Founded in 1946 by Dr.-Ing. I am working part time right now on a retail store ( not IT ), so not to get bored. It is the IT business that is completely cut-throat. Definitions by the largest Idiom Dictionary. I do like the place I am at now. Check out my handy tutorial if you’re thinking about blogging – How to Start A Blog and Why You Should. It’s not easy. You already had one scary episode and you don’t want to repeat that. And do you think the technology industry inherently has more pressure for employees than non-technology? I know many people who are quite happy with their job. The good news is, I really like leading technical things, making presentations, planning, etc., so I hope I’m still able to enjoy my career for years to come! Medicine is rapidly changing and a lot of docs think not for the better. out of 230 at my high school. I have strong speaking skills and would be more than happy if my whole day were to be filled with meetings, presentations, etc. I’ve seen companies in this position of having their key engineers retire and then those companies literally burn through leads and managers trying to find one. Employees are viewed much more as resources than people, so they are treated that way: long hours, extremely stressful projects and timelines, changing technology to keep up with, younger and younger competitors with more energy, CORPORATE POLITICS, etc. Afterwards, I moved to a software development company. His writing is atrocious, though. Thank you again for sharing – this is valuable. I got as few of those early on, and was the only engineer out of 30 in my unit two years in a row to get it…but just a year later, doing the same work, my new manager (who was hired a few years earlier to code the software for a fantastic whitepaper I wrote, which won us new work) gave me ZERO! He said he read my resume and thought he was hiring a 12 year engineer (I was hired through a recruiting firm and the job advertised a “5+ year” candidate; I had 6 years of relevant experience in that particular area of EE). All the tiny little bits you have to configure exactly right to make those meaningless machines work drive me crazy. The blog post is titled “Top-10 Reasons You Should Never Get a Job” and it is by Steve Pavlina, author of “Personal Development for Smart People”, http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2006/07/10-reasons-you-should-never-get-a-job/. And a principal should be charging $500 per hour or more. As someone who also left a similar industry, with a similar layoff pattern I can totally sympathize. Remember that it can be the job itself, that you are not fit for that kind of engineering job. It is good. We are the problem solvers. That could manifest in many ways like chronic headaches, nausea, insomnia, even heart attacks, hypertension, and stroke. I was not plannining on early retirement, but it is kind of nice to start off each day with a long walk or a swim at a nearby health club. Tissue engineering evolved from the field of biomaterials development and refers to the practice of combining scaffolds, cells, and biologically active molecules into functional tissues. Human Resources for the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering provides assistance to faculty and staff for hiring and onboarding, leave requests, and benefits. THIS practice at IBM made me quite unhappy with the career choice I made, but I knew not every company was like this, and found refuge at a company that actually valued their employee’s shortly after this job. Savage is the only U.S. manufacturing facility for SICK and is about 10 minutes from our U.S. corporate headquarters. The thing is, even if you are really good at what you do, you are invariably a lot less marketable as a middle aged guy with highly polished skills than a 30 year old with lesser skills who will be allowed to learn the rest of it on the job. DEC closed our site in 1991 and I decided to finish college as a full time student, graduating in 1994 with a BSEE. You can pivot and change your career right now without losing much. Since I was a kid back then, I only know of the horror stories from other adults who were carrying a mortgage in Houston while searching the entire country for STEM work. Now, you have to be flexible and look out for number 1. I noticed what happened to senior engineers at IBM, and felt disgusted at how they were treated — they would train young/fresh engineers who are usually contractors, the senior would be laid-off, and the new engineer would have to be a contractor for years and years before even being considered for full time hire. I was frugal and saved enough to last 2 years working on a passion project but realized later it wasn’t feasible, especially when software is not something I enjoy much, I do it because it comes with the territory of engineering. If you’re working full time and being a mom, you’ll be too tired to do anything else. In computer software, which is my area of expertise (if you want to call 12 years of experience plus 2 part-time that I left over ten years ago currently useful expertise), this is outstanding. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy being a chemist but I do feel a bit jaded about not getting the chance to do an engineering job. I suggest big blue chip companies that has a good track record of dividend growth. If I’ve learned anything, is live light. Sick of Uncertainty? I did the management thing for a few years but moved back to being a drone because it’s better fit with who I am and where I want to be. Quality at Boeing, Airbus, Textron, and completion centers is in the toilet. My 3rd company I was with, the job was outsourced to India and new president made a mass layoff. Do you think I should continue studying engineering? If not, become a physician’s assistant and enjoy a 7AM-3PM job with a $100K/yr salary with no expected overtime. Thank you for updating this. Thinking of changing my career, will happen soon I hope, feel like I lost so much time learning such demanding degree, and yet being paid like I have no education at all. My wife already accepted, that I will never get an IT job because of my age. He was told this and given great reviews at his last company before they layoff a bunch of senior level folks as a cost-saving measure to prepare for selling the company, his boss didn’t even know about it until he saw him being lead out the door by security. ), you do a good interview, you will be fine. I liked it because it was all about logic. The industry is pretty heartless nowadays. Really good article. (Although I’m scared that I might end up serving as a private and forget my engineering knowledge and English.). I found firsthand that if you don’t have the passion you’ll eventually wind up hating it and do mediocre work at best (I’m not saying you’ve done mediocre work; this just happens to be how my story unfolded). Not to mention dealing with ignorant, petty marketing people and terrible moral takes it’s toll over a few years. Contrary to what professors will tell you, the long-term benefit from engineering school is the journey, not the correct answer to a specified number of significant figures. These people are not in front of the computer 10 hours daily. It’s easy to find a young engineer to replace a senior person. Anyway, if you can get a C, then stick with it. We also are expecting our first baby in Jan so we cannot quit our jobs. Once they started asking me to travel to China, I quit again in 2010. I fell into that whole “pick a career that relates to things you like” theme when I entered college. Out of necessity, I’m trying to get back into the corporate scene. I think that is good advice for any career since you won’t be the same person at 40 that you are at 25. Check these signs! Anyway, let me know if I can answer any questions. I understand that the end result must be a good financial gain, but LEADING by penny planning has proven over and over to be bad in every way. As a discipline, engineering has been around for as long as tradecraft. Joe has done a great job of explaining why he left the engineering field, but it should not be overlooked or taken for granted that he enacted a plan to make that a reality. sick and tired phrase. We may receive a referral fee if you sign up through the links on Retire By 40. Not sure if you can retire in 5 years. Diversity wasn’t really part of the regional landscape nor the local history. Students could take graduate-level courses during their senior year and shorten the time to complete the Master’s degree. These tips should help you. I totally identify with this post…I’m a database engineer..been doing this for 9 years and I’m 34 years old going on 35. They want people that can make more impact. I even came across some books left over by a retired engineer on analog circuits. Read This How to keep your (investment) cool when the future remains unclear. Sure I get to be creative through math and engineering through my work, but that pleasure only lasts a few years before the results are repetitive and anticipated. Sorry to hear that. I worked on the memory (DRAM) interface and learned a ton about how the computer chips were made. I went through it and can now say I thoroughly understand the systems and machinery. I pretty much agree with the author – engineering appears to have a “shelf life” as a profession if we are talking about the corporate world. For a while, it was a dream job. Kudos to you for making it as long as you did! Yeap, being on good term with your manager is pretty much the most important thing in the annual review. Not at all. sick and tired phrase. Are you creative at home? Clients, including now two Fortune 500 companies, love it because they can buy the creativity from my office which has been strangled by their in house MBA’s. Then, when you’re looking for another job, prospective employers see your work history and think you can’t hold a job because you’re not lucky enough to have found a steady job. Companies aren’t building up leaders anymore. SICK intelligently and reliably solves industry-specific and individual automation tasks. Good luck! By the end of the 90’s I had been through four companies. Are you making more money? I don’t want to end up like this. Because you only get paid when you’re working.” — Steve Pavlina, author of “Personal Development for Smart People”. I enjoyed solving technical problems and didn’t have to worry about any of the corporate politics. ”. It will fester. I will have to reduce my lifestyle drastically, but I won’t work in IT ever again. Your article seems to imply that engineers are, at the end, nothing more than expendable assets to the companies. Another friend quit but for him I honestly think it was mostly that he was homesick for his home state and didn’t like living here. There is a fair amount of pressure but not constantly (only close to release deadlines) and my team (and boss) do not expect me to clock in hours on weekend so ideally I shouldn’t have anything to complain about and should be thankful for where I am at. Clearly Jake & Jason haven’t experienced engineering. Re: Sick of my engineering profession Post by Triple digit golfer » Tue Mar 16, 2010 11:05 pm One problem is that I make a pretty decent salary here (about 120k) Blogging doesn’t make much money unless you’re really lucky. 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