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30th-May-2006 01:36 pm
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See, I just don't know where to go from here. All the speakers say "Follow your passion." I just don't know what I'm passionate about. I'll not be filling out this quiz myself, but I do want to see your inputs. These are the things on my list of possible options, and I'll be using some of my engineering knowledge (and practice from *gasp* Senior Design) to properly evaluate them later. In the meantime, I'd appreciate your input.

Any comments about the questions, please comment to the entry, don't use the "other" boxes.

Poll #738829 Walk a mile in my shoes for me

If you were in my position (just graduated with a BSEE, living at home, working at an entry-level job in customer support) (please note the difference, not "if you were me" but rather "if you were you, in my situation") what would you do next?

Go for your MS EE
0(0.0%)
Go for an MS in a different field (explain below)
0(0.0%)
Go for your MBA (managing:engineers::herding:cats?)
3(23.1%)
Go for your JD
1(7.7%)
Get the requisite things to teach HS/AP Physics
1(7.7%)
Jump into the job hunt more vigorously
4(30.8%)
Jump ship and then job hunt
0(0.0%)
Take some time off from everything and travel a bit
2(15.4%)
Other (write below)
2(15.4%)

If you're supposed to fill this out, fill it out

In addition I'd...

Move out of the parents' house ASAP
1(6.7%)
Get hitched
0(0.0%)
Learn Korean
0(0.0%)
Skydive
0(0.0%)
Learn to play the bagpipes
0(0.0%)
Find some ladies
0(0.0%)
Get more serious about TKD (i.e. start general training for strength, speed, balance in addition to the practices, in other words: GET IN SHAPE)
2(13.3%)
Other
0(0.0%)

"other" box for the above

Comments 
30th-May-2006 06:03 pm (UTC)
It looks like you first have to decide if you want to go back to school or not. Can you get a well paying job with the degree you have now, or do you need a higher degree to make good money? You would probably know that better than people not in your field.

As for the "in addition" part, moving out isn't necessary right now unless you're really bothered by living there... but you'd have to be making enough money for that. And do you want to learn Korean or skydive or play the bagpipes? That's all up to you. The TKD thing doesn't sound like a bad idea though.
30th-May-2006 06:08 pm (UTC)
I don't think you can honestly make a decision on what to do next until you have more varied work experience. You've yet to done some serious occupational spelunking.

That's not to say I encourage you to go into cave exploring/mining, but you can if you'd like.
30th-May-2006 07:21 pm (UTC)
I feel your pain (only i moved out of home a month after I started working), but got my BE, in EE and ME, in Wireless Communications...and ended up in building engineering. designing power distribuition in buildings. NOT what i had envisioned. I left the company a couple months ago in a major exodus. Young people in the field seem to flee after two years. One joined the peace corps, ones going to law school, one to med school, ones an investment banker, another translates english for a similar company in china, another is going to continue her engineering schooling in sweden, a few people found other, higher paying but similar jobs, and one, me went to another branch of the EE field. Pretty much my point is, with an EE degree, your options are open.

After the first year i knew that i wanted out, and desperately, but it took awhile to decide on the right thing. Now that ive made the change im unbelieveably happy at work. Good Luck with the decision, and with finding the right thing when you make the decision.

What finally came along for me, was friends and friends of friends at other companies. A friend of a coworker (who also desperately wanted out of building engineering) gave my resume to his boss. Several months a pee test and a background check later i ended up here. and in conclusion, if you decide to stay in engineering and are interested in ITT (www.itt.com) and dont mind commuting to jersey (clifton, not too far, theres a train. i take it.) i'd be more than happy to pass along a resume. email me.


heh im posting like crazy today b/c my computer is cranking away data as fast as it can, but its not faster than me! ( i work in a simulation lab, its a huge facility though, tons of different things EEs can play with )
30th-May-2006 07:23 pm (UTC)
by "like crazy" of course i mean "twice", which is "like crazy" compared to my usual "never even remember to read lj"
30th-May-2006 07:26 pm (UTC)
This sort of thing is hard. My advice is to consider yourself in smaller chunks of time -- "what do I want to do for the next few months?"

Re-evaluate every few mnoths.

Oh, and focus in on TKD. Devoting your time to martial training is worth it.
30th-May-2006 08:27 pm (UTC)
Job or more school, that's up to you. You're young yet and can still do both (at the same time even) to determine what's good for you. Life is like a buffet, try a little of everything til you settle on a few things that you like/are comfortable with.

But as an absolute, don't ever give up the TKD, never let your physical training fall by the wayside.
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