Career change advice? I now act as a coach and a mentor to helping those looking to discover their passions and inspiring them to take action on making them a reality. Because they exist to help others. you can build cool shit with engineering, Ive been struggling with this problem myself. Many have told me I'd be an amazing manager; one who sticks up for his employees, floats them in slow times, etc. Add to experience to your life even if you “think” you wouldn’t like it. Let me attempt to answer all of these questions with one sentence. I come to work and I sit in my car dreading to walk in. The thing I've learnt is to decide firstly on what you want. After working a few different jobs, the author was considering a career change. I've definitely been in the "I don't want to be a software engineer anymore" mindset. That's where you're at right now. A few months ago, I decided to pursue an MBA. Bear with me here, I'm not saying I want to spend my life playing video games... Those strategy games had Economics and Management 101 at their heart. I’m in my 20s, I’ve got a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in engineering from a prestigious school. Go work for the county, work 36 hours a week with F/T bennies, and write on your lunch hour. Keep your eyes glued to usajobs for future openings. Ideally, from a resume standpoint, you don’t want to work for somewhere for less than 2 years (and even that’s pushing it), so if you decide to stick it out, learn, learn, and learn. If you can never do that, then at least you have a good job that allows you to pursue your passion part-time. I used to live with the ideology that no place is perfect, but for it to be worth my time, it needs to be only 60 percent likeable. I don’t believe it’s just because I’m a younger engineer and thus lower on the totem pole; I’ve worked with many middle-aged engineers who basically did the same work as me despite their seniority. About five years ago, I also changed jobs thinking my feeling of stagnation was linked to the workplace and not my career. Having engineer parents isn’t as easy as you think. Even though I've only experienced a short stint as an engineer, I feel restless and I think it's time for a change. It gets hard to plan the future – your head is down, working, and you go home to relax. I’ve kept those people who supported me close and tried to avoid the negative people who discouraged me. I realized it would be really easy to procrastinate and make excuses to not move on if I couldn’t figure out where my life was heading. Beyond engineering, I have adhered to this advice in my coaching and speaking career, as well as in life in general. Many of the subjects I studied in school were fascinating, but the actual day-to-day work of engineering is very dull to me. I don't know what I should do right now. I have either personally taken some of these paths (#1,#2, and # 10), or know engineers who have. Perhaps teaching High School students about reading and writing will be rewarding. I, too, have tried various creative pursuits to not so great success. Thanks for sharing your story, and update. Self published, engineering focussed ebooks might be a good way to leverage old skills while polishing new ones. I really feel like I have to get out of this and try something else, because I can’t see myself doing this for the rest of my life. Also because it would give a good paying job and solve all our financial issues. See if the dividends are enough to supplement a small income that you could make when you jump into a different field. But why not look for a job with normal hours? Change is always going to bring uncertainty and with it, insecurity - that’s the consequence of risk, but because of who I was becoming, I was more willing to take that leap into the unknown to find my happiness and become a better a person. I’m going to keep the identifying information to a minimum because I’ve got a lot of friends who browse this site. Since college, I’ve amplified my curiousity and sense of adventure by traveling when I could, joining meetups for activities outside my comfort zone, exploring hobbies like photography, and just being all around social taking the opportunities to chitchat with strangers because you never know where or with whom that next opportunity lies. You need to ask youself - “How do you want to live your life?” Knowing the life you want to live will impact the job you are willing to accept. I tried to stay optimistic, but I found that telling a person to fuck off was more productive than being diplomatic, which didn’t suit me all that well. I mean, why would anyone leave a job that is considered as high-paying and seen with so much prestige? Just because you can write doesn't mean you can "write". Since graduating I’ve worked for two companies, both completely different. Surveys show that meaning is the top thing that millennials want from a job. I don't think I can provide any advice apart from "Keep trying." I see you said you didn't want to go back to school; an MBA would be worse than worthless anyway, unless its from Wharton or Harvard or such. I definitely knew what I would become and how I would feel if I stayed in the same place and occupation for another 10-15 years from now. I feel the degree, although expensive, will help me accomplish my goals if not give me a serious leg up on the competition. “Students think their calling is under a rock, and if they turn over enough rocks, they will find it,” she said. There are engineers today who already want out of the field but fail to make the jump because they are too afraid to be judged. i have same problem i am software engineer I have very good job i can work whatever task provide me. Invest in stocks after thoroughly researching how to do this. I also remain realistic and feel that there is a fine line between failure and success. I guess I have a bit of depression as a result but I really dont know what else to do. The site may not work properly if you don't, If you do not update your browser, we suggest you visit, Press J to jump to the feed. I haven’t submitted anything to be published yet, but I really enjoy it and dream about becoming a published author. You need a direction or a goal to aim at. Although I can't relate to your hobby of writing, when I think about what I like, I can't help but remember the good old days of playing strategy games (RTS, I think?) Don't be like me and have holes in employment you can drive trucks through. By S Sundi | Submitted On May 05, 2010 Why are percentages of women in the mathematical sciences like engineering, physics, chemistry, and computer sciences, much lower than the percentages of men in the same disciplines? To become a civil engineer you need a bachelor’s degree. What other career options do I have with an engineering degree? The objective was to destroy the computer opponent of course but you had to manage your resources and invest in the right upgrades to get a better army. Try an MFA degree? I’m not asking for pity or claiming to be worse off than anyone else, I just feel a lot of discontent and uncertainty about my future and I’m wondering if anyone else has gone through something similar. If you fall on your face that OK, it's just something else that you'll know you don't want to do. I just don’t want to be a software developer anymore ( 22 points by croh 1 hour ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 9 comments help. However, I don't think a move will solve the solution, because it will be the similar engineering principles albeit with new people and a new company address. This should explain why that is a bad idea. Sign up for a practice account and play with it for a bit. Im proud to say that Im civil engineering student and my goals is to become registered engineer in November 2018. Most importantly you won't jump head first into something like an MBA program or law school. The trouble is that a computer science degree these days seems to immediately equate web app whatever. ), around how people can make their dream careers more than just a dream by harnessing the power of momentum. I am going to call it "built and field-tested several projectile delivery systems" when referring to my years of playing Age of Empires 2... You ain't alone. According to Adam Grant, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, people who see their work as a form of giving consistently rank their jobs as more meaningful. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Good luck, sir. Now I dont like this job anymore. • Should I take the first offer I get to ensure I have a job, even though I don’t want to work at that company? I live my life this way not out of necessity, but because I truly believe in it and embrace it. Don’t feel bad about it anymore and just move on. My interests changed as I got older but I still enjoyed what I was studying and got very good grades in college. I am in a similar situation, so I'll tell you what I'm doing and perhaps bring you some relief. I know EXACTLY how you feel. You habe more than enough school/experience to find a sleepy job you're overqualified for. Additionally, I felt very insecure in being successful as a journalist. There are some people who can endure a job they don’t like, or juggle between a mundane job and the things they love in their spare time, but I’m not one of them. I’ve embraced being open-minded and flexible to my choices and am humble enough to accept a wage job - simple and without burden, though I know myself enough that doing a labor job would only satisfy me temporarily. I already manage a few technical staff in a limited capacity, and I love being there for them and helping them out. One of the biggest problems that an engineer can have in his or her entire career is to realize one day that he or she doesn’t want to become an engineer anymore. I also made a promise to myself that if I haven’t figure it out when my time was up, I would still quit. Hey folks, I don’t want to be an engineer anymore, and I need help figuring out how to make a career change. While true, it doesn't mean your problems are any less significant to you. Wish I had that perfect sagely wisdom to give to make it all better. Perspective is important - as you are in your 20s, I gather you have less than 10 years of experience? Open source and radically transparent. I’ve been writing fiction (like, actual original stories, not anime fan-fiction) for about a year, I set aside time to write every single day. such as Age of Empires during my misspent teen years. I’ve fallen completely out of love with engineering. If you want to start a business that is not engineering there are several options. So You Don't Want to Be an Engineer? Civil engineering appeals to engineers who want to work on projects with high visibility in the community. I can live happilly from it.Then I will do whatever thing i like to do. People don't want to see ads and don't want to pay for access. Just like clergy, teachers, and doctors, whose jobs are naturally humanitarian. I was becoming a person I didn’t like. You build up your resources and then spend them on "upgrades" to increase revenue to meet your company's objectives. The goal can change as you go along, but you need something to aim at first! You just missed a USPTO job posting for patent examiners. Civil engineers are responsible for a wide range of structures, and aren’t just limited to buildings. Maybe he or she feels the profession isn’t his or her true calling, and that he or she is bound to do something else. As hard as you work at the junior levels, the guys in senior management reap the rewards of doing a job under budget and make up excuses to keep your pay low, while raising your multiplier. All this "they have it harder" stuff is nonsense. However, I am willing to explore multiple careers to find my happiness. I was feeling like a real jerk with my #firstworldproblem. With a Masters in Engineering, schools would be foolish not to hire you. I don't want to be a software engineer/developer anymore. We, as Engineering students, we must pursue our dreams and don’t give up on what you teally want. I am currently studying for my GMAT and have my exam within the next couple of weeks. I find myself rolling my eyes at all the engineering job postings on Linked In and offers from recruiters. You do not have to change careers if you feel like you keep a meaningless job as an engineer. I chose engineering because I also had interest in science and I was good in math. Thank you very much. I wanted to share my story, in case it’s helpful to others. Our commute is a walk across the house. I went through this three years ago and decided to do this part time while working: Colorado School of Mines MS in Mineral and Energy Economics. Reading this, I have the feeling she quit her career in programming because of the long hours. Nothing about it excites me anymore, and it’s far from being my “passion”, in the college-admissions-essay sense of the word. Not So Fast, Engineering Students Make Calculator Mistakes Once in a While. This idea is in part what drove me to take on a management role. I’d love to pursue this full time, but I feel like it will take a few years to polish my skills to the point I can be published, and even then, it may not be a viable source of income for a long time, assuming I’m even successful. What are you willing to do? • How do I figure out which discipline within civil engineering is right for me? Basically, helping them live a life and career they love where they are in control. There are no good answers to this problem right now and it's going to have to be solved. "Why were you unemployed during this time?" Would you feel the same way 10-15 years from now as an engineer? I’ve learned the hard lesson that security doesn’t guarantee happiness or being likable, in my case. The author of this thread got into engineering because of a love of science and a desire to work for the space program. Not bad eh? reply. i left the big leagues, got a SUPER easy job designing houses and started building a desert race truck from scratch. Based in Melbourne and Manila. I will check on this post every few days and see if you gleaned any useful advice from my story. Perhaps your reason to quit engineering is the lack of fulfillment at work. If that perspective is a very important factor in preventing you from making a major change, then it will affect your momentum in your path to self discovery. I'm tired of it. I think it’s important to know how you want to live your life, and then embrace the attitude to accomplish it. This is the first time I have ever been on this site. The stress and the people I worked for turned me into a very different person - I was becoming cynical, argumentative, and overall, just nasty. I’m going to keep the identifying information to a minimum because I’ve got a lot of friends who browse this site. Learn how your comment data is processed. r/engineering is **NOT** for students to ask for guidance on selecting their major, or for homework / project help. Just find a simple, low stress, reliable job that pays decent cash (some engineering jobs qualify for that. I hope you figure out what you want to do. I'm here to help and maybe together we all can find a better solution than this silent misery. So most people wind up working to pay to do things they enjoy doing. You don’t have to write code if you don’t want to. I strongly believe that job security is never certain - even in the strongest economic times, and have always strived to live my life simply, save, and continually seek to develop new skills and non-engineering experiences to widen my perspective. I read alot of motivational quotes, i watch motivational video in YouTube and it helps me alot. Every other interviewer ask about things like that and I've just given up on coming up with excuses. And you can keep working on your fiction on the side. “ I have fallen completely out of love with engineering. The project, device, system, or product that you are working on once finally done will serve its purpose eventually. Many of these will apply to other types of engineers also. If it helps, I wrote an article just this week for Careershifters (recommend the site if you haven't checked it out already! One thing that drives me is anti-corruption. You should not feel married to your first civil engineering job in any way. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts, Keeping that in mind, I realized that whatever career I choose next doesn’t need to pay as much as I earned as an engineer. I am 25 i reach 0.3 million. What other career options do I have with an engineering degree? What have you done to change your career and take a radically different path? I am married to an engineer who took an altern Your future as an engineer seems boundless in the sense that you don’t see the endpoint to your learning – you just want to get better at your job and reach some sort of summit. Work 3 days a week for a while and see if that doesn't help. I love working with people and trying to help them, but I do not think I would be able to use all my skills from this position. Often I'll work late nights and even weekends trying to make deadlines and it just doesnt seem worth it anymore. Think of some of the most famous structures in the world - the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, the world’s longest cable bridge, or even the Palm Islands, the world’s biggest artificial islands. rvz 2 minutes ago. The world of patents is not guaranteed to be either fun or exciting. Hey folks, I don’t want to be an engineer anymore, and I need help figuring out how to make a career change. First world problems are still problems. A lot of people don’t have that kind of freedom. same feeling toward engineering as you. If you have expertise in engineering and an interest in the science of fire, you may want to consider a career as a pyrotechnic engineer. Maybe float around for a while -- work the sort of jobs that don't even require a college degree. Make a list of what you do like to do. I can do all that and more, and I have the drive to do it. I’m employed in a well-paying job with healthcare, just based on that I’m better off than a lot of people out there. It sounds like you got started early and probably financially are well off. I guess I agree with looking for a less-demanding job where I could focus more of my energy on the things and people I love. I especially thought the patent analyst suggestion was interesting, I'll look into that. So, I chose engineering because in the 90s, engineering jobs were booming. I feel that the longer I wait the worse my situation will be. Also, if you do change majors consider keeping engineering as a minor, I know for me I have only eleven credits left to get my minor after I switched halfway through my sophomore year. Strangly, I felt the opposite sentiment - that I threw away my life. It’s very fulfilling knowing you took part in building something tangible that helps society as a whole. Amy Wrzesniewski, a Yale School of Management professor, made a sensible explanation about this and what to do about it. If you are a creative and strategic thinker who is intrigued by how cities are actually designed, then civil engineering is a career path you might want to investigate. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. My financial situation is not good I start saving my goal is 1 million rs that will suffisient for me. Thinking About Quitting on Your Engineering Job This December? This blog details ten possible career paths in the Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Civil Engineering, and Architectural Engineering communities. Of course, starting a company and making a profit isn't as easy as watching a villager bring back a steak to your town center... Anyways I hope my anecdote triggered some brain storming and maybe some nostalgia for you. This post is about: My journey into engineering management (and back). Should I switch to mechanical engineering? One can never truly find his or her true calling if he or she does not give any job this one thing – a meaning. I am an engineer with just under 4 years of experience and applying to obtain his professional license in 5-6 months. It wasn’t until a few months ago, that I decided it was time to take that leap and quit my job - without another job lined up. Civil Engineers generally require a very broad skill set and this list is in no way exhaustive but these 5 were what I saw to be the most important skills for a Civil Engineer. You might have to tone down your resume to get hired, but maybe working a service job for a while will give you some perspective. 6 min read. As a civil engineer, you get to see your designs come to life, from paper or software to the real deal. I don’t regret being an engineer, but I knew that I would regret it if I stayed as one. When you become a civil engineer you are qualified for a role that will always prove challenging.. You only need to set a mindset and reframe your tasks as opportunities to help others. I know exactly how you feel having gone through it myself. My friend asked, as politely as he could, why work as a security guard Good Will Hunting style? No day is ever the same, it’s a team effort and the pay is good – and there are simply aren’t enough engineers to go around. The jobs I have had systematically killed any desire to do software engineering any more. Civil engineers solve real world problems with the combination of applying mathematics, natural sciences, and common sense. Where I work now is a very small high-tech startup. OP here again, thanks for all the advice. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. You just have to find it or become more conscious about whatever service you are providing. I knew that I needed a change - a big one. When you realize engineering is not for you but you are already an engineer One of the biggest problems that an engineer can have in his or her entire career is to realize one day that he or she doesn’t want to become an engineer anymore. It just takes proper planning with reserve budgets, etc. Engineers are supposed to earn higher salary than everybody else! However, it helped that I quit with a reasonable amount of savings and no familial responsibilties. When I was in college, I was torn between a choice of becoming an engineering or journalism major. 'Writer' does not). structural engineer here. Living in Germany was fantastic, but the new job was more demanding, more stressful, and more dysfunctional than my previous job. Engineering is an above average line of work and thus comes with a hefty pay check. After you go for this degree, the fatter paycheque will help you increase the "play fund" significantly more per month, and before you know it, you feel confident enough to switch over to a bank, working as a financial analyst. If I want to go for a run at 11 am, I don't have to ask permission. So, I moved myself all the way to Germany for a three year contract. I’m in my 20s, I’ve got a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in engineering from a prestigious school. A Young Woman’s Journey in Automotive Engineering, 4 Reasons Why Shrink Film is the Way Forward, 10 Reasons Why Engineers Should Leave the Office On Time, Engineers Who Want A Higher Salary Should Try These 4 Options. When you realize engineering is not for you but you are already an engineer. Thanks for this post though. Which Engineering Major Should You Pursue? The first thing you have to do is 1. The guard apparently had an advanced degree and could have been working in one of the labs. I was drawn to this stuff when I was younger because I loved science and wanted to work for the space program. DEV Community copyright 2016 - 2020. It’s ok if you don’t want to be an engineer. In the case of engineers, you can think, in a bigger picture, about your job as something that helps humankind. In my endeavors, I have met people with various backgrounds that have opened my eyes to careers that I had little knowledge and perspective about, developed new interests and passions, and found inspirations in risk takers who thrived in career changes that are vastly different than what their educational backround was. Mechanical engineer here - sorry to hear about your situation. In 2017, I became an engineering manager at Gusto. In the mean time, you can think of some ways to incorporate what you like to do in your job to stay amused. When I quit my job, my boss said I was throwing away my career. Reddit: I don’t want to be an engineer anymore. Or you could search for jobs as a patent searcher or patent analyst, as many employers want folks with engineering experience for those jobs. I'm considering civil engineering and mechanical engineering. Figure out what it is about Mechanical engineering you don’t want to do anymore. Looks like you're using new Reddit on an old browser. When I left Germany, I knew deep in my heart that it was time for a major change. If you are one of those engineers, know that this is pretty normal. Read up the submission guidelines and their legal stuff and try. When Is the Right Time for Engineers to Quit Their Jobs? I don't like that content in our industry is being monetised... How should a content creator make a living? I am a Engineering graduate in the field of Electronics and telecom. "Bad luck and even worse timing.". And the worst they'll do is send you a form rejection letter, but it at least means they received it and possibly read it. So, is it really unacceptable to take that leap if you “invested so much blood, sweat, and tears in engineering”? I thought the company and corporate environment was the source of my discontent, so I quit that and found a new job. Background, gender and age are no barrier. If the civil engineer can't communicate effectively with the client, an unhappy and dissatisfied relationship will result. That is your service. btw I was Site engineer for 2 years , ( the most painful years in my life , I tried to suicide once ) i don't want to work as Civil engineer anymore , I hate it soo much .. - Forums I realize that this is really #firstworldproblems. Upon a lot of retrospection, I realized I gained an invaluable amount of transferable skills as an engineer, which I can take with me to any job. Hope it works out for you and you find your bliss. I also found that it often interferred with truly enjoying my stay in Europe because I often worked weekends in addition to weekdays. Similar to you, I went through the same feeling of discontent in my career as an engineer, but the realization didn’t come to me until I was well into my thirties. A friend of mine told me about a security guard that he met at the Santa Fe Institute. I guess you can say money is part of the reason why. Instead of having villagers mine gold or stone, chop trees, hunt/gather, in the real world you have investors and cash flow. I feel the masters degree will help me learn more about how these companies work, and find strategies to improve workers lives. I still love coding, but I hate this industry. 2. My granny used to say "if you don't like it, get to like it". Most of the major players take FOREVER to respond, so it's not like it'll impact anything you are currently doing. I speak as a mechanical engineer w/ PhD and three masters degrees, including an MBA. To many, career growth in software engineering = becoming a manager. Civil engineers work to design and implement plans for external constructions such as roads, bridges, railways, buildings, and dams. When I made the decision to quit my job, I gave myself a two year time limit to figure out what my next move was, to reduce my household so that I became more mobile, and to adopt a simpler, minimalist lifestyle. So take those skills and go do something that … The only thing I feel really passionate about is writing. It’s an easy story for me to tell. Then get on with the rest of your life. I understand the that the work is boring and monotonous. cerberusss 0 minutes ago. I'm guessing since you're interested in the tech/startup world, you're thinking, "WTF am I doing hanging out with these dinosaurs?" The rewards are plenty in this line of work.According to Career junction, in 2014, the average salary of a Civil Engineer per month is R35 390. Our windows overlook beautiful woods. I think the work is still interesting, but it's just how the field is. Most people don't have a job they love. I’ve done the juggling act. Doing both would have been demanding. I'm now in a much better place, but it's been the result of doing small things consistently that were positive in moving me towards the vision of where I wanted to be. I'm not strong, so I wonder whether I'll need to work a lot outside or to take care of any heavy things. Einstein was a patent clerk; Hemmingway was a medic. Firework design is a rapidly advancing field which has come a long way from the gunpowder and bamboo creations of the past. There are people who make the same choices, but have different outcomes. Regardless of what it says on your degree - General, ECE, MechE, Bio/MatSci, it’s ok if you take a different path. I never jump fully into something without evaluating all of the other options. Before deciding to pursue a career in civil engineering, I had a change of mind on many occasions my first major was industrial engineering then I decided that I was right for civil engineering. Facebook! None of these options are theoretical. I really hope you enjoy the new content! r/engineering is a forum for engineering professionals to share information, knowledge, experience related to the principles & practices of the numerous engineering disciplines. I’m a person who doesn’t need luxury and I am resourceful in obtaining the things I want on a low budget. My suggestion first minimise ur need think how much money u it and do whatever u like to do. One was a gigantic Fortune 500 company, straight out of Dilbert, complete with endless rows of cubicles. When the weekend is up, you do it again. Now what? Follow me on. Civil Engineering Salary is Not Too Shabby. If you're interested, you can check it out here: | Twitter! Good to know other people have been down this road before and I'm not alone. I feel like it would be very difficult to switch to something else with my educational and work background. Reply. A constructive and inclusive social network. If you don't mind interacting with people maybe you should try your hand at sales? I look at older engineers and ask myself if I want to be like them in 10 or 15 years, and the answer is always, “hell no!” I don’t find the work interesting and don’t see any options or career moves within engineering that would excite me. You could easily do a bit of studying and take the patent bar to become a patent agent. Long explanation here. Use your savings as an engineer to start up a nice stock account. The man responded; "Well, I'm surrounded by smart and interesting people, I have plenty of time to read, and no one hassles me.". While I was doing my engineering, I fell in love with telecommunication. I am currently following that advice, and I see my practice account netting me about 7-8% since Oct 2013. Your email address will not be published. Interesting…I’m a former engineer and also love creative writing. I don't want to do engineering anymore because I believe the pay is not enough for the hardwork. While civil engineering is broad, many of the different disciplines are interrelated, so having knowledge in the different areas has been instrumental to my success as a project manager. Patently-O lists job openings for patent attorneys and patent agents. Read the sidebar BEFORE posting. This leaves many of her students to feel anxious, frustrated, and unsatisfied even by the good jobs and careers that they have. That should make your job as an engineer more significant to you. Hey guys, sorry about the delay. With the way the economy is now you should be glad to be in a good job, New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, More posts from the engineering community. But Wrzesniewski’s research shows that less than 50% of people see their work as a calling. I graduated last December but I've been working as a process engineer for almost three years. Working with numbers and spreadsheets comes so naturally, that it is almost easy. Could go back to school, maybe take some Writing classes. The OP needs to place (2017) in the title. You’ve learned how to think like an engineer, and how to solve problems like an engineer. So many times. They enjoy working as part of a group and often work closely with developers, local jurisdictions, and a team of engineers. work is low stress, pays well, shitloads of free time and the race truck is gonna be badass, i would recommend getting a job that is easy to the point of being brainless, dont let work get to you ever again, and use the money to do something you've always wanted to do. Don’t feel bad about it because that happens. You need to figure out your tolerance level. Maybe he or she feels the profession isn’t his or her true calling, and that he or she is bound to do something else. Got your 13th month pay and want to resign? My problem is that I have no idea how I can make a major career change after I’ve invested so much blood, sweat, and tears in engineering. My husband and I run our firm out of our home office. And keep some form of employment. What you need to do is to keep doing your job and keep writing UNTIL you can support yourself full time doing what you really want. I did it because my mother wanted me to be an engineer. Good way to expose yourself to writing life and learn the skill of writing. That being said, think about it like this: your job is well paying, it enables you to have funds to do what you enjoy doing, which is writing. Required fields are marked *, I accept the Terms and Conditions and the Privacy Policy *. Speaks Spanish, English and Portuguese fluently. It’s not as if I was given the boring work no one else wanted, in my current job and last job I’ve been leading teams and I’ve been in positions of significant responsibility. If you decide you really like the fun and exciting world of patents, you could go to law school. I don't mean "oh wow, my old job was better" -- but maybe you'll be exposed to a wider cross-section of people and get a jolt on what it is that you actually want to do. Civil Engineer, fashion model & GineersNow TV host. I have a BS and MS in engineering, plus many years of experience as a structural engineer. I prefer to be a civil (structural) engineer, but I hear that there are many hardships in the civil field. Don't leave the path you are on just to wander, if you find your right path then by all means ditch engineering and hop on it, until then invest yourself fully in the path you are in. Civil engineering is a discipline which plays a key role in society’s infrastructure. been in it 9 years. Hello my friend. Why? Code of Conduct • Report abuse. Here’s a list of Reasons why you should leave the office on time. Dude, use your situation as leverage to get more vacation time, or unpaid time off. If you want to be a writer, surround yourself with writers and people who will support you. I also interned at a mid-sized firm, and each of these three companies were in completely different industries, so I feel like I’ve seen a representative cross-section of the engineering world. I made that decision based on no perspective on various careers and little exposure to life. You don’t have to become a PM and work on technical products. Civil engineering is the design and maintenance of public works such as roads and bridges, as … Yes, it’s risky, and that kind of risk is not for everyone. With writing, don't be afraid to submit. On the other hand, most students don't really know why they want to be an engineer, let alone what type of engineer. 3. Though, it would be nice, I know it isn’t necessary. There's always the fun and exciting* world of patents! Civil engineering is a rewarding, creative and fun job. Has anyone else ever decided in their early twenties that what they went to school for wasn’t what they wanted to do with their life? I went to the LSE to study economics and then started my career following my colleagues into the financial industry. Many people insist that your job has to be some kind of career-gasm. Period. This means that one can find meaning in any job in any organization. But notice that even the most common occupations in America – retail salesperson, cashier, food server, and office clerk – are not really jobs associated with “meaning.” And yet many people keep these jobs in the long run. I just have no idea how to go about this. Your email address will not be published. I have slowly become tired of my job. However, I also realized that creativity and resourcefulness are at its strongest when you’re back is against the wall. You know the drill... proposal - win job - plan work - do work - summary report - looking for proposal. I’ve had negative reactions and naysayers to my sentiments of quitting my career, but I also had a lot of inspiration that helped motivate me in what I needed to do. One year and many learnings later, I left the role. I’d really like to avoid going back to college, to pursue an MBA for example, because I’m not sure what that would accomplish and it would be a major financial cost. It carries no weight for anything else, despite being able to do far, far more. Thought about teaching?