If one doesn’t like one’s job, one should find a way to leave. 4. Chemical Engineer here, 7+ years of experience. Can’t you try to get a job here in the US with an undergrad degree? Engineers are the ants, always working and doing the stuff, at least 10 hours daily. Wow, SpaceX sounds like a great place to work. Most people don’t really care how fast a computer runs these days. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy being a chemist but I do feel a bit jaded about not getting the chance to do an engineering job. I finally have my own blog but it’s about the environment! Hopefully, it will continue for a long time. I’ve experienced this over and over. The company expected the senior engineers to contribute a lot more. I would be creative for no money as long as my kids get their minimum life standard. I can totally relate to getting out of engineering. They’re taking over. Joe has done a great job of explaining why he left the engineering field, but it should not be overlooked or taken for granted that he enacted a plan to make that a reality. You will discover that salary does in fact plateau and your value does not go up and up as you get older and more experienced. Plus, future generations may face a world where creativity is rewarded more than logic. It only took one additional year and I stood out from all the other new grads with just a BS degree. However, don’t you think it would be prudent to find another job before quitting, especially in this very difficult, ultra-competitive job market? * The long hours that companies expect the employees to work, and the expectation that the employees must be available 24/7. RB40, I am a young engineer working in the semiconductor industry. That can be hard for some people, though. And right now, the owner of a liquor store nearby, who was once an engineer for Raytheon, told me that of his entire cohort, only one was in tech after the age of 55. Can you downsize your home or perhaps find some other way to cut expenses? MBAs rule the private sector, engineers are merely headcount for them, not assets. I’m no slacker (my boss even said so) but I was starting to get fried from all the stress and pressure (every single day was approx 10 hours (lunch not included) since I started there). It sounds like you are doing pretty well in your leadership role. Why is the guy who engineers the solutions making less money than the mechanic he is instructing??!! Very interesting to read. Products. I feel like I’ve been putting out fires rather than really taking all my engineering knowledge, putting it together, refining it, and growing. I suspect only a few people can become a successful entrepreneur in tech. But I am breathing.there are a lot of sociopathic people working in engineering. Its for fun only so please do not go offensive in here! The real burnout was due to the slow disintegration of benefits, constant layoffs, forced vacations, zero raises, and in one year they actually docked the entire company’s salary 5%…. A consistent thread seems to be that engineering should be abandoned as a career field. However, dreams change and often do so with major life events (e.g. If it’s not something you enjoy, then maybe it’s time to look for other alternatives. After about 3 or so years I had already lost interest in everything…I used to read up on the latest computer/tech news and now I honestly just don’t care about engineering or tech or any of it. Let me explain. Everything is run by some financial officer. I had 2 sabbaticals with Intel as well. I can definitely respect RB40’s decision to move on. I’m much more ambivalent about performance increases. Since you still have a working spouse, and it doesn’t seem like you guys could get by without her income, despite working on other income streams, I don’t see how this can be in any way called retirement. Feel free to email me or comment more here. It’s silly. Thanks for reading and any comment would be greatly appreciated. Lots of senior engineers will be laid off around the same time and everyone will be looking for a job. lol. Once they started asking me to travel to China, I quit again in 2010. And like RetireBy40 is saying, I probably would’ve spent all my money trying to make myself happier. I hope your husband can figure something out. Engineers make good income right from the beginning of their careers. SICK’s sensors are perfectly suited to industrial applications and requirements. In short, if anyone offered me $10 million to go work as an engineer (or any other corporate job) for one year, I wouldn’t consider it even for a nanosecond. Anyway, I tried to learn more about computers at every opportunity. I am planning to continue growing my rentals but I want a new challenge in life. Also, I promised my wife that we would settle down some day and stay in one place for longer than four years. My parents still disapprove but hey it’s from my pocket. Or for that matter, accountant or management or leadership world. I already am a qualified Java SE6 professional programmer by Oracle,so PHP is not that hard for me(at the moment),and study to obtain the mysql5 associate certification. This is my 6th year in the undergraduate program because I failed many classes in my 3rd-4th years in college. You see, a nurse or a PA gets paid to see patients. I graduated from computer science master’s program, with 3.9 GPA, but landed a mediocre engineering job, and I cannot even like my career. That’s the problem with engineering. After a while I started doubting my interest in Engineering and decided to take some management classes to see if it even made sense. As someone who also left a similar industry, with a similar layoff pattern I can totally sympathize. I also don’t think it is right to let your career take away everything else in your life. I honestly never imagined, even two years ago, that I would have fallen out of love with technology, but I have — the company I work for now doesn’t do “bleeding edge” technology, although that is what the people that are hired for(including myself) projects know and are comfortable with. Good luck! I still like to believe people can always transition their skill sets too but its not for everyone and those that love technicality will eventually feel intellectually suppressed. Sign up for a free account at CrowdStreet to check out their projects. I just never really thought of anything much to do after figured out which discipline of civil engineering I wanted to pursue in. Dittos on what makeupgirl says. Engineering should have a big dose of creativity, which is something which is inherently chaotic and unmanageable. Volker Sick. There are so many things I’ve wanted to do but felt I couldn’t. He works for a small company, though. Btw. Joining Intel as senior engineer, these requirements hit immediately, where I desperately tried to meet unreal expectations as newbie employee, in tasks I felt neither able nor willing to engage. I concur with this. See more. 1. Turns out that career had nothing to do with me playing in my garage or hiking/hunting the Midwest. 1.5 years is a long gap in the resume. I will be starting school at 21. Tissue engineering evolved from the field of biomaterials development and refers to the practice of combining scaffolds, cells, and biologically active molecules into functional tissues. Thank you for your reply. Intel is also one of the best companies to work for. New Process Gear (GM/Chrysler transmissions) is 100% gone. You already paid for the class. My mom told me not to become an engineer, and so I didn’t. I don’t feel appreciated at work and frankly I am kind of sick having to do repetitive debug work. I can’t imagine still working 40 years from now! I am happy with my job and the Company. Its a twisted world today. Once you get through them, then you can focus on other classes you have more aptitude for. Though I know we were not ready for it, we needed to make a decision. The company I work acquired the branch I work with 7 years ago, and isn’t happy that the engineers under this branch work from home and would much rather have us in their stuffy office under micro management. and would it pay off in a long run? I work for a pretty good company, the work is enjoyable, and my boss is awesome. You can be an engineer for 10-15 years and evaluate your position again. Now even these core areas are starting to go oversea. I didn’t know better at the time, I don’t know a lot of young adults that do. Typically I will stick around through my second year without a pay increase, then update the resume, take a 15-20% increase with the new employer and then give my goodbyes. I’m a Structural Engineer , have been doing this for 13 years and I have the same feelings but the biggest downside in my opinion is the poor social life. (one of the reason’s I became an engineer) I always saw myself being an engineer who could work with a team of other individuals to accomplish a goal and develop a novel product from the ground up. At the same time, I feel like I’ve become that person that they always wanted me to be because that’s what I had been doing for my entire life. A real moron, who’s only goal was to work there for a year so he could collect his $200,000 retainer. Seems like burnout was inevitable. All of the sudden that $90K job is a pile of crap! Locally, several energy (utility) companies have been hiring entry level engineers with my range of experience. Why management, in my area of work I never see or have seen managers travel more than 10% of the time on a 5 day basis. .I ask because I’m in high school and I’m tied between being a software engineer or a Dr. in Physical therapy using my programming for apps and websites for my clinic.. Go figure! I hope you can share prob some of the regrets or internal struggle you may have to deal with since you retire; besides a drop in income. You can invest in apartments, self-storage, strip malls, office buildings, medical offices, and more. ”. Why did I make such a drastic change? I think this applies as a general rule in terms of progressing the corporate ladder – it’s becomes more about building relationships and rapport and less about the technical aspects. For many students, earning a degree in engineering is less than enjoyable and far from what they expected. lol. My parents also had to spend sh*t load of money for my education, and I believe they even loaned money from the bank. In any “metric-driven’ company like ours they lead to the Controller. The stuff I hate most about my job is the non technical stuff. I am a structural engineer and generally enjoy it but the pay is not commensurate with the responsibility and liability. Right now, due to the pharmacist glut, ~20% can’t get jobs after graduation.