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6611 No. 6611 ID: e9341d
General discussion, starting with a dilemma:

I'm taking a break from my bachelors degree, one that might last for another one or two years. I've been offered a full-time job that seems like a good fit for me, but isn't really related to my major. (The job is in Appliance Installation, and my major is in Manufacturing Engineering.)

I have bupkiss skilled labor experience, so I'm feeling pretty lucky about this offer. At the same time, I feel like I should do as much as I can in pursuit of the degree, seeing as I've already been in school for a while and racked up about 20k in debt.

How advantageous is it that I work a job related to my major? Would it be worthwhile to hold out for a factory job?
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>> No. 6612 ID: 329f54
It kind of sounds like by taking this job you would be going in the opposite direction of what you've been working toward. Any high school dropout can install appliances, it is really not a "skilled labor" job.

If it were me, I would hold out, but I am living comfortably and have a good chunk of money in savings, so you may not want to take my advice.

If I were you, I would ask one of your instructors with help finding an internship in the field you're studding for.

I'm looking into going back to school for mechanical engineering myself, and I have a handful of friends who have graduated with various engineering degrees. They all say hold out for a decent gig. Two of them work for Genie in Redmond, and the other works for Boeing. Their starting salaries were $60k+ a year with full benefits. I say keep your nose to the grindstone, it will pay off in two or three more years.
>> No. 6613 ID: 461515
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As said in >>6612
>I say keep your nose to the grindstone, it will pay off in two or three more years.

You ever go hiking, and decide to take a break? You sit down for a minute or two to take a rest, and when you go to get back up, your legs feel much more stiff and tired than when you sat down?

Engineering school is kind of like that. Ya, it can be shitty and tiring at times, but if you take a break too early you might just not come back, and if you do, it will be that much harder to get up to speed again.
If your engineering program has work terms built in to it, take them, but at an an accredited engineering firm doing engineering work, or with a professor doing research. Don't settle for less; it will be a waste of your time. I don't know if they have an equivalent to a P.Eng certification in the 'States, but if they do; time spent on a work term might count towards getting it.
Another reason to hold off until you can get an engineering job on a work term is that employers are going to look at your past work experience with other engineering firms. You might be the best goddamn appliance installer to have ever existed, but they wont care. Depending on your area and how the local economy is doing, you are going to need what ever advantage you can get over fellow classmates (and those from other schools) to get that post graduation job.


For the record, I too am an engineering student, studying materials engineering.
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Already interviewed there for an assembly position. I didn't get the job.
Like I said: my resume is not good. Last job was dishwashing at minimum wage, no real assembly experience. I'm not sure I'm actually qualified for any kind of engineering-related work, and I don't see myself as a competitive applicant for well-paying production jobs.

The break from college has more to do with money than fatigue. Before, my parents were helping out with tuition, but my mothers' firm stopped paying her over the summer, so I couldn't return to school this fall like we'd planned. From what they're telling me, I can't go back unless I pay for it myself, or Mama Opforian gets another cushy job in the next 11 months. Either way, I'm expected to pay up, and the job I have now barely pays for gas.
I was also taking classes in community college up until august this year, so It's not like I've been lying around.

Basically, I realize this job isn't going to move me forward, but I have little confidence I can secure a paying job that does.
>> No. 6621 ID: ddcf9f
There are creative ways to pad a resume. Apply for a tax number, that was any gaps in your employment history can be explained away with "I was running a private business."
>> No. 6756 ID: efc59e
Semi-related to the OP, but I've been quietly contemplating going back to school for a STEM related degree ever since I graduated with a History/PoliSci degree two years ago. I did extremely well, but I decided against grad school, since the academic job market for Historians actually makes law school look promising by comparison. So far, the math hasn't been nearly as tough as I expected it to be, but I'm still only grazing the surface first year calculus, and I'm self-taught, so there are probably more than a few gaps in my knowledge that I'm not really aware of. I still have about $25k in student debt to pay off, and I've already used up 4 semester's worth of Pell Grants and subsidized loans, so financially speaking, getting another degree within the next few years just isn't in the cards. But looking farther out, maybe within 5 years, I'm looking more and more at Computer Science or Electrical Engineering. Is this just craziness on my part? I know you guys are mostly hard-headed realists, so any sane, sober (or even harsh) advice you might be willing to provide would be sincerely appreciated.
>> No. 6790 ID: 761ea1
Just so we're covering our bases here, posting this to clarify and perhaps reassure some of you reading this thread right now. Not everyone thinks that griping about being a fucking engineer in college and shit is anything. It's your life, live it how you need to. Fuck school, fuck the corporate world, do what you have to.
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