Post # 1
I graduated college with a teaching degree in December 2011 and have been teaching since January 2012. I teach high school math grades 9-12. I like teaching but I love math more. I feel guilty that I’ve decided to change my career so soon after being a teacher. But like I said I love math and I can’t let life pass me by. I’m excited to start this new journey for civil engineering! I start classes in January. Any civil engineers out there who love their job and have some great advice/stories to share about that career?
Post # 3
- Wedding: July 2014 - Prague
Sorry, not me, but I wish you well!!!!
Post # 4
I worked for a civil engineering company for 2 years. It seemed like all the engineers loved problem solving and designing. We worked with municipalities exclusively which proved to be a huge challenge on the business end…. governments now are cutting budgets and it was always a fight to get sales/projects from them because they didn’t have the extra money to redo roads or work on their sewer systems, etc. In this area it was highly competitive and my company wasn’t one of the strongest competitors. I worked on marketing for the company and got so frustrated. We would submit responses to cities’ requests for services and maybe got chosen for the project 10% of the time. In many cases the engineer/project manager was responsible for being the client liaison too… they wore a lot of hats! Of course not all civil engineers end up working for a private engineering firn, but that was my experience with it!
Post # 5
I’m a civil engineer! I work a bit out of the field these days, still within engineering, but less of a civil focus.
how long will it take you to get the eng degree? Will you study full time or continue teaching as you study? I have a friend who went the other way- engineering but retrained into maths teaching. Do what you love!
Post # 6
Wow, that is a big change! Good for you!
I am an Environmental/Water Resources Engineer (which is pretty close to Civil) and I love it! I’ve been working in a consulting firm since graduating and my job definitely keeps me on my toes. I find the projects I get to work on give me a better understanding of how the world works, and I get to work for a good variety of clients in various industries which keeps it interesting.
The one thing that can be challenging is that some (not all, but some) engineers are a little lacking in the social skills department, so sometimes they can be hard folks to work with. So I would say as you are going through your program, and later on with work, that’s just something to be aware of. There also tend to be more men in engineering than women (not necessarily a bad thing – I like working with men) but again something to keep in mind. Right now the group I work in has 15 people, and 3 of those are women.
Post # 7
I am a teacher too and like you I am also looking to get off of this sinking ship. You go, girl! In civil engineering you will be well compensated for your talent, creativity and hard work. (Unlike in teaching…)
Post # 8
@Contented_J: Since some of my credits transferred I have about 100 to take for the CE degree. I could have this degree finished in 2.5 years IF I quit my teaching job and take 14-19 hrs per semester, OR I could keep teaching and take 6-10 hrs per semester and it’ll take me about 4 years. I’m still trying to figure that part out lol. I’m having a baby at the end of August so I’m thinking I’ll just quit teaching so I can be a Stay-At-Home Mom and full-time college student.
@BelliniChic: Ooh I’m so glad you said that! I feel exactly like that and I feel incredibly guilty. I love my kids, ddon’t get me wrong, but if I’m going to be sacrificing my precious time and energy to the education system, then I’d like more appreciation in return than what I’m getting. I live in Oklahoma and next August when school starts we are going full fledged COMMON CORE! I think CC has great potential and aspects, but no matter how you present a curriculum, if the kids don’t know how to think or are steadfast on not wanting to, then it’s not gonna happen. Like all other teachers I give so much time and energy at work, then have to bring my work home with me waaay to often, then I don’t have the time for my own family. I enjoyed teaching while I did it but I’m so excited to move on from it!
Post # 9
I hear everything you’re saying… we plunged head first into Common Core this year and have gotten one mixed message after another over how we’re supposed to be implementing it. Meanwhile we’re supposed to write an encyclopedia’s worth of learning benchmarks on our boards everyday, “what are we learning” boards and specific learning scales for each lesson; and 90% of our planning periods are now being chewed up by meetings and trainings.
I have spent $1,000 out of pocket on supplies so far and am now putting on the brakes with the spending. From now on, if it isn’t provided to me by the school district, it’s not happening in my room.
I’ve been spending hours and hours this Christmas break crunching numbers, trimming expenses in the household budget (phone/cable service changes, etc.) and am planning to switch jobs, which will probably mean a pay cut. And I don’t care about the money anymore… not that teaching pays that much money.
I just want a job where I’m not taking home bags and bags full of work (UN-PAID WORK) weeknights and weekends, while being jerked around and abused by administration. It’s not worth it anymore.
I love my students too. But I love my mental health more than I love them, LOL. The taxpayers have gotten their money’s worth out of me and this gravy train is about to shut down.
Post # 10
@karmalkween: Not a civil engineer but am a former Math teacher. I switched careers after 2 years and haven’t looked back once.