(Closed) Prospects vs life plans… help! (bit long..)

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 4
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908 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

If you never wanted to do a masters this probably isn’t the job for you. I would keep the job you have, not start a masters program yet, and start looking for another job (it’s always easier to get a new job when you’re already employed). You’re young enough that you can still basically start over if you absolutely had to, without taking a hit to your career. Embrace that! 

Post # 5
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684 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

If this is not what you want to do, then you will not be happy doing it. You might eventually burn out because you will not be able to keep up the illusion. There many different type of Engineering jobs out there that could very well keep you in the office but may be not off the road, though. Sales, project management, support, government.. possibilities are endless and you could shape your career according to where you would like to go.

I would be honest with yourself and if you don’t want to do the Masters delay it. You don’t have to tell them anything about your plans. Get as much experience as you can and keep looking for jobs in the meantime. It’s tough for young Engineers and you might have to bounce around a bit in the beginning until you find the right fit. Some people just stick around with one place so they can get their 5 years experience to be in the intermediate bracket instead of junior. I personally don’t think it is the best way because you could be locking yourself down on the wrong path. It is better to change jobs a lot in the beginning until you find the right one where you can grow.

Post # 6
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5095 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I think your best course of action right now is to try to talk to as many people in different lines of work as you can. Your alumni network might be able to set you up with contacts who will be happy to tell you what it’s like, how they got there, pros and cons of their professions. That way you can get a more realistic sense of what opportunities are out there and how well you would like them.

It also sounds like part of hte problem is that you’re a little lonely. Maybe you can try doing things on weekends? Volunteering, finding clubs, sports, or other activities that would let you meet other people?

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