(Closed) Career Advice-Share your stories!

posted 9 years ago in Career
Post # 3
2765 posts
Sugar bee

How does Product/Project mgmt work at your company… is one marketing and one engineering?  And then Operational Excellence is an operational role?

Sorry for all the questions!

Post # 4
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Does your company have an internship or mentoring program?  A lot of companies are starting to implement these types of programs to help young/new employees determine their career path.  If you don’t, could you bring the idea up to your boss that you would like to job shadow a person in each of these positions?  If your boss is pretty positive about your success in this company, he/she might allow you this time to figure out where your talents best align. 

Post # 6
1580 posts
Bumble bee

what is your educational background?

I’m currently an engineer, but I’ve considered a future in marketing. I actually know a lot of people who started in R&D and then later switched to marketing, so the path is definitely there. I don’t know anyone who started in marketing and then went to engineering, so I’d say start with engineering to keep your options open.

Post # 7
14183 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Have you considered something like Sales Engineering? I have a friend who does that and loves it.

As someone who is an engineer and who HAAAATES taking things apart and putting them bak together, that isn’t really the problem unless you work with cars or something tangible. To me, taht is specifically mechanical engineering.

But, i will say. That just b/c you are GOOD at engineering, make sure you like the JOB. I found engineering classes fascinating, loved the derivations and probelm solving but the real life application doesn’t do it for me.

I find that my day consists of creating technical purchase orders (here, company A, i want tensile/fatigue/heat testing on THIS material) and sitting at a desk all day awkwardly.

IMO, ACTUAL engineering is just really strange. It takes like 5 years to solve a problem here at my company though and my kind of engineering (materials) is super technical. I don’t enjoy spending my day writing technical emails and trying to find filler jobs. It takes years to accomplish anythign tangible here, too.

But, it seems to me very common to start in engineering and move out. People regard you as being very intelligent and capable of doing anything and I’ve met PLENTY of people who’ve moved from engineering into management and/or marketing b/c they have problem-solver skills. Now, while I may not take things apart at home, I have a solid understanding of things like chemical structures, metallurgy, 3 dimensional calculus, and HOW to solve a problem like that.

Check if your company has a new employee type program. I knows ours does various rotations. Could you offer to help work on a project and stay in your current position? Then you could get some experience.

For me, I need something technically based (i’m a nerd mkay?) with the ability to problem-solve in a more social manner. I’m moving back into medicine–it’s technical, i have a solid background in chem/bio, and it’s problem solving but people-orientated. With engineering, I’ve learned you have to absolutely love it and have that kind of personality for it. It truly does take a unique type of person to do it for a long time and be happy in it. Currently, all my friends seem to hit burn out after 2-3 years (i went to an engineering school so ALL my friends are engineers) and sure enough, FB statuses show transitions to other careers quite commonly.

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