This has to be the worst economy since the late 70's early 80's. Prior to the 4th of July holiday I was told that there was tons of work after the holiday. I was gearing up to have a long run of get er done work schedules. When I called the week after the 4th the boss was on vacation and wouldn't be back for a week or more. Called back 10 days later and nothing. Called the union hall to see what was happening. Nothing! Over 400 on the out of work lists. Usually in an election year there's at least some make work government project that keeps the peasants working and not taking up torches and pitch forks calling for the heads of those in power. Not this year. They were oh so kind enough to extend unemployment checks for 13 weeks but with no good news in the future or indication that the economy will turn around any time soon.
At this point I'm considering a career move but to what? Eighteen plus years of doing the same thing really doesn't make for saleable skills. Yes haz mat is technical and yes I can learn just about anything but which direction. I had considered teaching haz mat at one point but at present with no demand for workers that's not an option. I need about another five or six years savings to be able to retire. Background includes photography, building maintenance and of course haz mat. I'm open to suggestions.