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    Quote Originally Posted by 7magsendero View Post
    I haven't been on here in a while, but am still hoping to someday make it up there.
    Then get serious and move it!! Folks will help one that helps themselves.. Some tips below that folks spent time on, are probably gone now, maybe not.. Months since you visited.. Post and stay tuned in.. A.D. (active duty) Army here, we'd enjoy seeing ya up here!! (Our family has been here 7 years and I have been here just over 5, deployment). These great people have built an awesome state..

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    I have been busy working construction, building homes. But now its winter and no work.

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    Not sure what your resistance is to the consistent and correct advise given here thus far....but I will say it again. If you have no ties or dependents, what is your problem soldier? There is work up here, especially for your skills, and it won't take you long to get settled in if you work hard.

    This site gets entirely too many folks asking about relocating and moving up that are just blowin in the wind. Many of them have families, debt, legal issues that make it a near impossibility but still some of them have made it and are doing well. I don't know your story but from what you've said so far you have no excuse for not coming up and giving it a shot, and I for one would rather help out someone who has shown the drive and commitment to this place than someone who is tepid about the whole thing. AK is a rather all or nothin kind of place and success here comes with conviction and drive and calculated risks. If you are currently hanging in Kentucky and have no work.....what....do you....have....to lose.

    11 years ago I was in the midwest looking for my next step in life. I met some folks who had worked in AK and I decided I wanted to do that as well. It took a bit, (I volunteered up here my first season after saving for 8 months) and then returned the next year with an Alaskan line on my resume and it's been off to the races since then. I caught lots of well intended flak from friends and coworkers about how nice of a pipe dream it was but I never doubted my conviction to get up here and make it work. I was also single, no kids, no major ties and had very little scratch in my pocket. Doubts about any life decision like this are understandable, but if you are expecting a red carpet and a champagne brunch upon your arrival, you my friend are mistaken.

    Get your house and finances in order best you can, plan ahead and get here at the best time of year to get yourself into a paying job (May and June come to mind). Do some research on where in AK you want to be, cuz it's a HUGE place with lots of subcultures, climates and economies that need to be taken into account for your success and happiness. Then, pull the dang trigger, buy a plane ticket or drive the highway or get on a ferry and start the next chapter of your life. If you wish to live like the rest of the world, you are in a fine place, if you want a challenging, frustrating but unique and rewarding existence....get your butt moving.

    I wish you the best of luck, and welcome you, but the rest is completely up to you.

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    Well said.

    We moved back in 2007 after 8 years outside. My folks had retired to the gulf coast so we had minimal support. I loaded up 3 kids, 1 dog and a wife with 10 k in the bank and headed north. No job or any leads for one just a little bit of faith a good skill set and willingness to work. I busted my butt working to support us and my wife did likewise using the MGIB to get a skill set that made her valuable. A little over 6 years later and we both have great jobs and have established the life we hoped for. My old man did the same when he got out of the service in 1987. 2 kids, a dog and my mom all in a ford escort. He pulle parts at a salvage yard and we lived in a friends basement till he found something that would support us.

    I don't think any of us ever thought that failing was even an option.

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    So this thread is 8 mos old and if you aren`t here yet, the procrastination will be loud and clear and overshadow your resume. If you are here, outstanding and hope Alaska lives up to your expectations!

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