Working as an developer for an ERP company, new boss arrived about 1-2 year aago from an bigger three letter ERP company. And anyway the ass you want to kiss is much better than the ass you have to kiss. And they get that every seven years. So the idea is for the market to be flooded with STEM graduates so that even the star programmers can no longer command a decent salary. I’ll always be grateful for that. But I’ve always wondered how things would have went had I stayed and got a job like everyone else. Just to share in the ‘what is retirement’ conversation, I retired from the military after thirty-three total years, six of which were as a ‘part-time’ soldier at the same time I was a government employee. I’d encourage engineer if he likes it, but I would also tell him to plan for an early exit or mid life career change. You might get lucky. Most people don’t really care how fast a computer runs these days. We had 5 levels of performance rankings w/in each pay level. It’s not worth the money to stay in a job that you hate for the paycheck unless you really need it. Hi, it’s Randy again with more anti-corporate America stuff. I’m 40 right now and can definitely see myself writing code until i’m dead. I’m sure many people agree with you. They literally “rank” the employees from 1 to xxx in each pay level. He has physical issues that have manifested in the last few weeks that are signs that is really bothering him. Also try to find different ways to make extra money on the side if possible. And of course going back to school is always harder than going the first time. Me and my husband has quite successfully have settled in our house and area that we love and would love to raise family. Do you have a good counselor or professor you can talk to? My parents couldn’t afford for me to make any mistakes in choosing careers since they weren’t rich and still had our extended family to support back home, so I picked the safest, highest in demand career I could find. Now that my son is 2, I have noticed I don’t know the latest and greatest applications that are being used in production, learning about security vulnerabilities days after they come out rather than being a first adopter, etc. The CPU is getting more and more complicated and the budget couldn’t keep up. I obligated numerous projects and helped their HSIP thrive. Kudos to you for making it as long as you did! At the end of the article, there are links to the one and two years update. Our son, RB40Jr, is only in 3rd grade, but it looks like he’ll be good with math. I’m only mid 40s so I’m trying to decide on a semi-retirement path that will keep me engaged/active beyond just doing volunteer work. What changed it for me was when I used my experience and education (Masters in business) and formed my own technical services company. I totally understand your situation, I’m in a similar one (less stressful though). Also, if one specializes in areas like mixing radiological solutions for diagnostics, that salary can easily bump up to $70K on 40 hours alone w/o the overtime. Have you transitioned from your last job? One friend was originally in a really REALLY awful job in a certain division here and eventually got out of that and changed to another job internally and his job went from hell to just fine. You need to screen the tenants very well. So we figure his manager figured why not screw him over since he wouldn’t be in his unit the next year anyhow. Over the last 2 years work has dominated my life. So I how some ex engineers feel . Reply. I am 49 and have been an engineer for 20 years now and want to change professions. Thank you for your reply. I am going on 16 years as an individual contributor in the same job. Every time I start at a new job I ask myself: am in for another display of the ugliness of human nature? At at 47, I quit my last job. I probably should have moved to the Bay Area when I was young. The fact that they are putting up the DuPont, WA site for sale helped my decision, and my wife fully supported me. 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. Stressed beyond measure and unable to disconnect when not at the office. This leaves an unsatisfied, unfulfilled worker and a company with less profit-in other words it sucks for everyone involved. Of course I want to earn and save enough money but I want to see my kids grow when I get married and have kids. I’m just about ready to go to Colorado and grow pot for a living, or maybe open up a head shop and sell pipes and bongs. Hopefully, my library will have your books. It depends on the economy, of course. Not sure if you can retire in 5 years. My experience is that smaller companies typically treat employees better, despite lower pay and benefits. You can’t keep working on the things you love. Just take this article to heart when planning your finances. But I think you’re right though, I probably would’ve produced mediocre results at best. You never know how it’s going to turn out. You should leave then, and not waiting for things to go wrong. I got a good GPA (3.4) upon graduation but I seriously hated it. Older Nasa guys always tell the story, that the real fun was during the Gemini times. You can always quit if it didn’t work out. You might as well choose a career that gives you a life that you enjoy. Monghate Engineering, with highly qualified and experienced professionals, provides exceptional service, innovative approaches to design, and timely completion of projects ranging from small, unsophisticated structures to large, complex building programs. Aviation is sinking in general, and the in the engineering there is no ‘middle.’ Everyone is 25+ year career or an intern/entry level. I have been an engineer for 11 years now, have a PE stamp, and am entering this senior engineer role. That clarion call ended circa 2012. You can always go back to work in a corporation if needed. Don’t know where to start… I got my EE and after my first gig at a small defense contractor, I went to work at Compaq Computer (later HP) in ’89. Thanks for your input. I’ve also done numerous circuit designs and know dozens of tool suites and work flows, some of which are now obsolete. Financial independence will give you more choices. I am not trying to be negative – this is simply a survival strategy. I work in a support role with regular 40 hour schedule which makes it easier since I don’t have the 60 hour workweeks and high stress to hit deadlines. I think engineering is still a good field to go into. I’m sure your family would rather live a little simpler and have you around for the long term. I think you’re right about pharmacist. I even learned a little French and German along the way, and the German is very handy now since I get to go to Germany often). This is truly income for dummies. There are issues with every company, but most people deal with it. It is good. I’ve seen people do that and they accept their lot in life then go back to the job they hate and just accept it as life. Thanks again for a peek into the engineering lifestyle. I think most senior people who are strictly individual contributors will eventually get squeeze out though. Turns out that career had nothing to do with me playing in my garage or hiking/hunting the Midwest. 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