Recent comments on another post suggest widespread disenchantment among engineers. Are you happy in your work?
Perhaps not, judging from your responses to my recent post Why Can’t You Get Hired?
This community skews toward the very experienced. That often means you’ve fought in the trenches for many years, engaged in hand-to-hand combat and suffered through management incompetence and bit your tongue (or not) amid marketing mindlessness.
You’re still alive, but sometimes you wonder how.
I want to take your comments on that post a step further. Since we (heart) data, please take 30 seconds to answer four questions on a Google form (using this link or see the form below) so we can put some context around what is otherwise intangible: happiness. (We’ll keep it anonymous, so no need to give your name and email, as we do with the quiz forms).
Presumably you ask yourself these life and career questions as much as I do: Why I haven’t written that novel yet? It’s been on my to-do list since second grade. Maybe I should try farming. Etc. Most Americans seem satisfied with their jobs according to last summer's Gallup survey, but perhaps we just aren’t. Perhaps it’s an occupational hazard. Perhaps engineers simply have a higher standard by which they gauge work and the workplace.
Once you’ve answered the form questions, let us know here in the comments section below:
- What’s your ideal job?
- And how would you advise the next generation of engineers to manage their careers?