|Max first started out as a Power
Technologist in 1974 and worked at it for 2 years. Then he decided he
to be an accountant so, he got involved in that for a period of time.
seemed like it should be a good profession to be involved in. It was a
respectable profession where people seem to make a good living and had
decent working conditions. Things didnít work out quite the way he
they should so he soon realized that accounting wasnít the thing to be
Max found himself back working as a Power Engineer Technologist and it was for all the same reasons why he got involved in it the first time. I guess he should have gone with his first impressions of what he thought a career could be. He realized the pay, job security, time off to enjoy the good things in life is what keeps a smile on a manís face.
The career fits well with many of Maxís interests. One thing he likes is computers. There is plenty of opportunity to get involved in computers if you have the interest. Max does special programming and gets to assist with major projects due to his special training. He only does it because he wants to do it. When he retires he may choose to go into the computer business fulltime on an industrial level.
Max has an interesting lifestyle and if it wasnít for the kind of shift work schedule he has, he wouldnít be able to do it any other way that would be practical. You see he works at a facility about 300 Km away from where his wife and child live. He works for 4 or 5 days and then he is home for 4 or 5 days with his family. This way Max maintains a high income and gets to spend hiss days off with wife and son in the big city. He also invests alot of time and money into the education of his son. This is a high priority with Max.
The reason why Max chooses to do this is because, he canít transfer with his employer to the city and he is pension dependent and so canít just pick and go to another employer as his pension is not transferable. I am pension dependent also. We have what are called non-contributory pensions. You should know, a non-contributory pension significantly limits your independence. So let this be a lesson to all of you out there. We found out too late in the game about pensions and the different types there are out there with employers. Never go with a non-contributory type of pension plan. If you can, make sure the pension you have is a pension you have 100% control over. Speak to a financial advisor about your pension options before making your pension decisions.
Maxís personal traits that allow him success in the business are:
Analytical ability for troubleshooting and a pension for computer work. Max believes that computer knowledge is essential for advancement in the business.
Humor and people skills help allot too he says.
Maxís hobbies are:
Woodworking, skiing, travel and yup
Best of luck to you Max...
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