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post #136 of 175
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**** man .. as an Economics grad .. I wish I had done Engineering in undergrad.

Engineering undergrad, then gone to do my MA in Economics (or MBA). At least where I am (Canadian Energy capital) .. this is a recipe for straight up world domination. A few guys I know with Engineering/MBA work in commodities trading .. others is business development. There are so many Engineers here, that most job's that require any sort of analytic ability would consider hiring them.

The world needs more engineers and less people in finance. It's absurd that such a sizable portion of GDP is basically a bunch of guys pushing paper from one side of the desk to the other. That's not a good thing.

This said by someone who works in finance.
post #137 of 175

Worked at Nordstrom all through college and loved it, didn't pursue it because the "family" didn't think it was an appropriate career. Graduated with a Business Law degree, started working in direct marketing for insurance, Finace and healthcare companies... Always have wanted to get back into retail at a corporate level wither as a buyer or marketing side

post #138 of 175

Wished I had done Finance or Econs while choosing my degree.

 

Working in the engineering industry is not as glamorous as you guys would imagine. The compensation package is not as good as one thinks and the work is very administrative.

 

Perhaps could have gotten a bigger pay package if I had taken the route to Finance?

 

Oh well... then again, most of the people who took Engineering with me didn't end up as engineers.

post #139 of 175

I wish I was working on K-Street in Washington DC in some role relating to policy analysis or using statistics to analyze electoral data, etc. Basically, I want to do what I do now (statistics) but instead of marketing data I want to work with policy/political/economic data.

 

 

A close second would be working as statistician, data scientist, quantitative analyst at the International Monetary Fund.

post #140 of 175
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Originally Posted by P755 View Post

Wished I had done Finance or Econs while choosing my degree.

Working in the engineering industry is not as glamorous as you guys would imagine. The compensation package is not as good as one thinks and the work is very administrative.

Perhaps could have gotten a bigger pay package if I had taken the route to Finance?

Oh well... then again, most of the people who took Engineering with me didn't end up as engineers.

Finance is not glorious either. There is nothing glorious about staring at spreadsheets and decks for 100 hours a week.

My point is that engineering fulfills a very useful role in society. While Finance does too, its current incarnation does not.
post #141 of 175
I am fine with what I studied, but my biggest regret is not working to my potential in high school. I could have gone to a much better college and ultimately a better gig. Granted, I am still working and doing things to make up for it, I just wish I had drive when I was younger.
post #142 of 175
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I am fine with what I studied, but my biggest regret is not working to my potential in high school. I could have gone to a much better college and ultimately a better gig. Granted, I am still working and doing things to make up for it, I just wish I had drive when I was younger.

100% agree. Also, my first two years in college I dicked around. Once I applied myself, I got great grades.

What kills me is that once I buckled down, it didn't really require that much more time--maybe an additional 15% time commitment for a 50% increase in grades. I wish I had figured that out in high school....
post #143 of 175
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Finance is not glorious either. There is nothing glorious about staring at spreadsheets and decks for 100 hours a week.

My point is that engineering fulfills a very useful role in society. While Finance does too, its current incarnation does not.

 

That I have to agree, it all boils down to what is actually more useful to the society at that period of time.

 

And as Engineers, we do also require to stare at spreadsheets and drawings alot of the time, makes not much a difference from Finance I guess?

 

I guess the main point is that finance can rake in much more money then engineering in the same given amount of time, so its more efficienct? Perhaps I might be wrong?

post #144 of 175
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Originally Posted by aravenel View Post

100% agree. Also, my first two years in college I dicked around. Once I applied myself, I got great grades.

What kills me is that once I buckled down, it didn't really require that much more time--maybe an additional 15% time commitment for a 50% increase in grades. I wish I had figured that out in high school....
What's really funny .. is that 15% time commitment, is often "what you're supposed to do". Go to class, do the assignments, study a bit for the exams, and it's really easy to get B's or better. Don't go to class, don't do the work, and C's or worse are pretty much guaranteed.

I got a cousin just staring University .. he asked for advice .. all I said was "start with going to class. Once you are in a routine of going to every class, then I'll give you the next piece."
post #145 of 175
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Originally Posted by imschatz View Post

What's really funny .. is that 15% time commitment, is often "what you're supposed to do". Go to class, do the assignments, study a bit for the exams, and it's really easy to get B's or better. Don't go to class, don't do the work, and C's or worse are pretty much guaranteed.

I got a cousin just staring University .. he asked for advice .. all I said was "start with going to class. Once you are in a routine of going to every class, then I'll give you the next piece."

Definitely. All I had to do was get in the habit of doing the minimum, and instant B. Spend a little bit extra, and A.

What really kills me is that I was going to class and such, I was just dicking around and not paying attention. So I was still sinking in the time, but not getting the grades for it. Once I figured it out, it was straight As (and a few A-s smile.gif ) for the rest of my college career.
post #146 of 175
Obviously finance is a broad industry, but you're generally working a lot of hours for that fat paycheck as well.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but engineering hours should be, on average, much lower than high finance hours.
post #147 of 175

Worked hard to be an NFL player. A tailback to be exact. Or mobile QB.

 

That or a music producer.

post #148 of 175

Thought about being a firefighter since it's the closet I can get to being a superhero. 

post #149 of 175
Supervillain.
post #150 of 175
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Originally Posted by GreenFrog View Post

Obviously finance is a broad industry, but you're generally working a lot of hours for that fat paycheck as well.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but engineering hours should be, on average, much lower than high finance hours.

 

Well, it depends on the job. I worked 55 hrs a week on average, I suppose, as an engineer. Many people just clocked in their 40 unless something came up, in which case you were clearly expected to get whatever it was done.

 

I'm doing 60 now with work and class, tack in my commute and I'm up to 80, week in week out for four years now, which sucketh.

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Originally Posted by P755 View Post

 

Working in the engineering industry is not as glamorous as you guys would imagine. The compensation package is not as good as one thinks and the work is very administrative.

 

Oh well... then again, most of the people who took Engineering with me didn't end up as engineers.

 

In the States at least, Engineering is not glamorous at ALL. You get basically no respect for being an engineer -- its not sexy. Though that turned around a little when the big crash came, as we still had our jobs and were making decent money. But Engineering is like any other job -- there are a whole spectrum of available roles, from being an utter drone to doing really creative work. Its really nichey; I had a great niche in creative eng on the materials science side, but wanted to leverage that experience into patent law. Will let you know how that works out.

 

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