As I sit here and think to myself how to better prepare myself with a real career. I can't help but, think what is the best routine? Now, let me give you a little background about myself. I've only been with the company for 7yrs. Therefore, I'm not near top scale pay. In which makes me less of a "target" for the changes already in process at express. Though, we ALL have targets on our backs but, some just have bigger targets (great quote by a fellow board member/friend). With that said my job is a little more secure then a topped out older employee. I do understand the challenges in today's economy. Though, I am a single male with no children so, I can take risks. I do have a degree in Business Management. Now, I've been thinking of becoming a police officer. I won't get rich choosing to become a police officer but, I would have a solid career. I was thinking of using FedEx tuition reimbursement program to pick up a 2 yr criminal justice degree. In which I could complete this program in about 1 year considering I've got credits I could transfer. Lastly, I was thinking. Do I go into Management at FedEx while doing so. I've probably turned a few heads with that statement! Let me attempt to explain this madness. Firstly, I'm a double agent. I play the "game" with management to the best of my ability. My good friend teaches me very well! You're still asking yourself "why the hell would he go into management?". It's actually a very simple decision . The process in becoming a officer is rather long. Lots of city budget cuts doesn't help either. I recon it may take 2-3yrs to achieve this position. In the mean time Express will still be trimming costs. At this point I would assume they'd be "cutting" management. I could potentially receive some sort of buyout. Even if I wasn't offered a buyout. I just gained management experience (good chance I would like to move up in the police "ranks"), made additional 25,000 a year (make around 35k FT atm). This about sums it up for the time being. I would appreciate thoughts? Recommendations?