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Recovering Engineers

Are you an engineer who is considering moving to a different profession? This is the place for you to talk with others who have left engineering want to leave. 

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Help with a Business Oppurtunity

Started by Aaron Wadley. Last reply by Jacob Daniel Smith Jul 22. 3 Replies

I work for a very large, multinational engineering firm, and am looking for a way out, but, as I have shared before, am afraid of walking into the same thing.  A curious oppurtunity arose about a…Continue

Informal Survey-Who is interested in trying something other than engineering?

Started by Josh Bulloc. Last reply by Josh Bulloc Jun 24. 19 Replies

I would like to know who wants to try something other than engineering. I did, that is why I moved into a sales engineer role. Continue

Functional v. Chronological Resume

Started by Josh Bulloc May 23. 0 Replies

Do you prefer functional or chronological resume and why?I have used a functional version to move into a sales engineer role which allowed me to present my skills from the time I was in a MLM. Continue

Strengths that are also weaknesses

Started by Josh Bulloc. Last reply by Aaron Wadley May 14. 3 Replies

What strengths do you have that are also weaknesses?  One of mine is that I get energy from being around others and if I don't have the attention of others I tend to lose energy.

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Comment by Danny Mullen on June 22, 2011 at 9:21pm

You can take your career the the next level whenever you desire, the first thing you have to figure out is what you want to do.  I have seen many people take on a management role only to figure out that it is not what they want to do.  I think once you figure out what you want to do longer term you can build a plan and goal to get there.

 

On your other comment that people wont take risks and show up to get the paycheck.  Unlike what most people on this blog believe, I have found that at most larger companies it does not pay to take risk.  I have taken risks in the past and when they didn't pan out instead of saying thanks for trying, I got why did you think that would work?  Or that was a waste of money!  Don't get me wrong, 99 times out of 100 or more my ideas did work, but they seem to always remember the 1 that didn't.  To put it in perspective, you can do a project that saves 1million dollars over the period of a year, but if you were to cost the company 50k on your next project that failed you could be terminated.  I think it is these corporate cultures that strip people's motivation away. 

Comment by Teague Sizemore on June 22, 2011 at 6:36pm
So I have a question here for anyone: what made you take your career to perceivable the "next level," such as a manager, business owner, or mentor/coach?
Comment by Teague Sizemore on June 22, 2011 at 6:34pm
Hahaha, the engineers unfortunately. I am sure other employees may exhibit the same mindset, but I do not know for sure. But I don't look and think to myself "I want to be like that person" concerning other careers, as often at least. I look up to engineers and try to consider if I want to be like them or different. Take the good and improve on the bad and hopefully become a better engineer myself. And hopefully become a more well-rounded person, I don't need to make all the mistakes in the world myself in order to learn from them, hopefully.

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Comment by Josh Bulloc on June 22, 2011 at 6:10pm
Nice to have you here Teaque, is it in the engineers or the other employees you see this mindset?
Comment by Teague Sizemore on June 19, 2011 at 6:30pm
I have also found engineering jobs while going to school or interning that have the defeatism prevalent that I would imagine could cause any well meaning engineer to change careers. I am talking about those engineering establishments where many of the workers just want to skate by the days earning a nice retirement package, benefits, no threat of being laid off, doing things the same because that is how they have always been done. You may know of the places too. But I am young, adventurous, I want to be working on the next biggest, greatest project, helping to change the world with landmarks seen from the space shuttle. If anyone here can help to point to someplace like that it would be a step in the right direction for me! Thanks!

*And in no way is that post meant to mock or put down any particular person, job, or place of work. It is just an over generalization of a small trend that I do not want to follow.*
Comment by Teague Sizemore on June 19, 2011 at 6:22pm
I am trying to do the opposite of this forum! Hah. I am a nearly minted civil engineer trying to get into the business, find my first successful career, a mentor, and eventually start an innovative business of my own.

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Comment by Josh Bulloc on June 19, 2011 at 6:56am
We are glad to have you Brandon.
Comment by Brandon Hilliard on June 17, 2011 at 5:05am
I love the name of this group! Just joined yesterday and I'm looking forward to the discussions.

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Comment by Josh Bulloc on May 28, 2011 at 6:07am
Great idea Brent.  We are always interested in having more people in the mastermind.

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Comment by Josh Bulloc on May 28, 2011 at 6:07am
Good thinking Gerard
 

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