt enough money and they are bored. Stay close to family, once they pass you cannot get time with them back at all!!!
                            I may be wrong but t seems that you dont like being at the bottom of the ladder, being an engineer is great but so what?? There is a reason you left this great job and advancement to go back to FL, now you need to accept it. get some experience and look for a lateral transfer to another dept when you find the right place. Just 2 cents from and old guy that made mistakes and learned from them.
                            I agree. You've already made the decision. Why make it again? The only downside appears to be that you won't be an engineer for a while. Big deal! That is not worth leaving what does appear to the place you both consider home.
                            Time flies. Enjoy your family. Raise your kids. You will be an engineer again in the blink of an eye.

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                            • #15
                              I appreciate all the replies and advice. That is the only real downside other than money is better up north for both my wife and I. Might just move to the beach and suck up the work issues.

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