I wish it had the original glass instead of the SECO micro prism. that's probably been gone for years, this was what matriculated to me after the guy who was supposed to train me quit on my first day.
Well, train is intellectually dishonest. Get me up to speed, introduce me to the way things are at my new opportunity, etc.
I have more experience than he did, but zero knowledge of the operations and daily workflows of this place.
He left to run his own company doing nothing land surveying related.
Essentially he had enough, and was moving on. That spoke volumes to me, and I'm just chugging away and studying for the upcoming FS so I can make a bigger decision then after i know my results.
I'd venture that when people just leave to go elsewhere, they're not getting a good representative view of how awesome this career can be, and I can see that from where he was because I'm there now, but with more perspective.
on to more Slope staking, obtuse triangle with adjacent perpendicular height measurements and vertical curves, woohoo!
I am in a similar situation in that the time I thought I was going to have with a 40 yr surveyor, and my Dept Manager, is going to be cut a little short. I understood that he was going to hang around until I got licensed before he retired but he's going to 3 days/week this fall. I've got two yrs from Dec before I can sit if I am ready. I don't blame him, he's been at it a long time, but if I said I wasn't disappointed I'd be lying.
I left a decent job when my last mentor decided to retire, so I definitely understand your predicament. We can probably commiserate on the weirdness of trying to get to license with additional unexpected variables that keep popping up in concert with the daily rigamorole.
Sort of like, "employees don't quit their jobs, they quit bad bosses," except, when you have a good boss and leave to go with them because the company was suspect. I've seen that happen too. Even saw an entire survey department leave when their manager left because the company was so bad to surveyors.
heard that story about the whole department departure and I avoided working at those places because of that.
the career path is a crucible to and of itself, and it doesn't need poor management and micromanaging to make it any harder to survive.
thanks again for your feedback and sharing.