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From: Chuck Simmons
Organization: You jest.
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Subject: Re: Electrical Engineering degree --> tech career
Date: Fri, 27 Sep 2002 13:01:45 GMT
NNTP-Posting-Date: Fri, 27 Sep 2002 06:01:45 PDT
"N. Thornton" wrote:
> damnisux@_nospam-yahoo.com (Damn) wrote in message news:<firstname.lastname@example.org>...
> > My nephew just graduated with an Electrical Engineering degree and has
> > not been able to find a good job. One of those no experience deals.
> > Also I saw his grades and they weren't that great. I was wondering if
> > he was to look for maybe an electronics technician job, would or
> > should he go and take classes specializing in like a technician
> > associates degree? I was thinking hopefully it would get him some
> > handson experience and maybe lead to work in an electronics lab/test
> > environment. Thoughts?
> Mmmm. Its not just grades and work experience people hire on, I would
> always ask rejectors politely why the rejection: then you will soon
> know what to address.
> If he graduated as an EE then he most likely does have the potential
> to work as an EE, but there is some obstacle in the way. Opting to be
> a technician I dont expect would resolve that, and would make it more
> than hard to ever be employed as an EE in future. I would locate and
> attack the problem myself.
> Practice building things might not be amiss too, may improve the CV by
> showing practical ability and interest. BTW every EE in work today was
> hired when they had no work experience. So I dont think thats it.
> Regards, NT
It is worth noting also that with the economy such as it is, jobs, even
for experienced engineers, can be problematic. The group I am in
desperately needs some senior analog designers and we can't hire anyone.
Another point, I started really as a technician and never got a degree
in engineering (I have other interests). As a matter of fact, my best
friend of more than 40 years does not have a degree at all. He has been
a lead engineer then an engineering manager and the like for 30 years.
In the last 10 years, he has been a CTO of a company and is now the
engineering VP of one. I helped him get his first job as an electronic
technician 35 years ago. Being a technician is not necessarily a bad
... The times have been,
That, when the brains were out,
the man would die. ... Macbeth
Chuck Simmons email@example.com
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