Subject: Re: Electrical Engineering degree --> tech career
Date: Sun, 29 Sep 2002 23:36:19 +0100
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Nico Coesel wrote:
> Over here the 'garden shed dabblers' are near to extinct. Most EE
> graduates get employed at the company where they do their final
> project (more like a 6 month trial period at a near zero salary).
I am in the UK, and while 'garden shed dabblers' are not exactly common,
they are not totally extinct...
I know one 17 year old who has built a Farnsworth fusor in his parents
basement. The thing actually produces a measurable neutron flux (and lots
of X rays)!
It is a way cool project, and he has learned a lot about high vacum,
HV engineering, plasma behaviour, electromag and radiation physics.
last I checked he was playing with using large magnetic fields to
attempt reduce grid losses.
We tried to turn the thing into a design technology project at his school,
but the boring old farts took one look at the 65KV, 200mA power supply, and
the tank of water/borax mix used to shield from the neutrons and told him
that he was not allowed to do it, now what kind of encouragment is that to
give a teenager?
Re: getting hired, it depends on the company, my CV is not exactly routine,
but if you approach the right companies (and this really depends on figuring
out what they want), and look the part for the interview (stake the place
out the day before, and dress slightly better then the average employee)
then you are usaually in with a chance.
Getting a job is a two way process, more often then not if you find a
company that contains like minded people, and if they think you will fit,
then getting hired is not hard. If the above tests fail, then you
probably wouldn't want to work there anyway!
My job? Well at the moment I am helping some friends build a theatre, but
thats mostly because I got bored with software engineering in the automotive
industry, 9-5 does not suit me at all! A pity as the money was MUCH better,
but when you cannot stand the thought of going to work, it is time to move
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