By - blabbedybloobla
Getting the wrong job in engineering can temporarily destroy your passion for showing up everyday to that specific job. Find what you like to do. If you cannot find it, take solace in your hobbies.
My first job was underground wet utility and parking lot design.
Designing strip mall parking lots killed my soul. I left the profession all together.
Eventually tried power systems - fell in love and now it’s been over a decade! Just gotta find the right fit like Cinderella :)
How long did you work at your first job?
Two years. Got laid off thank god. At my young age I never had the guts to walk away and Take a risk.
I hate work.
I 100% want an engineering job because it will give me experience on how to develop stuff which I can then turn into building a race car in my garage and then racing until I can't afford it anymore and die.
Also I want a house and a modest amount of $ to leave my kid when I pass away.
Just wanted to say your comment gave me the motivation to do my work.
Yup, my hobbies keep me happy and technically afloat. Work just has me managing people and projects lol. But it pays the bills and pays for my hobbies so whatever, it's a tradeoff I am willing to accept.
Key word is Temporary.
This has to do with working environment and the I don't give a rats ass attitude of the team work culture.
I have an EE degree. I spent 8 grueling months looking for my first job, including some temp assembly work during that time. I went for it because what do people good at math and science do? Engineering. My dad was an electrician, why not electrical? (Making 18-year olds with little to no world experience pick their career path is stupid. Full stop.)
I got my first job, and was underwhelmed. There is a high probability that the company I landed at was not a good place for entry-level EEs. My boss had zero interest in helping me learn, either I knew something or I didn’t. He was also very protective of the electronics he designed, nothing new went through anyone but him. Other coworkers were too busy to help. Office politics were extreme. I know it happens everywhere but I’ve since come to learn that this level was not normal. Seven years later and after making it through two rounds of layoffs while not noticeably increasing my knowledge, I was laid off (it was not unexpected). I was the youngest in the engineering group by at least 10 years.
Not convinced EE was my future, I floated around for a few years doing whatever. I then landed a job at a machine shop through a friend as I had always found myself gravitating toward the machine shop when I was an EE. Walked in with zero knowledge or experience, six years later I’m very good at what I do and am in charge of a Swiss machining shop with 14 employees. I’m much happier, despite the generally high base stress level of the medical device industry and all the BS that comes with manufacturing. My pay is comparable, if you include 5-8 hours OT per week.
If you like it, go for it. If it doesn’t work out, you’ll have other options.
The field of engineering is vast. If you get bored or your passion is dwindling in the specific kind of work you do, you can always change it up. This isn’t applicable to just engineering but any field really. Besides, engineering is a good starting point to give you a background on how many different things work.
Also, if you’re in engineering you’re probably inclined to explore whatever makes you curious, that alone will drive you to pursue what makes you happy. Sometimes a job’s a job, engineering or not.
Some of my friends who graduated with me pursued non engineering careers in sales, arts, sailing, etc., some came came back to a job in engineering too. At the end of the day if you don’t like what you’re doing- try to change things.
I didn't let it: I kept changing jobs until I found an engineering job I loved. Now I'm never leaving (until I leanFIRE). Ultimately it's about the money though. If I didn't need money I would teach high school shop class.
That’s fair, I would teach high school calculus😂
That'd be cool too. I always wanted to teach airplane mechanics, that's kind of niche though and I don't have the experience
As someone who hates/loves their job I never get tired of engineering. Problem is that once you are in a corporate world there is a lot less engineering going on than you think. I maybe engineer 2-3 hours a day and the rest is stakeholder management and corporate politics.
Tinkering, taking things apart, and building things are not engineering. You will be fine…
Tinkering *with excel* and building *reports*
So true, and reading ASTM’s, CFR, RCRA, and other documents for standards and specs criteria. Also usually do web cam calls where one old ass winded PE says, *May I interrupt here for some personal input because I’ve got a story from a prior job site to share that’s relatable*
To the lads out there going the FE to PE route, mad respect. It’s not for me, I enjoy the field / project engineer role better than being a lead or assistant PM role. To much bs paper work and looking at CAD/Revit all day.
It's worth noting that while tinkering and engineering are not the same thing you *will* often learn skills in engineering that are applicable to tinkering too!
You will definitely learn things about engineering as well tinkering and taking things apart. You get to see ways that other engineers solved problems.
Cold hard truth right here.
I used to think this but my engineering internship (and all the people I worked with) was essentially this. Extremely hands on engineering work.
It is sometimes, for sure. Research/r&d, design engineering, lots of specialties and specific jobs within specialties involve a lot of tinkering. Also being able to take something apart and reassemble it and having done that with a variety of systems absolutely helps develop specific engineering skills (that a lot of engineers are missing).
That's what I loved about my internship. I was in the manufacturing engineering department for a medical device manufacture. Lots of one-offs, custom equipment taken from design all the way to implementation, a well equipped machine shop with 2 full time machinists, and management not afraid to throw money at a problem. Makes me warm and fuzzy just thinking about it.
>manufacturing engineering department
I was always told that engineering would be most desk work doing CAD emails. I spent more time on manufacturing floor doing hands on stuff than at my computer
Very true. Most schools don't do a good job teaching students that engineering is first and foremost a team sport.
Passion for your field is absolutely great, but not strictly necessary for a satisfying career in engineering. It's ok to do things you aren't passionate about if they're (1) useful, (2) not terribly unpleasant, and (3) you're getting paid to do them. And #2 is flexible depending on how much you're getting for #3.
Over the years I've done a lot of work that was moderately satisfying but very little I've been passionate about. Passion projects tend to be risky or have unclear economic value in the short term. So they often don't get approved or don't last long. Nonetheless, I've had a pretty good career so far. I mostly save my passions for my hobbies and other interests. I am in control of those. Don't let your employer be the gatekeeper of your passions. You will end up a slave to both your passions and your employer. Unless of course you start your own company, but then you become less of an engineer and more of a businessperson/salesperson by necessity.
Very much this. I'm an aerospace engineer who doesn't have a favorite plane. Don't get me wrong, I'm passionate about airplanes staying above buildings and mountains, and that's how I find motivation at work, but if I won the lottery, I'd exit the industry immediately. It's just the career path that will pay me enough to enable my hobbies to be fulfilled via excellent work life balance.
What company are you a manager at?
I’m not posting my company details.
Anyway the point is that there is a difference between their hobbies and engineering as a job.
If you’re trying to make a point just make it.
Tinkering and building things involves engineering.
Typically, it's people removed from the actual engineering (managers) who will argue that it's unrelated.
If the guys hobby is building a racecar, he's an infinitely better engineer than an "engineer" who got a 4.0 in school but their only hobby is watching Harry Potter.
You are taking things too literally. There will be sufficient difference and OP has nothing to fear.
25 years and it got to me in the end. Caused a mental breakdown. Rose to the top and it was not "as advertised". I love engineering but the wrong job can ruin you. Its pretty stressful job unless you just want to "push buttons". I was a foreman/manager senior engineer and you can get burned out quickly. Best advice is just never let it get to you "it just a job" and if its not right change. Still love engineering but YES i don't have the same love/passion as I once did when you know most things about your job the lack of learning new things becomes less and less until its just mundane work. Its at that point you need to remember you are just a "number" and move on to new pastures.
Jesus where do you guys work? And if/when things are causing mental breakdowns why don't you start sending out resumes?
funny thing about mental breakdowns and burnout is that you don't get home wanting to update resumes and read more of the garbage posted on Indeed.
When dealing with depression/stress, you don't know what is wrong. I worked in the UK, for a sub con manufacturing company. We only made things no one else wanted or could do from all over the world. The most expensive part I ever made cost over 250k and there is no spares!! gets stressful. I ended up leaving engineering and know trying to find a new career with cad and working remote.
That's understandable. I too would like a full time remote job eventually. I work remote every Friday and just having that one day to yourself to focus helps tremendously with mental health. Good luck.
And you buddy. Just remember its just a job. And it can be mentally rewarding. I have parts on mars in space and in championship-winning race cars. Engineering can have some perks and some good pub stories haha
One of my coworkers got a burnout 8 months into a project we were participating in as consultants for a startup company. He's an expert and never expected to be doing the job of two or three full-time engineers due to the lack of personel and insane workload... I also got close to a burnout myself before I said I wanted out. We both switched to another project.
Same experience for a startup. Only took about 6 weeks before I had the conversation with my boss that I needed to be moved off the project. Client had no idea what they were asking for. I learned quickly that T&E with no schedule seems like it would be a dream, but in the end you can never do it fast enough and it always comes out too expensive unless you get it all clear in the beginning.
In the USA engineers are getting pretty overworked lots of places. It’s not uncommon to work 60-80 hours a week with increasingly hostile management and deadlines looming over you, all for stagnant wages.
I did 18 years but am at a similar point. Trying to fall in love with it again.
>Did getting an engineering job destroy your passion for engineering?
Instead, having an engineering job kept me abreast of technology and gave me exposure to technology that I otherwise wouldn't have known about.
I actually use my job to fuel my hobby, by taking advantage of it to learn as much as I need to fulfill my personal projects.
Yes definitely. Destroyed my passion for most everything. I’ve struggled with depression since starting full time work and I haven’t been able to hold down a therapist for more than a few months. Partially due to my own issues with self-sabotage and partially because they refuse to see me once my inconsistent work schedule causes me to miss a few appointments.
I work in manufacturing though so, different than a lot of other engineers. And I wouldn’t really consider what I do to be engineering work anyway, even though I am technically an “engineer”.
Working full time just…sucks. Its stressful and soul crushing.
Manufacturing sucks. I was in it for the better part of a decade, not as an engineer, and I ultimately returned to school because I couldn't deal with the massive load of shit it was.
Get out of manufacturing.
Manufacturing is pretty straight forward on paper. Everyone knows that there will be mistakes. Yet most the places I worked couldn't accept that. There were always talks and shit about stuff that got messed up. It was as easy as not checking a check box on the CNC interface. Hell, I was only making fancy store fixture cabinets but the ass holes I worked for were horrible. That place was an utter shit hole. The owner was a neurotic shit storm.
I feel your pain buddy. Join Reddit's "antiwork" page it's surprising helpfully.
You and I and a lot of others are in the same boat. Chin up and keep going pushing and going forward!
You can always do something else and come back to engineering. I did some agency work random jobs and it really helped and brought me out of my depression the first time.
100% depends on the job.. repetitive shit will eat your soul. Doing stuff without needing to think but still count as engineering will make you feel like your brain is rotting daily.
I got into R&D (software/embedded for thermal cameras).. no one knows shit (including your bosses, everyone is as clueless as you are about X), it's the best thing ever. There's no right or wrong, just progress towards understanding what you're working on. There are days of boring things and some repetitiveness of course but that's maybe 10% of the job.
Everyday I face unknown stuff and get total freedom to go whatever way I want to solve the issue or come to an understanding "why this won't work".
I'm terrified of needing to look for another job when that day comes lol. That's the most depressing shit possible.
I certainly spend less time tinkering at home than I used to, because I get tired of it after a long day. I’m still excited to do that for money/during the workday, probably more so because I get to play with way more expensive parts than I would ever buy myself.
15 years in and I still love what I do
Congratulations dude, not everyone is this fortunate
Where do you work?
yes 100%. I learned that I don't like working, responsibility, and dealing with other people. However, there are worse jobs/careers.
what engineering? im just a paper pusher
This guy gets it
Where do you find a job that isn't just compiling reports and doing paperwork?
let me know when you find out
Don’t work in manufacturing……
It did until I switched to a way better company.
Chances are most of what ruins people's work experiences isn't engineering itself but either a crappy company or something they're just not interested in.
It all depends on what field and job position you land in.
I've work on more R&D side of things, got to fabricate, install hardware and test concepts. That was always fun for me, except when I didn't have the tools needed to do the job and the deliverable date was around the corner.
I've also been on the other side where all I do is just documentation, inputting numbers into excel. I don't mind doing it for a bit because it's a chill, brainless task. But I can't do that forever else I'd blow my brains out from boredom.
Yes.. stupid F paper work. Idiot managers. Cost scheduling. Meetings that accomplish nothing. Incompetent people. Cool companies, cool jobs, cool projects from the outside of the company not working there is way different than actually working there and seeing it for yourself. Pigeonheld into one spot in a company. Recording times sometimes. Too much paper work to document everything. Having to move so fast with things. Useless PowerPoints. A lot of the time I am not doing engineering, it’s about learning how the company is ran by doing what they do for processes, policies, and how they are ran.
Edit: does depend on the job though. Currently doing systems engineering. Gotta be careful of jobs disguised as systems engineering or integration. Feels like a waste of time. Within the first month or week of knowing your job if it doesn’t align with you you should leave. If it doesn’t look or sound like you’ll be doing something you’ll like leave. Best to ask a lot of questions and learn as much of the job as you can.
im still suprised each time i see posts like this. like, people seriously consider that as something to be worried about? im just trying to get paid out here so i dont starve and become homeless lol
I care about money, but I’d rather not hate my life
it just a job lol, its what you make of it.
It takes up about 40 hours a week of your life until you retire. That’s a sizable chunk, and it’s a chunk that has a large effect on your relationship with the subject at hand. Just because you’re apathetic doesn’t mean everybody else is.
engineering is most apathetic job you can sign up for. its not what they show on tv, we are not tony starks over here
>engineering is most apathetic job you can sign up for.
It's hard to get excited about concrete, to be fair.
My materials lead would slap you so hard for that.
I've been pounding on this reactor core in this cave for nothing?!!? D:<
I never claimed you are. Many of my friends and relatives are engineers who love their jobs, and in this very comment section you can find plenty of people who do. Again, *you* being apathetic doesn’t speak for the job itself “being apathetic”.
If you have friends and relatives in engineering why ask randos on Reddit? I don’t know what answers you’re looking for but it’s about the people you work with more than the job. That’s not just engineering. If the people you work with are enthused, you will be enthused. I hated my job when I started but then our department moved to a different division with different management. Attitudes completely changed. I’m doing the same work in the same field and I love my job (or at least I’m content).
Because I’m in the US, and they work for the Indian government. Plus, they like Engineering, but weren’t super into it before getting a career in it.
But I’m not asking about satisfaction within the job itself. I’m asking if doing it as a job has ruined the field as a hobby for you.
Some jobs just suck big hairy elephant balls though. Like when I packed boxes all day every day. You ever stand in the same spot packing boxes for 8 hours aside from 2 breaks and a lunch? Goddamn is that mind numbingly boring. When I worked those kinds of jobs, I used to hate going to bed because then it means going back to work in the morning. But now that I work as an engineer, that feeling of dreading bedtime is gone.
A job is not just a job. Maybe temporarily, but not long term. Some will make you resent your life.
Then don't take an HR job. :)
40hrs a week doing something you hate is going to make for a very miserable time.
I’ve seen people take 50% salary cuts to do something they actually enjoy because the money is only going to get you so far mentally.
Engineering is like going to meeting and taking meeting minutes and actions. Would be nice to tinker and do that stuff
Certainly team dynamics and certain types of engineering can exploit and push your buttons. My most recent job I left because the entire product line had remained unchanged for over 100 years. The product was mature and the entirety of “engineering” ended up being redrawing old Manufacturing drawings and making basic assemblies in CREO. In addition, the entire team was nearing retirement age so they legitimately didn’t give a fuck about changing anything for the better. I was also supplied a desktop computer from 2011 and told to bring my own keyboard and mouse as the mouse they gave me still had a ball and was covered in old food. I didn’t last a year.
If I had no other point of reference, I may be afraid that this was what engineering was. But I knew better and started a new position this week with an employer that is passionate, excited, challenging, and willing to do anything to help me succeed.
Engineering encompasses a lot of different attitudes, disciplines, difficulty, etc. if you had passionate for it previously, I guarantee there’s a job for you.
No, if anything it kicked it into high gear. My job is engineering project management. It's basically the cocktease of engineering. Manage other people doing actual engineering work, and approving it. I've since built out a machine shop in my garage to meet my needs of actually designing and building things for myself.
I never had a passion for engineering, just wanted a good pay check to support what my actual passions are.
Get into R&D
No, HR and management did.
I had this experience. Turns out I just hated the industry. Went back to uni and now I'm doing my PhD and I'm absolutely loving it! I realised that I am more interested in big unsolved stuff that doesn't make any money.
>Did getting an engineering job destroy your passion for engineering?
Not even in the slightest.
If anything, it's made my passion for Engineering/Science/Physics even stronger than it did when I was in school.
I spent 10 years in Automotive as a Product Engineer, Prototype Manager and then Program Manager. Now I'm in my second year in Space/Defense as a Project Engineer.
I have some side projects I have been wanting to finish for years. I really think some of them could make me more money than my job. I just can't find the fucking energy though with work as crazy as it has been.
Fix your grindset yo
Pretend it could make it impact in the world + JUST. DOOOOOO ITTTTTTT
Some did. Some were the opposite. I hated engineering classes in college because much of it was very abstract and only chose it because I rank ordered degrees by salary and it seemed like it would be interesting. I’ve got a pretty good gig now and I look forward to work (most of the time)
i definitely spend less time working on my own shit in the garage.
I wouldn't say the passion is destroyed, it's just filled.
Nope. I tend to like it more the more i grow in my field.
But...you can have crappy jobs, bad bosses, boring work, poor work-life balance, bad pay, overwhelming work load demands, and so on. This doesn't make engineering bad. It just makes that job bad.
Yes 100%. Turns out my passion is studying theory more than I like trying to make money and a living working as an engineer. Could be just a shitty job but I would go back to school in a heart beat if I never had to worry about money again.
I really don’t think so. For me, working in engineering empowered me and gave me a different perspective on my hobbies.
To a certain degree, yes. I was so excited to start my new job as firmware engineer. I've always been enthusiastic to work on coding and designing schematics. I could spend long night working on tinkering stuffs.
However, since I started this job, my passion slowly dying. Im working on framework migration, Microchip Harmony to be specific. The problem is that Harmony is known for being extremely buggy and sloppy drivers. I worked on this pretty much alone for 4 months and accomplished nothing because 70% of my time was spent finding bug fixes for Microchip's bug, 20% meetings and 10% actually coding by myself.
The point is I was put into a 2 person team responsible for revamping an old dying product and this isn't the vision I had.
Hey, do you mean you'll PAY me to do this? And give me all these neat tools to work with? And send me to shows with more neat stuff to see? Really?
There's nothing like the satisfaction of seeing something you designed out in the field at work, and saying to yourself: I designed that...
No, but most engineering jobs do not involve "tinkering" and building random things for fun. That said, there's a huge variety of positions available in every field; I'm sure you'll find something you will love, enjoy, or tolerate. You will always have your free time to keep doing what you're doing.
I don’t think it’s necessarily the fact that I’m not passionate about engineering anymore, I’m just not passionate about showing up to work early, leaving late, meeting tight deadlines, working with idiots who can’t coordinate (contracts, architects, clients), and not getting paid enough for the amount of work I do.
However, I still love designing heavy civil infrastructure and watching it come to fruition.
Edit: I just started a job where I’m remote 3 days a week, in the office 2 days, I actually get paid for OT, and I get great benefits and salary, and it’s a union job so raises are annual, non negotiable. All in all, find the right job. The wrong job will make you hate your life.
Nope. It's a lot different than I thought it would be, but it's still just as interesting if not more so.
Jokes on you, I never had a passion!
I like my job. I do r&d engineering
Get a 3D printer. That will keep you interested
The oposite happened for me. I didnt like college but i found myself much comfortable working. More dynamic, learning actual knowledge and getting paid instead of paying.
This said, i consider myself as someone who had great pofessional opportunities, but engineering is pretty flexible, id youu found out not liking your position, its relatively easy to change.
Specially at a startinc point, i think that its way more important landing a job where you can learn a lot and grow profesionally while comfortable than a high paying one.
Engineering is a long lasting race, you dont want to burn out.
Spent 7 weeks this spring doing 65-70 hour weeks designing a stamping die and yes, my passion was crushed. The engineering becomes derailed and toxic at the hands of inept management building schedules for tasks they have never performed themselves.
Nope, mostly because I don’t get to do engineering, I do mostly project management.
It definitely did. But I wouldn’t change it. I still like my job, but now I see it for what it is. A job
But my job has allowed me to have other things that I’ve grown to like and appreciate. Money. Time with my family. No stress on the weekends. Video games
I'd say my shit uni destroyed my passion for engineering.
My first job definitely destroyed my passion, i quit took 2 months off and decided to go to grad school which so far has reignited my curiosity so lets hope it keeps going
Benefits of working in engineering:
- possibility of working on super interesting, large budget, technical projects filled with uncertainty. Highly unlikely you’ll get access to these budgets or problems in your garage.
- Needing to produce results quickly for customers
- Managers interfering with your decision making process.
- getting pigeon holed into doing one task. Only doing FEA or detailing for example.
Caveat: finding roles/companies where you get to work on exciting stuff took me heaps of effort and about 4-5 different jobs to find.
Got my degree in M.E. got hired as a design engineer. In college we took designing very seriously. Everyone I knew wanted to get their P.E. license. I went looking for a company that was local, good track record, higher than average pay, and hopefully people to mentor me. Got everything except people to teach and mentor me.
I have completely lost my drive and passion for my work. The entire company is lazy. Designing parts to design them well, thinking about every possible problem, external condition, life of the part, etc doesn't even get brought up unless customer asks specifically for it to work in a specific environment. which only happens 2 years into warranty.
Most of my days are spent doing nothing. At first it was absolute hell. I'm someone who needs to always be doing something. Or I feel like I'm not progressing and I'm wasting my time. I ended up becoming a huge overachiever at work. Completed assignments in every department. Helped literally every project, every team do something. Worked as much overtime and grave yard shifts doing inspections on warranty vehicles. Picked up extra design work. Started studying material science to better understand electrical interference. Asked everyone every question I could think of. And no one cared or didn't think of it so didn't answer it.
Boss ended up getting upset that I was causing him so much extra work having to check my work and having to be involved in so many other departments. No one communicates between departments which leads to errors and double work down the line.
I tried to make the company better by fixing miscommunications, part number errors, drawing errors, etc. No one cared and I ended up getting in trouble for fixing things. Was literally told to sit around and wait for things to be assigned which could be days, weeks, and sometimes months without having things to do.
I ended up being sent home because of the pandemic which just made the situation even worse. Ruined my sleeping schedule. Ruined my routine. Ruined all the habits I built up. Now that's my fault for letting them go and letting something else affect my routine. But man. Engineering was always such a respected field to me. I looked at engineering like being a doctor or a lawyer. I took everything very seriously in classes.
We have the capacity to do extremely great things for the population. But people just cheat their way through college then don't try once they get a job. Companies don't care about making great products anymore. They care about shareholder profits. And shareholders don't care about the engineering behind the end product.
But I need money. Of course I would just quit and go work for a research and development company. But I can't. R and d positions don't pay 6 figures. Atleast where I am currently. and I can't afford to move. So I have to stay at this company and deal with all the bullshit until I have enough saved up to afford to make less money somewhere else doing something that makes me happy. Makes me feel fulfilled with my work. Doesn't have to be everyday. Just atleast once a month I would like to take some joy in what I do 40-60hours/week.
I've started studying financing and investing. Made a bunch in the stock market. But not anywhere close to being able to switch careers. I have recruiters and companies calling me every week about wanting to hire me. Salary is 60-85k/year. Can't do it. Gotta turn it down even though it could be a lot of fun.
Since I'm trying to save up and get a better job that unfortunately pays less. I can't spend money on designing and building side projects. That'd just mean more time spent at this shit company.
Hopefully just a few more years but looking at this economy. I'm even more worried now that I might lose this job due to layoffs. So even though I'm experienced in every department and have been a swiss army knife for the company there's still a large chance I could be laid off and have to take a lower paying job if I could even still get it when the economy takes a turn.
I enjoy my job in mechanical design/cad. I have always liked woodworking and building things but fixing cars, atv's, mowers etc. is about all I do hands-on anymore. When I get home I'm just burned out thinking about how things work/how to build something. I'd rather spend time with my kids. Maybe they will be interested in building/woodworking and I can get back into it with them.
The never ending paperwork and annoying clients are the shit part of the job.
I enjoy drafting and 3D modeling so I balance it the best I can.
Not a very interesting answer here. But honestly no.
The world around you (in this case, the places that you will be working at) will be what it is. You will have pretty limited control over things that are external to you. But, you do have full control over your perception of that world.
The way that I look at it, maybe only realized years later, was to keep true to the root of what made you love engineering. And for me, it was that spark of curiosity. No matter what I ended up doing, it was always fun to “figure it out, and see if I can make it better”.
Now, over the course of a career, the “it” in “figuring it out” changes quite a bit. From things highly technical but can be done by oneself; to still highly technical but so complex that figuring it out requires collaboration of many people; to the process and the people implementing those processes… The thing that’s constant was that they could all be analyzed and looked-at through an engineer’s eye.
For sure, there will be times when you feel like you’re stuck in rut. Then, you’d know it’s time to move on. Or better yet, be proactive about seeking out those new challenges, keep on doing those things that you don’t already know how to do. In a good company, you don’t need to leave the company to do this.
Hell naw. It has destroyed a few misconceptions though.
Turns out rocket science is not as hard as I once thought.
Turns out physicians and surgeons are not necessarily smart, they just studied a certain topic extra hard. Doesn't mean they are always on point, in my previous industry had to challenge them a few times.
Adults act like adults in front of children, in the work place they still lose their cool quite a bit and sometimes just act irrationally. Learning to manage that is a skill on its own. Whatever problem you run into in group projects is somewhat accurate for working in some companies.
Where was your previous industry?
Worked in medical device, surgical robotics, Automation/Computer vision, and now under sea robotics. Been a wild ride.
I wish I could have this kind of experience. Being located in Africa means you are light years behind the world.
Not at all. It has given me a far better understanding of how products are made and what is possible, and how things work. So now if I want to make something new or modify something existing, I have a more intuitive sense of what needs to be done and how to do it.
I have been able to create products through my jobs that I couldn’t have done as a hobby because I don’t have deep enough pockets to drop hundreds of thousands on tooling. But when I have corporate backing, I can design exactly what I want and get it made. For my own projects it’s more repurposing existing things to suit my needs.
Late to the party but yes, immensely.
Years of work got it into me, problems= cost= money= more problems. The cycle loops endlessly.
Whenever I have to "tinker" with something, be it at work or at home, I know I am fucked. It didn't have to but the nature of the work made it so.
No tinker= no fucked= live better in life.
In college it is all fun and games (or not), because you are often not told to comply with certain rules. In the real world, you often have little to no control on what to do (in engineering), it is always in the interest of cost, even people told you otherwise, it is always about the bang per buck.
Edit: Getting a job is like dating. Most of the time you don't get a date, most of the time people dont interest you, and it is the same. Yes it can be as depressing as it sounds but that is it. Some people got great jobs, because just like in dating, they just so happened to hit the jackpot.
Yes and no.
If you're a woman, especially a woman of color, engineering is draining. Nearly 40% of women end up leaving engineering because of hostile work environments.
That being said, I'm still passionate about engineering. Just not engineering in a career sense or its workplace culture.
Not at all. In fact it made me more interested.
Not at all.
Depends. It destroyed my interest in working in engineering. It didn’t destroy my interest in the various fields of engineering. Sadly never had an aptitude for tinkering, but I can say my desire to tinker is unchanged. So I’d say no overall, I still love engineering. I’ve just realized 99% of engineering is red tape, budgets and office politics
To an extent, I always wanted to make my own mobile apps/games but now that I write software all day at work it's the last thing I want to do when I get home. Though I still love doing it as a job and learning new things but your hobbies will change.
Bureaucracy and politics, etc in the corporate world can really wear people down over time. I think that’s common in Engineering.
But anyways, I’ve had my ups and downs over my career. I didn’t encourage my two oldest kids to pursue the same degree. But I did with my youngest.
If you enjoy problem solving, building something either it’s a product of a system, or you like looking at data and make sense out of it, you will like engineering.
It differs from company to company, if you company doesn’t have healthy culture, then you will hate it. So finding a company that suits you, you will be fine.
Try to find places that have people stay long term. If you see most people stay in the company for 5+ years, some 10+ years usually it’s pretty good
Not at all! Not all engineering jobs are created equal though. I'm pretty hands on with the work I do (machine design). 16y in and I learn something new on every job (but to be fair these days I generally only take on new projects where there is something I haven't done or had to learn before since I have recurring business that allows for that).
It'll only destroy your passion if you let it.
If you feel like you are being drained by your work, find new work. Demand is high, you'll find SOMETHING that looks interesting and pays well.
nope, keeps it fueled and fresh.
this post made me laugh. After almost 20 years....YES
I feel like most of what I do now is PSM. I hate it. I want to design again
It depends if you have the right job. My first job out of college was as an fpga engineer i didn’t enjoy it nor was I very good at it and got laid off in a covid layoff. Skip to job number 2 I’m in embedded software and I actually like doing work and I’m getting pretty good at it. You gotta find what you like when I was in college I wasn’t interested in rotational programs that lots of companies offer. That’s because I was stupid if you have an opportunity to go to one of those and find what you like do it.
Quality engineering will. Idk about other jobs, but QE certainly will.
The only positions I would take involve either lab work or material science, and to my chagrin I only have a bachelor's in engineering when most material science positions want at least a master's.
Keep your job and hobbies separate and avoid too much overtime and you should be fine
Yes...at least a little bit
Sounds like engineering destroyed your passion for tinkering
Getting the job only increased my interest in what I do. I now have an endless supply of interesting problems to solve, and I'm paid well to do it.
Why cant it just be a way to make money so you can tinker in your garage? Maybe buy old washing machines online and fix them up or something idk
of course not.
but my job was specifically for designing electronic circuits.
i suppose if i got steered into some side field, like application engineer i would have gotten bored.
My job is in robotics (more R&D focused) and I love it. Hasn't taken my passion away at all, in fact I think I often learn new things through work which I then end up wanting to explore in personal projects. I think it just depends on the job then. Some jobs might have you being a paper pusher which can be life draining, but it also depends on a good work environment with a good team and culture. If the culture is good, even if the work is challenging, you'll never feel like you dread coming into work.