Obviously, not all engineers are unhappy. If you haven’t already, read the rest of. With the way the economy is now you should be glad to be in a good job, New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, More posts from the engineering community. Keeping that in mind, I realized that whatever career I choose next doesn’t need to pay as much as I earned as an engineer. Don't worry if you feel like you aren't being utilized that much since that's kind of the nature of being an entry/new engineer, but once you get a better feel of what's going on it does get better. “As someone who hires engineers… it is important that they reach outside the classroom for their education. i left the big leagues, got a SUPER easy job designing houses and started building a desert race truck from scratch. Nothing about it excites me anymore….I don’t find the work interesting and don’t see any options or career moves within engineering that would excite me. It’s not as if I was given the boring work no one else wanted, in my current job and last job I’ve been leading teams and I’ve been in positions of significant responsibility. I knew that I needed a change - a big one. Long explanation here. Dude, use your situation as leverage to get more vacation time, or unpaid time off. You need a direction or a goal to aim at. In my second year, the most engineering I’d done was a class in Basic Electrical Theory and a class in Statics. I’m not asking for pity or claiming to be worse off than anyone else, I just feel a lot of discontent and uncertainty about my future and I’m wondering if anyone else has gone through something similar. In my endeavors, I have met people with various backgrounds that have opened my eyes to careers that I had little knowledge and perspective about, developed new interests and passions, and found inspirations in risk takers who thrived in career changes that are vastly different than what their educational backround was. Even though I've only experienced a short stint as an engineer, I feel restless and I think it's time for a change. What are you willing to do? From School Janitor to Mechanical Engineering Graduate. I’ve been writing fiction (like, actual original stories, not anime fan-fiction) for about a year, I set aside time to write every single day. My granny used to say "if you don't like it, get to like it". Many engineers in many industries love their jobs! So most people wind up working to pay to do things they enjoy doing. Although I can't relate to your hobby of writing, when I think about what I like, I can't help but remember the good old days of playing strategy games (RTS, I think?) I especially thought the patent analyst suggestion was interesting, I'll look into that. For example, studies have found that graduate engineers in the UK have very high job satisfaction, and that almost 9 in 10 engineers in the RF/microwave industry would recommend the career to a young person. You just missed a USPTO job posting for patent examiners. You could easily do a bit of studying and take the patent bar to become a patent agent. Do you have a story about loving, hating, or leaving engineering? Your email address will not be published. But when they get a job, they find that reality doesn’t look anything like what they’d imagined. I know exactly how you feel having gone through it myself. While true, it doesn't mean your problems are any less significant to you. She told me how rewarding her job was, and how much she enjoyed her job. If you don't like your current job, then ... suck it up and quit whining, just like some other people that hate their job. Living in Germany was fantastic, but the new job was more demanding, more stressful, and more dysfunctional than my previous job. Most people don't have a job they love. I don’t think you’ll ever feel like you’re ready. If you fall on your face that OK, it's just something else that you'll know you don't want to do. I didn't really with with "hands on" engineers either, but I went to school in Wisconsin, so my excuse was that these country boys doesn't understand concept of independent woman/woman is … I’ve fallen completely out of love with engineering. I don’t know whether my experience is applicable to the rest of the company to other teams within the company. Reach out to alumni. After working a few different jobs, the author was considering a career change. I used to live with the ideology that no place is perfect, but for it to be worth my time, it needs to be only 60 percent likeable. It carries no weight for anything else, despite being able to do far, far more. A 2012 article by Michael MacRae of the American Society for Mechanical Engineers explored this problem, which is causing engineers to leave the profession entirely. Go work for the county, work 36 hours a week with F/T bennies, and write on your lunch hour. This seems to be pretty normal from talking to my co-workers. I am an engineer with just under 4 years of experience and applying to obtain his professional license in 5-6 months. I'm tired of it. Most of the major players take FOREVER to respond, so it's not like it'll impact anything you are currently doing. It sounds like you got started early and probably financially are well off. Keep your eyes glued to usajobs for future openings. So, I moved myself all the way to Germany for a three year contract. I’m Graduating in Engineering, But I Feel Like I Don’t Know Anything. People claim that being an actuary after being a math major is the way to go but it is too much studying and I don't feel like I remember much from my undergraduate training that's relevant at all to industry. Awful Textbooks Thick, dry, black and white manuscripts are rarely a source of inspiration and sometimes can cause loads of confusion. What you need to do is to keep doing your job and keep writing UNTIL you can support yourself full time doing what you really want. I realize that this is really #firstworldproblems. What other career options do I have with an engineering degree? I don't read any anime/comics, I read fashion magazines like Vogue, In Style, Cosmopolitan etc. ), around how people can make their dream careers more than just a dream by harnessing the power of momentum. Since college, I’ve amplified my curiousity and sense of adventure by traveling when I could, joining meetups for activities outside my comfort zone, exploring hobbies like photography, and just being all around social taking the opportunities to chitchat with strangers because you never know where or with whom that next opportunity lies. However, I don't think a move will solve the solution, because it will be the similar engineering principles albeit with new people and a new company address. Don’t do it. I don’t want to be an engineer anymore. Students go into engineering wanting to solve problems and change the world. Since graduating I’ve worked for two companies, both completely different. I understand the that the work is boring and monotonous. There's always the fun and exciting* world of patents! or. First world problems are still problems. As hard as you work at the junior levels, the guys in senior management reap the rewards of doing a job under budget and make up excuses to keep your pay low, while raising your multiplier. r/engineering is **NOT** for students to ask for guidance on selecting their major, or for homework / project help. I hope you figure out what you want to do. For example, studies have found that graduate engineers in the UK have very high job satisfaction, and that almost 9 in 10 engineers in the RF/microwave industry would recommend the career to … Answered Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 6:10 PM. Yes, in engineering school the math sequence can … And keep some form of employment. Attend there events with the sole purpose of meeting other engineers. Additionally, I felt very insecure in being successful as a journalist. Students go into engineering wanting to solve problems and change the world. For the first two weeks I felt like I had no idea what was going on. I have however not done well in physics 2 twice (I completely blame myself for not trying hard enough and feel like I have ruined my future because of poor choices). I just have no idea how to go about this. My financial situation is not good I start saving my goal is 1 million rs that will suffisient for me. I have slowly become tired of my job. If you can never do that, then at least you have a good job that allows you to pursue your passion part-time. I am currently following that advice, and I see my practice account netting me about 7-8% since Oct 2013. Every other interviewer ask about things like that and I've just given up on coming up with excuses. Thanks for this post though. Trust me, i'm an engineer ! Mechanical engineer here - sorry to hear about your situation. Many have told me I'd be an amazing manager; one who sticks up for his employees, floats them in slow times, etc. Not bad eh? Strangly, I felt the opposite sentiment - that I threw away my life. That being said, think about it like this: your job is well paying, it enables you to have funds to do what you enjoy doing, which is writing. Sure there is a lot of difficult thought that goes into managing one of these projects, but at the end of the day I am just telling the construction guys where to put the lights, outlets, and panels.”. You may also like. If you don't mind interacting with people maybe you should try your hand at sales? When I made the decision to quit my job, I gave myself a two year time limit to figure out what my next move was, to reduce my household so that I became more mobile, and to adopt a simpler, minimalist lifestyle. I already manage a few technical staff in a limited capacity, and I love being there for them and helping them out. I still feel like that about 30% of the time. I, too, have tried various creative pursuits to not so great success. When I left Germany, I knew deep in my heart that it was time for a major change. Maybe float around for a while -- work the sort of jobs that don't even require a college degree. I don’t believe it’s just because I’m a younger engineer and thus lower on the totem pole; I’ve worked with many middle-aged engineers who basically did the same work as me despite their seniority. Press J to jump to the feed. I look at older engineers and ask myself if I want to be like them in 10 or 15 years, and the answer is always, “hell no!” I don’t find the work interesting and don’t see any options or career moves within engineering that would excite me. Where I work now is a very small high-tech startup. 2) become a better engineer so you can change jobs. work is low stress, pays well, shitloads of free time and the race truck is gonna be badass, i would recommend getting a job that is easy to the point of being brainless, dont let work get to you ever again, and use the money to do something you've always wanted to do. I was becoming a person I didn’t like. Of course, everyone has their unique reasons. r/engineering is a forum for engineering professionals to share information, knowledge, experience related to the principles & practices of the numerous engineering disciplines. One was a gigantic Fortune 500 company, straight out of Dilbert, complete with endless rows of cubicles. You can see evidence of this in online forums, as well as in the results of this informal EE Times poll, which found “engineers are four times less likely than the average American to be completely satisfied with their jobs.”. It's called the Imposter Syndrome, and it's very common among both women and men in engineering. Perspective is important - as you are in your 20s, I gather you have less than 10 years of experience? 5. I went through this three years ago and decided to do this part time while working: Colorado School of Mines MS in Mineral and Energy Economics. Good luck, sir. Or you could search for jobs as a patent searcher or patent analyst, as many employers want folks with engineering experience for those jobs. Many companies don’t provide upward mobility or career development tracks for technical engineers. How Industrial Companies Can Get the Most Value Out of Digitization, The Factory of the Future is Digital: 13 Statistics You Should Know Heading into 2018, Our Top 5 Most-Read Engineering Articles of 2017, Survey: IIoT Adoption on the Rise, Still Plenty of Room for Growth, Digital Twins: 3 Videos to Help You Understand What All the Hype is About. I tried to stay optimistic, but I found that telling a person to fuck off was more productive than being diplomatic, which didn’t suit me all that well. I speak as a mechanical engineer w/ PhD and three masters degrees, including an MBA. I don't want to be a software engineer/developer anymore. I blame the pandemic, I blame the French education system which is freakin messed up. I love working with people and trying to help them, but I do not think I would be able to use all my skills from this position. Einstein was a patent clerk; Hemmingway was a medic. 'Writer' does not). I do 0 engineering now and feel like i'm not building any skills and definitely do not want to be in maintenance any longer than I have to. If you want to be a writer, surround yourself with writers and people who will support you. What other career options do I have with an engineering degree? explored this problem, which is causing engineers to leave the profession entirely. One thing that drives me is anti-corruption. With the right environments, processes, and tools, engineers can spend their days doing the important work they dream of. Lyrics: Today I don't feel like moving anything! Why do I feel like it's the end of the world? I do not feel that engineering is unfulfilling in its own, but that I don’t get the feeling that I am contributing greatly to society. I am currently studying for my GMAT and have my exam within the next couple of weeks. A friend of mine told me about a security guard that he met at the Santa Fe Institute. Just because you can write doesn't mean you can "write". I can provide you with a list of 30+ types of people you should reach out to, but few are better consistently than alumni from your engineering school. I am going to call it "built and field-tested several projectile delivery systems" when referring to my years of playing Age of Empires 2... You ain't alone. Most importantly you won't jump head first into something like an MBA program or law school. But when they get a job, they find that reality doesn’t look anything like what they’d imagined. There are people who make the same choices, but have different outcomes. It wasn’t until a few months ago, that I decided it was time to take that leap and quit my job - without another job lined up. 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