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Old 11-12-2018, 09:01 PM   #1
sixbennetts
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Intro-Career advice for disabled vet's son.

Hi folks,

Looking for some career advice for my son.

I'm a long time 'Dacklover. Used to hike, hunt, & fish all over before my injuries. Now, I explore backroads, dirt roads, and CP-3 trails with my MAPPWD permit on an old Ural motorcycle & sidecar towing a tiny 350lb motorcycle tent trailer. I miss the trails, but my wife and I still manage to get out there, and pride ourselves on being gentle and leaving no trace.

My son is who I'm asking for advice about. He's mid 20's and has a bachelor's from SUNY in Expeditionary Studies. He's currently teaching English in Korea, so he's not exactly exploiting his degree like he could.

Without meddling, I'd like to be able to make a few suggestions here and there. Obviously, he could go to Paul Smith's for forestry, and move into ranger or warden territory, but there's gotta be something else.

So, I'm looking for jobs/careers in the Adirondacks or Greens over in VT. He's got a wonderful eye behind the camera lense, and obviously hiking, kayaking, etc., would help him get to the more remote photo ops. But I see SO MUCH stunning photography from our area, I can't help but doubt there's room for a career in it.

So, give me some suggestions, please. How can I help guide him?

Thanks
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Old 11-13-2018, 10:37 AM   #2
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I know you want him closer, but I think there is much more opportunity in the outdoor work fields in the West than in the East. As a political comment, I would also try to avoid the corrupt, city-centric governments on the coasts (NY and CA, for example), and aim for inland. In my travels, folks in those fields in Utah, South Dakota, Nevada, etc., seem to be pretty happy...
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Old 11-13-2018, 03:11 PM   #3
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Thanks, TD. I was afraid of that. We've toyed with the idea of using my GI Bill to start some kind of adventure guide service geared towards the younger crowd. He's an accomplished ice wall and rock wall climber. He's also worked as a bike mechanic.

He and his older brother did the Annapurna circuit on bikes last year, and the Great Divide mbr the year before that. He also kayak camps the coast of Maine, and paddled/camped around the Outer Hebrides in Scotland.

So he's definitely got the chops to be a world class guide, I just don't know where to steer him. Does National Geographic hire guides? I know they hire local fixers, but guides who plan expeditions?

I just don't know how the industry works, or what jobs to suggest. (And of course I want to keep him close, he's my liddle baby boy!)

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