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Key to survival: Manage your career

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stinky08
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stinky08   1/6/2012 3:47:22 PM
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you want to move to Europe?

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TFCSD   1/6/2012 2:04:44 AM
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I know an middle age engineer that moves between jobs and lives in hotel rooms for months/years. He's not unemployed, but he is miserable, is single, and in poor health. He probably spends so much on living on the road that others who stay put may actually earn more. As Ben Franklin said," Three moves are as bad as a fire". While I stayed in the same place and was unemployed for a little while at times, but am just as miserable or less, single, and in better health. And from the looks of his car, cloths, and food, I may have about the same amount of quality of life materialistically.

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Haldor   1/4/2012 6:00:54 PM
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Biggest employment problem engineers face is a reluctance to relocate. The unemployment rate for engineeers who are willing to relocate to where the jobs are is approaching 0%. Been unemployed for more than a year? Sell your house and move someplace that isn't dying (from a technology jop standpoint). I have moved in excess of 1000 miles, 4 times in the last 20 years in my career and have never been unemployed (moved from one position to another).

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Haldor   1/4/2012 5:55:12 PM
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New grads are at the bottom of the marketable skills range. Very few new grads have the in depth experience it takes to be a productive engineer. In my experience a new grad takes between 1 to 2 years of on the job training before they become real contributors. Employers are looking for people who can solve their problems now, not 2 years from now. Short sighted I agree, but considering how many experienced engineers are on the job market why would anyone be willing to fund a new engineers apprenticeship?

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Mel007   1/3/2012 6:07:06 PM
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In the west it seems we value lawyers, accountants, financial analysts, doctors, etc. Work for them might slow in slow times, but they still have a nice income even then. For engineers it seems we have a binary salary - all or none. To leverage a phrase from Willy Nelson - "Mamma don't let your babies grow up to be engineers".

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krisi   1/2/2012 8:48:09 PM
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If you live in North America I think the final lesson is "DON'T BECOME AN ENGINEER!"...Kris

t.alex
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t.alex   12/29/2011 1:34:11 PM
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Benson, for 4 years where was the money?

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zeeglen   12/29/2011 1:10:05 AM
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You see both types at meetings. There are the chair warmers, and then there are the go-getters who are not afraid to speak up (even if they are NOT head honchos) and create meaningful input. Whether or not the HH chair warmers listen is a whole 'nother issue.

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Bert22306   12/28/2011 10:23:50 PM
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And here I thought I had coined the term "professional meeting attender." You nailed it, Frank.

t.alex
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t.alex   12/27/2011 1:35:32 PM
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Technology is very fast changing. However, it is right we need to keep updated always.

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