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SAN FRANCISCO--I had lunch the other day with old friend from the VC
community, a guy whose fitness and boyish good looks belie the
turmoil of the electronics industry he's invested in for 30 years.
We caught up on all the usual topics and then the kids--his are
about the same age as mine. One of them is studying to be an
engineer like dad; the two older ones didn't go that route, although one is in the sciences.
My friend shrugged his shoulders: "I don't know whether he should go
into engineering." I was taken aback.
Then I read Chuck Murray's piece on Design News: "Why
aren't engineering students happier? Because it's hard
hard, possibly the most rigorous curriculum in college
today, even with
the maker/hacker movement
inspiring more kids to at
least consider engineering as a college path. It's hard, and the profession, once you're armed with that EE diploma, is challenged these days.
If you're reading this, it's likely you've been in the profession
for many years, have high school- or college-aged kids. Your wages
have probably been stagnant, relatively speaking, for the past
decade and your workload increased. Your kids (or grandkids) see it
in your eyes as they ponder their careers ahead. You love what you
What do you say to them?