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Posted: 11/10/2001 8:24:45 PM EST
...What would you choose, and why?
Link Posted: 11/10/2001 8:31:53 PM EST
Link Posted: 11/10/2001 8:36:23 PM EST
teehee, I'm an engineering student. Electrical specifically. It is hard has hell and a lot of fun. radioman
Link Posted: 11/10/2001 9:59:16 PM EST
Three of my buddies graduated with EE degrees in the late-80's and none of them found jobs in engineering. And they all had good grades. The current economic situation can have more impact in locating work than your major -- although hiring managers still appreciate the effort it takes to graduate in accounting and engineering/cs.
Link Posted: 11/10/2001 10:04:39 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/10/2001 9:58:27 PM EST by SOG]
Engineering is a good field with usually stable employment prospects. However, there are two prominent downsides to the field. The first is that pay tops out pretty quickly. You might think that you start off making a lot, but 15 years later, you'll realize that your pay has barely increased. The second downside is that old engineers, for the most part, are worthless. If you don't make it into management by the time you're 45 or so, chances are good that you'll be laid off in favor of a younger engineer.
Link Posted: 11/10/2001 10:04:42 PM EST
Modeling..seriously!!! I am 6'5" and about 200lbs. I have a nice square jaw, great smile and always had a 32" waist. Not saying I'm a pretty boy but I do have rugged good looks[:D]. Sgtar15 Seriously!!!!!!!!
Link Posted: 11/10/2001 10:43:25 PM EST
OK, go ahead an laugh, but here it comes... Opera Singer... Yeah, I've got the pipes (lyric baritone), and had I known that I would spend 20 years getting to the top of my current profession, I could have spent that time geting to the top of my "dream" profession, and into the "big" money. Now I'm simply working on settling for a very 'local' and limited career. Ok, you can all start making the snide comments now [;)]
Link Posted: 11/11/2001 4:38:06 AM EST
I'd have gone to a name university, gotten a liberal arts degree with some biological science study, spent some time in the army or marines, and then come out and gotten a job in wildlife or conservation with a state agency so I'd have a job in the forests.
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Diagnostic Imaging X-ray tech. I am in the computer/networks field, worked with the DI department for a few years and non-invasive diagnostics is really cool. I never had the grades to be a doc, but a radiologist would be what I'd try..... Too bad I had to go to work to support my folks at 19....
Link Posted: 11/11/2001 4:50:38 AM EST
Maybe a lawyer. For me it is very difficult to read all these laws on guns and understand them. Maybe after studying law for a few years, I could decipher it better. [;)]
Link Posted: 11/11/2001 4:52:08 AM EST
I'm an EE. Never had a hard time finding work. I would like to be a professional hunting guide. Or deep woods hermit. (Doesn't that fit some kind of profile?)
Link Posted: 11/11/2001 4:52:25 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/11/2001 4:49:42 AM EST by hipwr223]
Link Posted: 11/11/2001 7:44:46 AM EST
Link Posted: 11/11/2001 8:03:56 AM EST
If I had to do it all over again, I would have become a photographer...possibly photojournalist.
Link Posted: 11/11/2001 8:19:38 AM EST
Make pornographic movies. Seriously, the industry has never suffered a downturn. If you go to the CES(consumer electronics show) convention, those folks have a whole section just to porn.
Link Posted: 11/11/2001 8:21:03 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/11/2001 8:16:49 AM EST by lordtrader]
Would've finished college the first time around. Would've majored in Math or Economics. I majored in Communications and its not helping me dick to be a bond trader. Most wirehouses and asset management firm want their traders with either a Math or Economics degree. Once I get another firm to hire me that will pay for at least some of my education, I will either undertake my CFA or go back to get my MBA That should get me a job with JP, Merrill or AG Edwards. I would really love to get on their Debt CapMkts Desk and make the real money. Those guys make bank in annual bonuses alone, not mention salary and commission they make thru out the year.
Link Posted: 11/11/2001 8:24:22 AM EST
Originally Posted By Halfcocked: I'm an EE. Never had a hard time finding work. I would like to be a professional hunting guide. Or deep woods hermit. (Doesn't that fit some kind of profile?)
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The UNABOMBER!!!!
Link Posted: 11/11/2001 12:16:22 PM EST
I was studying Criminal Justice which I finally switched to after 3 years of Business/Managment in the hops of going to Law School, then the money ran out. SO basically I would change by going right into CJ, then the police force, possibly even the Feds, instead of waiting to go to Law School that never happened.
Link Posted: 11/11/2001 12:50:08 PM EST
SOG is right on target. Degree in Mech. Eng. 21 years ago. Company I worked for is starting graduates out more than I was making when I was severed as a manager. To do over?? Forrestry degree. Purchase small 4-wheel drive and cruise the woods. In so. Ga. earn about 50-75k without all the corporate "fertilizer".
Link Posted: 11/11/2001 6:22:37 PM EST
If I could do it all over... I would be the smartest kid in grade school. [;D]
Link Posted: 11/11/2001 6:26:58 PM EST
A stand-up comedian
Link Posted: 11/11/2001 6:36:51 PM EST
If I had it to do over, probably would be for my hobby - gunsmithing. I'm an agronomist and manage a veg seed production company. I really enjoy working w/the customers, growers, and getting to see some of the world while traveling on business. Some things suck though, like not having complete say for everything the company does that causes problems occasionally. And for all the effort & time, not much $$. NMSight
Link Posted: 11/11/2001 6:49:02 PM EST
Would have gone to college and become some kind of BS paper pusher rather than work for a living. Love mechanical things but you never earn anywhere near what you are worth!! Was accepted into EE @ OSU then was unable to raise the money to go.....
Link Posted: 11/11/2001 6:51:28 PM EST
If I could do it over again I would stay in school and get my masters in architecture.
Link Posted: 11/12/2001 11:52:36 AM EST
One of two choices for me, I would have either signed on the dotted line when I qualified for BUDS/SEAL training or I should have gotten into the Porn field a long time ago.
Link Posted: 11/12/2001 12:06:58 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/12/2001 12:00:35 PM EST by GodBlessTexas]
I should have gone pre-law then law, or gone after my MBA. Instead I double majored in Computer Science and Philosophy before completely burning out and dropping out. However, as a college dropout, I made six figures this year after severence, contract jobs and side work. I'm going to get raped on 1099's come tax time though. [:(!] God Bless Texas
Link Posted: 11/12/2001 12:36:11 PM EST
I would have gone with an electronics engineering degree first instead of messing with criminal justice which is basically worthless unless you want a low paying job with 80% of the population hating your guts unless you are helping them out. My classes now are a lot harder, but when I get finished it will be a lot harder to carry my wallet around too. Also, I would have went back to school sooner so I would already have this stuff finished. Michael
Link Posted: 11/12/2001 12:47:09 PM EST
I wouldnt change a thing. I have no education, but I got the career I always wanted.
Link Posted: 11/12/2001 1:12:44 PM EST
Figger I would have retire'd as a solider, wait! I did that. I'd do it again. What I know, and what I'm good at.
Link Posted: 11/12/2001 7:57:45 PM EST
I should have ditched civics in high school and never taken American History in college. I could have then had a rewarding career in the ATF, LE, or some other government "yes man" job.
Link Posted: 11/12/2001 8:02:38 PM EST
Originally Posted By Imbroglio: I should have ditched civics in high school and never taken American History in college. I could have then had a rewarding career in the ATF....
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You're not enjoying your telemarketing job?
Link Posted: 11/12/2001 10:35:15 PM EST
It's somewhat odd that I'm never truly happy doing what I'm doing even when I think it's what I want (or is actually a good career; I'm a newly-minted lawyer right now). I suppose the grass is always greener... Having said that. I thought about it in college but not until I was a senior and ready to graduate so I didn't pursue it. If I could go back, I would go through ROTC in college and would fulfill my obligation as an Army Infantry Officer. Ranger, SF if I could get it. Would make every effort to stay in the field as long as possible and be involved with Airborne or elite troops only. Hey, I'm only 30. Maybe there's still time. Go into the JAG corps., do that for a while. Transfer out to infantry officer school...
Link Posted: 11/12/2001 11:51:53 PM EST
It wouldn't really matter. I'd fuck up whatever I'm doing.
Link Posted: 11/13/2001 9:06:10 AM EST
I would not have wasted 4 years of my life going to college. I wasted a degree in business aministration working in the restaurant business. Like someone mentioned earlier, I would go to a trade school and become a mechanic, plumber, mortician etc.
Link Posted: 11/13/2001 9:32:15 AM EST
A Gigilo. I'm gonna kill my guidance counselor...
Link Posted: 11/13/2001 10:16:17 AM EST
Weel I have been doing this for over 20 years and I can tell you that Engineering and Aerospace sucks. In the 80's it was booming and it was quite enjoyable but it's been in the toilet since. Like someone mentioned before the raises have been almost non-existent. I keep thinking of those that dropped out of Engineering and majored is business and probably make a lot more than I do.
Link Posted: 11/13/2001 10:23:27 AM EST
Kung Fu Master.
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