Studying for promotion is the best side job. Wish I realized that earlier in my career but that’s fine. I believe more and more guys are realizing this too as the last 10 years have provided the stiffest competition ever for Lieutenant and Captain exams.
"twoteamtease", I think that is a very good point.
I remember my father, who was a captain in Bridgeport, Ct., telling me to take the promotion exam.
But I didn't care. I just wanted to be on the job and I was happy with that.
But he told me that not only would I get more money, but in the long run, it would give me a better pension, which would benefit me later in life when I retire.
Well I'm here to say that "he was right".
I didn't get promoted the first time I took the test.
So I had to work harder the next time and I did succeed
But, for me, "for the first year or so, I didn't like the job".
I enjoyed just being a firefighter and becoming the boss also created some headaches that I really wasn't ready for.
I told my father, I was going back to the firefighter rank.
He told me to stick it out for a year before I step back.
Once again, I followed his advise and guess what ?
Of course later in time when I did retire, "it put more cash in my pocket".
With inflation cost, I'm glad I did what he suggested
These days, I can still buy my favorite pizza, or those Big Macs that I like so much, and STILL have some money left over to pay the bills.
"twoteamtease, I think that's some good advise for the young guys on the job today.
I would also add that everybody can't be an officer.
When I retired at age 56, I went to work part time as a security guard.
I liked the job, I worked a couple of evenings a week, it was easy, plus that also gave me some extra money.
I would save at least half of it into a retirement IRA and some into a regular savings account
Now being blessed with some good health, some great friends - many from here, "there really isn't much more I can ask for"
Let me end it here with a THANK YOU for listening to my Life's Story.
Be safe out there.