Seriously. I am currently in Corporate Lending (loan size $5 million to $100 million to Syndications ranging from $70 million to several billion) and am dying on the vine under the flourescent hues from above. :new_all_coholic: After 22 years making ALL types of loans -- from auto loans to synthetic leases to accounts receivable working capital loans and real estate products (including Residential 1st & 2nd mortgages, HELOCs, investment & owner occupied commercial) -- I am looking for a career change and I believe real estate appraisal is it.:new_newbie: Yeah, yeah, I know -- the market is crappy and HVCC and they made it harder by dropping the Licensed Appraiser license but, I am looking at what I want to do for the next 20 years, not the next 20 weeks or 20 months. The skills transfer is compelling since I am highly analytical and under great pressure to complete high quality reports quickly (which is relative since when I was doing car loans I would do 15 or more a day but now I complete one 50 page monster analysis in 5-7 days, but I digress). After reading all of the "buzz kill" on the general forums, I have decided to temper my timeline, get my educaton done in 1st qtr next year while the market tries to recover and this HVCC hooey is sorted out -- and keep my paying gig for now. So, can any of you "local" (Oregon & Greater Oregon) folks offer any advice? Like who shouldn't I take my education from. (The AI week long classes look like a real good learning opportunity) Does anybody belong to the Greater Oregon Chapter? Should I shop for a mentor before or after I've invested >$1,000 on education? Nice meeting ya.