Originally Posted by therussian
Hey, I'm new to the forum. I've been lurking for a while from time to time and thought this would be a good place to post this.
First let me tell you about myself. I'm a recent grad, went to a great school for mechanical engineering, I got lucky. Discovered alcohol and women - never looked back, started to absolutely hate the actually school part of college. Did not take advantage of anything my school offered me. However, I did graduated in 4 years, did slightly below average, but I am definitely not of below average intelligence. It is disgusting how little effort I put into my studies. Finding a job was extremely difficult, the only thing appealing about me was the school I went to, and when you are competing with everyone else that went to your school, you got nothing. Anyways, I got lucky again, and weaseled my way into a job with one of the big 3 auto companies. Got a pretty crap deal but I had nothing else. Turns out it is a really great job though, especially for a first job, some program management, engineering work, dealing with suppliers and plants - I hit the jackpot in that sense. I am fully responsible for a sub system that is utilizing new technology that the company plans to extend to many of its vehicles.
The reason for this post is I am absolutely terrified that I am not going to get anywhere with my career. What I mean by this is, I work with engineers who have 10-15 years experience and they essentially have the same job I have right now. I do NOT want to be doing this in 10 years. I kinda went through the motions of school, and for my career, I do not want to just sit back and go through the motions again. I have changed a lot, my life has changed a lot in the past few years, but now I am back living with my parents to save up money in my boring home town. I like change, I welcome it, I encourage it, but now I feel like the potential for change has diminished in the near future.
I believe that things may just happen, but to be successful you need to make them happen - something I have not been doing. So, to those of you who got a big break in your careers. What was it and what did you do to make sure it happened? How did you progress from your first job?
I want to be somewhere else in 5-7 years, and the only thing I can think of is getting experience and trying to go back to school for a MBA at a good school. But i feel like that is a very generic/overplayed plan. And if I don't have the right connections, I may just become an overqualified engineer.
good luck to you man, you sound ambitious and you seem to have a good head on your shoulder. much better than others out there who write and ponder about how to get a hand-out and fast track to a jackpot of some sort w the least amt of effort
more commonly everyone gets seasoned in the work field/real life and gets a bit jaded and just basically settle for whatever is decent is out there in terms of money.
but it's always a good start to have the ambition like you from the beginning, as you never know, that you may be the one in a few dozen that actually gets to do something really purposeful while making tons of money.
and to be stuck doing stuff like the typical guy next to you like while it sounds in concept a bad thing (to ambitious young minds fresh into the work place), it actually is not really bad. life is what you make of it. not what others say.
basically, my point is, it is not the mba path or what not that is the generic/overplayed plan. it's the change in attitude and character going through it and coming out of it that washes out your results at the end. i dont care what path you go through, if you have continual ambition and passion for it, you'll come out on top whatever you choose.