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Re: Applied for a job in Alaska today [Re: HandyMan91] #8251519 04/29/21 02:45 AM
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I lived in Fairbanks for a little over 3 years. Absolutely loved it. If I didn't have to leave to go back to school, I would still live up there. Some random thoughts in no particular order:

Cost of living is higher than you think. I was single, shared a house with a roommate, and made, I think, $55k when I left in 2009. I wasn't struggling, but had to pinch pennies for a long time to buy toys like a used snow machine or canoe. At the time, I would say $55k in Fairbanks was equivalent to $40k in DFW. Unalaska will be a higher cost of living than Fairbanks.

You need toys to enjoy living in Alaska. I have spent very little time in the Aleutians, but generally in Alaska, a truck won't get you far. You will need a boat, snow machine, or atv, preferably all three.

Unalaska is in the flipping middle of nowhere. If you are concerned about getting back to visit friends or family, it will be very expensive and time consuming. Same for medical treatment.

You cannot possibly comprehend the natural beauty you will find up there. It's like nowhere else on earth.

The level of daily adventure available to you is incredible. You can get off work and have your choice of salmon fishing, bear hunting, deer hunting, or hiking some of Gods greatest creation.

You can offset some of the cost of living with fish and game. It doesn't make up the difference, but my protein 5-6 nights a week was wild fish or game, without even really trying.

If you have any specific questions, I'd be happy to help as much as I can, but keep in mind that Alaska is huge and I lived in Fairbanks. Unalaska to Fairbanks is roughly the same distance as Dallas to New York. So, I'm sure there are regional differences.

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Originally Posted by Payne
Go for it, you only live once.


Send it. YOLO and that would be an awesome experience IMHO.


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Originally Posted by Payne
Go for it, you only live once.


Exactly. However I'd at least visit the state first before committing.

Alaska is awesome, simple as that. Prettiest state I've ever visited by a huge margin

Re: Applied for a job in Alaska today [Re: HandyMan91] #8251531 04/29/21 02:51 AM
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Or come on down to Houston area and get in petro Chem. It’s a good paying industry and is fairly resilient unlike oil patch. FYI a number of companies still offer pension + 401k. Most entry level operators make 100k with a high school diploma. If you served they look at those individuals as high potential candidates.



Lived out by point blank / Onalaska for a stint. Not a big fan. Never heard of petro chem, guessing your talking like polymer plants? Ill have to do some googling


Yes sir all the chemical plants in From Montgomery to Freeport. Definitely not pretty Or scenic, but good paying jobs so you can afford to go visit nice places like Alaska.


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Re: Applied for a job in Alaska today [Re: HandyMan91] #8251538 04/29/21 02:55 AM
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“ And I’m with the others in thinking that 10% isn’t enough of an increase to keep you happy. I always figured that 30% was about the right number to change jobs, and you’ll need relocation expenses on top of that. And there’s medical coverage to consider.”

You need to actually read the link to the offer he posted.

Position offers relocation expense, annual travel allowance and 100 percent employer paid medical and dental including dependents. Yeah, I’m in. I could make that work.

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Re: Applied for a job in Alaska today [Re: Payne] #8251557 04/29/21 03:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Payne
Go for it, you only live once.


Finally, a voice of reason.

Sounds like a hell of an adventure, to me. If they make an offer, go for it.

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Originally Posted by Sneaky
Originally Posted by Payne
Go for it, you only live once.


Finally, a voice of reason.

Sounds like a hell of an adventure, to me. If they make an offer, go for it.


Agreed. Looking to move to AK for a adventure and guys are telling him to move to Houston and DFW roflmao

Re: Applied for a job in Alaska today [Re: HandyMan91] #8251590 04/29/21 03:43 AM
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I was told recently by people on here that money isn’t everything. So with that I mind, I say go for it, even if it’s for the sale pay with a higher cost of living, being homeless could be fun I guess.


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Re: Applied for a job in Alaska today [Re: z71dustin] #8251601 04/29/21 04:03 AM
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Originally Posted by z71dustin
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Go for it, you only live once.


Finally, a voice of reason.

Sounds like a hell of an adventure, to me. If they make an offer, go for it.


Agreed. Looking to move to AK for a adventure and guys are telling him to move to Houston and DFW roflmao


Man I don’t know much about N. Texas but the 3rd ward and 5th ward would definitely be an adventure! I guess it boils down to your definition of adventure. Lol


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Re: Applied for a job in Alaska today [Re: HandyMan91] #8251634 04/29/21 05:28 AM
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Re: Applied for a job in Alaska today [Re: HandyMan91] #8251668 04/29/21 10:55 AM
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If it will keep you from posting your yard sale in the classified section, then I say go for it.........

Re: Applied for a job in Alaska today [Re: procraft05] #8251672 04/29/21 11:05 AM
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Originally Posted by procraft05
Sounds pretty cool, never been there

Good luck

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Re: Applied for a job in Alaska today [Re: HandyMan91] #8251703 04/29/21 11:36 AM
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I say go for it. Enjoy and have fun, but be smart too.

Re: Applied for a job in Alaska today [Re: HandyMan91] #8251718 04/29/21 11:55 AM
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Originally Posted by HandyMan91
Water treatment, entry level . Pays 32-34 an hour. I'm currently 8 years into water and hold B license, working as a public works director, making about 30 now. I feel like I'm topped out in this state as far as what I want to do

Your gonna make more money there and feel poorer


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Re: Applied for a job in Alaska today [Re: RedRanger] #8251720 04/29/21 11:56 AM
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Originally Posted by RedRanger
If it will keep you from posting your yard sale in the classified section, then I say go for it.........


Oh snap.


I have met this man personally and HE AND HIS WIFE ARE GOOD PEOPLE. This man is a work a holic. Trading to make money is a good trait, this guy is not lazy.


I wish him lick in what ever he decides.

Re: Applied for a job in Alaska today [Re: HandyMan91] #8251779 04/29/21 12:46 PM
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Originally Posted by HandyMan91
Applied for a job in unalaska, AK today. Pipe dream it will go anywhere, but let's say I get a call, anyone have any experience living in Alaska? Change my mind? Cold isn't an issue


All I'll say is you might want to rethink that cold isn't an issue comment, it's a whole new world of cold and winter conditions up there. Gas, food and housing is outrageous. On Unalsaka there was only one home for sale and it's 350,000, 1 bedroom apartments are around 1700 a month. Once you get there you'll have to find transportation and that may be a real challenge. Looked at a facebook group up there and they only have two trucks for sale. Every trip to the mainland involves a flight and that ain't cheap either. I've got a few friends that thought they would take on Alaska, after their first year they came back down. The fact that they only get 4 to 6 weeks of summer up there might give you an idea of what's to come.

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Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Unalaska for warm-weather activities is for the entire month of August.


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Originally Posted by HandyMan91
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Or come on down to Houston area and get in petro Chem. It’s a good paying industry and is fairly resilient unlike oil patch. FYI a number of companies still offer pension + 401k. Most entry level operators make 100k with a high school diploma. If you served they look at those individuals as high potential candidates.



Lived out by point blank / Onalaska for a stint. Not a big fan. Never heard of petro chem, guessing your talking like polymer plants? Ill have to do some googling


Now you didn't say that in your original comment so everything in my comment you already knew.

I got married not long after getting out of the ARMY and started a family soon after, had it not been for that there's a good chance I would have made a run at Alaska. I was a pipe welder by trade and the Trans Alaskan Pipeline was still being built, I turned down multiple offers. I've always regretted that decision. Some times I think it's better to regret a decision you made than one you didn't.


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Originally Posted by HWY_MAN
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Or come on down to Houston area and get in petro Chem. It’s a good paying industry and is fairly resilient unlike oil patch. FYI a number of companies still offer pension + 401k. Most entry level operators make 100k with a high school diploma. If you served they look at those individuals as high potential candidates.



Lived out by point blank / Onalaska for a stint. Not a big fan. Never heard of petro chem, guessing your talking like polymer plants? Ill have to do some googling


Now you didn't say that in your original comment so everything in my comment you already knew.

I got married not long after getting out of the ARMY and started a family soon after, had it not been for that there's a good chance I would have made a run at Alaska. I was a pipe welder by trade and the Trans Alaskan Pipeline was still being built, I turned down multiple offers. I've always regretted that decision. Some times I think it's better to regret a decision you made than one you didn't.



Point blank and Onalaska are out by lake livingston , I've never been to alaska


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I have very few regrets in life, but two of them are missed opportunities. I say try it, you still have plenty of years left if it doesn’t work out.

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Originally Posted by HandyMan91
Point blank and Onalaska are out by lake livingston , I've never been to alaska


I worked in Polk County for a couple of years on a project and the most unique people that strolled into the County Clerk's office all were from Onalaska.


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Are your guns big enough for that area. With moose, bear and what ever else you hunt there you might have to upgrade and then comes the problem of ammo.

Not thinking of work. A man has to have some time for fun also. grin

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Originally Posted by HandyMan91
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Or come on down to Houston area and get in petro Chem. It’s a good paying industry and is fairly resilient unlike oil patch. FYI a number of companies still offer pension + 401k. Most entry level operators make 100k with a high school diploma. If you served they look at those individuals as high potential candidates.



Lived out by point blank / Onalaska for a stint. Not a big fan. Never heard of petro chem, guessing your talking like polymer plants? Ill have to do some googling


Now you didn't say that in your original comment so everything in my comment you already knew.

I got married not long after getting out of the ARMY and started a family soon after, had it not been for that there's a good chance I would have made a run at Alaska. I was a pipe welder by trade and the Trans Alaskan Pipeline was still being built, I turned down multiple offers. I've always regretted that decision. Some times I think it's better to regret a decision you made than one you didn't.



Point blank and Onalaska are out by lake livingston , I've never been to alaska


Then back to my first comment but don't pass up the third one. You only live once! You can always come back.


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I don't know if I missed it or if you said - are you married?

If you're single - go for it.

If you're married - better have a good long sit-down with your wife - if she's on board - and figure out exactly what her expectations are. My wife THOUGHT she wanted to move to New Hampshire. In her mind everything was like a hallmark movie up there. Make sure this is not your wife's mindset. Needless to say we are still in Texas.

Cold climates are a lot of work and everything is way more expensive. You're going to have shorter days than here in the winter and longer days in the summer. I don't think Unalaska is so far north its super extreme - but I think it's something like 16 hours in the summer and 6-7 hours in the winter.

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Are your guns big enough for that area. With moose, bear and what ever else you hunt there you might have to upgrade and then comes the problem of ammo.

Not thinking of work. A man has to have some time for fun also. grin


No bears on Unalaska and I don't believe they have deer or moose.


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