You may have noticed that I haven't been around for awhile. That's because after after a long career in engineering I was burnt out. The only thing I do fairly well besides engineering is fly airplanes. I read of people my age getting on with the regionals so I looked into that. I had the hours so I applied and was hired. I made it through CPT school, Indoc, and ground school without too much difficulty. In procedures training I needed an extra training session but then passed my validation. I struggled in sims such that I took all the extra training they would allow but passed my validation there as well. I did OK on LOFT and passed that as well. In IOE I again struggled. I had a pretty tough captain for my first trip but by the end of the trip I had made progress and was feeling pretty good. My second captain was a delight. Unfortunately I didn't quite get all the boxes checked and had to take another trip. The next captain was harder than the first. I regressed significantly and while they were willing to give me another trip I decided to quit. I was tired, frustrated and considering how much training time they gave me compared to how many tasks I had left, I didn't think I was going to make it. Keep in mind that the largest airplane I had flown previously was a Piper Seneca. I also hadn't been flying a lot prior to getting hired. In just two months I was now flying a jet (ERJ 175). I thought that having time in the jet, an ATP and type rating would make it easy to get on with a different airline. Apparently not finishing IOE is a death sentence. So now I can't figure out what to do. I need to start earning a living and I can do flight instruction but I've never really enjoyed that all that much. I loved flying the jet, and I think if I were given a second chance I would take it. I've applied to most of the regionals and a few local jobs with no luck. What I should have done was called in sick before my next trip to rest up a bit. I actually was sick for two days after my last trip but was feeling better when I quit. I'm not starving yet but I need to get something soon so that I don't get cabin fever.