"The science, engineering and math I liked. I liked figuring out how to do something," he said. "It was the corporate aspect that gets mundane."
Because of the monotony, Mr. Siler looked into other business opportunities, but it wasn't until the Savannah River Site layoffs in July 2005 that one of his ventures made it off the ground.
"They say necessity is the mother of invention," said Mr. Siler, who has operated CSRA Multimedia out of his Aiken home since his layoff.
Toward the end of his 18 years at SRS, Mr. Siler had moved from his traditional job to working with computers and digital media. He transferred videotapes to digital formats and worked on PowerPoint presentations, adding video to them. He also created short film presentations.
"I had started doing some freelance work a couple of years before," he said.
He now works with clients in the Aiken area.
Some of his clients have wanted to transfer reel-to-reel home movies to compact discs; others have moved their slides to a compact disc format.
Other clients have included corporations such as Bridgestone/Firestone and the updating of a safety video.
He created a packet for Aiken Preparatory School to show prospective students about the campus and the school's curriculum. Included in the compact disc were links to Web sites and files with applications for admission.
He also has filmed equestrian events in Aiken and helped update McCormick County's Web site, and he has created promotional material for nonprofit organizations. Mr. Siler said he enjoys his newfound career.
"No two days are remotely similar," he said. "It's a lot of fun."
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For more information about CSRA Multimedia, call (803) 270-4159 or visit www.csramultimedia.com.