Re: Beginning a career in RP

From: Paul Suomala (
Date: Wed Aug 07 2002 - 17:20:12 EEST

? You aren't following your own advice?

Rick Lott wrote:

> In May of this year, Boeing Satellite Systems decided to close it's RP shop
> and layoff it's one RP employee, me. Luckily for me, I have been working in
> the RP field for over 12 years and hand the contacts and resources to locate
> nearly every RP shop in the Los Angeles region, of which there are 30 or so
> within a 50 mile radius of my home. Unfortunately, none of them are hiring.
> Like Boeing, the majority of companies that have their own equipment have a
> minimal staff, usually one person. (The process is just too darn efficient.)
> The remaining job shops are like everyone else in America, suffering from
> the economic downturn of September 11. In other words, not hiring.
> I can read the writing on the wall. I am currently taking advantage of a
> scholarship to learn a new trade. It will be my 6th career change.
> >From that pessismistic viewpoint I offer the following advice to those of
> you who seek to begin a career in RP: Buy a machine and start your own
> shop. It's your best and probably only shot at getting in. It will be worth
> it.
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