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Old 07-07-2007, 11:45 PM
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Read an interesting thread in Sammyboy in delphiforums titled "Engineering: A dead end career in SG". Here are some interesting quotes from that thread:

"Most successful second-career Engineers I know switched line during their 2-3 year of work. Some became Bankers, some went into Sales, some went into IT... The world needs Engineers more than you think. Just not in this little red dot."

"IT ain't much better, most work have been outsourced to vendors... typical IT guy... just dreams of landing a good project management job ... to show that he has arrived, or become an overpaid consultant/architect after getting CISSP/Sun Architect cert. Some lucky ones get a footing in SAP and drift off to become techno functional consultants."

"any industry is bound to face the exact same thing. Lawyers and doctors ... there are some that will not get very far in their career. Consider: some doctors will in the end just be a gp with a touch of contact eczema... Or you end up being a lawyer stuck in a firm in people's park center... Banking only looks good during this bull run. Once the bubble bursts, you'll see many being booted out. Those that cannot make it will find the lack of real technical prowess to be a bugbear."

"well in s'pore is a real dead end job...i myself got out of engineering 3yrs ago to be sales(though its engineering sales) & never once look back...."

"Wait till u deal with Accounting trained professionals..then u will realise Engineering isnt that bad after all.."

"After 7 years in industry, if you don't earn at least $100k p.a., you're not successful in your career. So you must be aggressive in job change"

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Old 10-07-2007, 08:09 PM
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what are you trying to suggest? Career is not just about money. This is a really bad statement:

"After 7 years in industry, if you don't earn at least $100k p.a., you're not successful in your career. So you must be aggressive in job change"

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Old 11-07-2007, 12:12 AM
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Masindi, read carefully. I was merely quoting others in the said discussion forum. Note the quotation marks.

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Old 23-07-2007, 11:54 AM
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$100K p.a. is quite high pay,
if one can achieve in 10-15 years consider as very good.
Most people here work till retire still not exceeding $5K salary.
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Old 27-04-2008, 12:36 AM
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You should spend
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Old 11-05-2008, 10:10 PM
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"Wait till u deal with Accounting trained professionals..then u will realise Engineering isnt that bad after all.."

I am thinking of switching to Accounting from Engineering, is accounting really that bad?
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Old 13-05-2008, 04:32 PM
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I am an engineer by training and stay with an accountant. An accountant must be meticulous and be good in numbers. A difference in 0 makes a lot of difference. As for engineers, we do have factor of safety in the things we design and so it caters for some form of errors such as human errors. Having seen my accountant wife working late when come to month end close, I still prefer to be an engineer.
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Old 06-07-2008, 11:36 PM
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i m also an engineer , but slowly switch to financial sales. may god bless me
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Old 19-09-2009, 09:33 PM
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Iím an engineer, after 10 years Iím making 34K no benefits. Iím happy to be employed at all as there are hundreds of thousands of unemployed American engineers..

Engineering is a dead end for most. The MAJORITY (over 90% in some studies) of engineering graduates are NOT working as engineers!

Offshoring, outsourcing and cheap labor visas have ruined tech careers and American students have better opportunities that require less work and pay much better. Tech jobs tend to be concentrated in high cost of living areas and a 35 year old engineer is over the hill for most jobs (age discrimination is the rule not the exception in engineering)

Go to Rent A Coder: How Software Gets Done -- Home of the worlds' largest number of completed software projects and look how much the electrical engineers make(some of the jobs pay below minimum wage)
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Old 19-09-2009, 09:43 PM
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Hey but engineering guys get the highest starting pay:
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