So I’m looking around for a new job/career and it’s almost impossible to find anything that has a schedule that would work with karting. Weekends off, day shift, pays well enough to support it etc. What careers do you guys have? How did you land something that allows you to be able to race every weekend in the summer?
My day job is as a business consultant, and I’m fortunate to have flexibility on taking time off for races.
Psychologist and work mainly in the schools, which equates to mon-fri 8-3pm, summers off (pretty much) so it doesn’t get much better than that (don’t even get me started on healthcare benefits and pension, I feel spoiled)
Took me almost 10 years to be where I’m at (and I’m not fully done, though I am certified to be in schools… it’s weird how it works)
I have friends who have had good luck with being a mechanic in a small shop (lends to flexibility vs a dealership)
It would help to know what field you are coming from and what kinds of things you’d be interested in; age skill set, those kinds of things.
I have a normal job with normal hours. I Have no idea where you are in life, but I have more free time in my late 40s than I did in my 30s. I was too broke to kart in my twenties and it wasn’t even on my radar till mid 40s. Just lapping a few times a year until I started racing full season in 2018.
Even then, my plan is Sunday races only and practice is done virtually. So basically 10 race days a year.
Oh, we’re telling the truth? OK, I also work as a Technical Writer, which meets all of your requirements.
Nice! Thanks for the reply!!
So I’m 31 and have mostly done machining work, programming robots and industrial maintenance. I’ve recently decided to get away from the loads of overtime and rough shifts to find something that allows for me to do the things I enjoy. I’m working 2 part time jobs at the moment until I can find something that would allow me to enjoy life a little more. I’d really like to be able to do a whole season of karting next year but after interviewing at a couple of places they still require overtime or weekend work. So I thought I’d see how you guys do it!
Also I would add that I’ve worked on developing sponsor relationships to increase the budget or reduce the cost that I’ve had to go racing.
I’ve written articles and other content about developing sponsorship. I think that the Kartpulse podcast with Chris Rhoad (want to say episode 16) talks about many tips and suggestions too.
Firefighter here. I work 24/48 so I usually have to burn a couple vacation days when a race happens on my work day but it works out really well for karting. Plus it give me time to go practice during the week and I generally have the place to myself.