I have a job offer as an engineer, though it's in a place I'd not want to live in and isn't what I'd want to be doing - looking for advice.

I have a job offer as an engineer, though it's in a place I'd not want to live in and isn't what I'd want to be doing - looking for advice.


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I would say take the job cause it's always hard to find your first job. If you still don't like it you can always quit and job hope to the job you are more passionate about. At least you have some experience under your belt as a Engineer. You can always quit 3-5 years after your first job if you still don't like it. Cause employers like to see experience. You can also work on personal projects at that job to boost your resume if that does something.


A great thing about job offers is that you don’t have to take them. There are lots of jobs out there. That being said, I don’t imagine any job is perfect so if this one seems enjoyable or will get you to where you want to go, then it might be good. Finally it’s always easier to get a job when you have one. So you could always take it and keep looking. And when you are asked why you are leaving so soon simply say you want to be more focused on design work not manufacturing. (Which anyone that’s been in manufacturing will understand). And if there is a bigger city nearby you can always commute.


Hard to be picky at the early stages but location is so important to me personally now. Did year long internship in a location I didn’t like and made me want to leave. *Might* help you be more flexible later down the line though if it’s good experience.


If it'll support your resume to get the job you want later then I'd say do it for one to two years


I'm trying to come up with an opinion but it's hard because I feel I'd need more info. \- Are you a recent graduate and you have been searching for a job post-graduation the past 4 months ? What's your major ? Do you have a masters ? I'd assume most design positions requires one or prefers you have one. \- Do you have prior job/interships experiences ? \- Does your financial situation allows you to wait for a design job ? If you can afford it, nothing stops you from taking that job and keep searching for something else afterwards. The moment you have any kind of experience, design or not, is usually a big boost into finding other jobs, even if it's not directly related. However, moving cities to a rural area to a job you do not like, it's far from ideal. The fact that you are telling me you didn't receive any interviews in 4 months is worrisome though. Maybe your resume isn't properly set up. Did anyone verify it? If your resume is good, assuming you are looking for an entry-job in design, it might mean there aren't many jobs looking for junior engineers in design positions. Maybe taking that job offer will open up some doors, but I'm a civil engineer in Canada, I don't know how that move would exactly translate for you.


I'm a 2021 MechE bachelor's grad with a co-op and some projects on my resume. I think the reason why I'm not getting anywhere is because a lot of jobs I'm applying to want a few years of experience in professional design for entry level jobs and are pretty strict about it, that and my GPA isn't bad but isn't stellar (3.06/4.00). My resume went through a couple of redesigns over the last months and I think the my first one or two month's resumes weren't very good.


I see, if they want a few years of experience, which I figure is 2-5 years experience, those aren't entry level jobs. Looks like they are looking for intermediate engineers. I think part of the issue as well is that you didn't specialize yourself in anything particular. Most of the graduates have a similar profile as you (I figure most have a co-op already), but your GPA is definitely above average and you have side projects. Do you have a LinkedIn? Do you have any contacts that might give you a referral? I suggest you try to send messages directly to recruiters or even team leaders/directors on LinkedIn. You simply tell them that you are a recent graduate strongly interested in X field, you describe yourself a bit and your past experience, and that you would like to extend your resume to be considered if they are interested in your profile. Is a masters necessary or recommended in the field you are trying to get into? Typically, its required for design jobs.


The most important factor in whether or not a job is enjoyable is: **YOUR MANAGER/BOSS** It's a job. You're probably gonna get disillusioned. But if you work with people who understand you have a life to live outside of your work, I think that there are many things that can be interesting once you feel confident and accepted by your peers :)


Take it for the experience and resume boost. Start applying for other jobs after about 6 months. If they are worried about why you are leaving you can easily come up with something. Just tell them you hate the location and culture. I took a job in the middle of the desert and moved across the country because it was best for me at the time. 8 months later and I have 4+ job offers back on the east coast and at a 20% salary increase. People will tell you to stay longer than you need to because employers worry about short stints on resumes. Fuck em.


Don’t take it


Take it. Think about it later. You'll be getting paid and gaining experience. Any experience and pay is better than no experience and pay while you wait the few weeks / months for the perfect gig.


Take it, try it, if you hate it, you hop to another job.


Use it as resume filler, you can't expect to get experience where you want all the time unfortunately. Short term pain long term gain etc. Start working and if you like the work stick it out and apply elsewhere as your experience comes up.


Don't do it. Mostly for the fact that it's not doing something you want to be doing. If you take on positions you're not interested in, you start becoming locked into those positions. If you were offered something in an field you were interested in but in a location which wasn't ideal, I'd say take it, and just move later.


I did something similar and took the job (needed the income as I had a wife and child to support). I ended up getting fired as it just wasn’t a good fit. That being said, I learned a lot and was able to go back to the company I interned for once a spot opened up. No job lasts forever, and if you need the money, take it. Don’t put down roots, and in 6 months you can look for another position elsewhere. Just my 2 cents, good luck!!


Is there a suburban/urban area within 30-45 min that you could live in and commute to the plant from? I took similar job that was a good salary but in the middle of nowhere. I live in a 250k population town but commute 30 minutes to the 2500 population plant town for work.