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From: email@example.com (John Fields)
Subject: Re: what is so great about design job?
Date: Sun, 03 Nov 2002 15:32:00 GMT
Organization: Austin Instruments, Inc.
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On Sun, 3 Nov 2002 16:38:31 +0100, wrote:
>I am about to graduate soon and I am thinking about a VLSI design job and
>many of my colleagues also want design jobs. Myself I am not sure on that
>since I dont see the field so attractive:
>1)there is lot of pressure -you often run into problems and bugs hard to
>solve while struggling to keep the deadlines; I had a chance to talk to talk
>to a Pro with 15 years of experience he says he is fed up with tough work
>and sometimes bored
>2)teamwork can be stressful (big egoes, someone to blame when things go
>wrong, hard to get noticed..)
>3)Slim chance for excellent salaries if you are not a top 3% candidate- to
>make it to management you probably need a PhD;Also I wonder if marketing or
>sales jobs generally pay better?
>I feel if I get into design I should work on smth that is suitable for
>technical support or sales for example design of electronics for
>instrumentation equipment or Power sources design
>Any comments especially from the design veterans who could point the traits
>an engineer needs to be good in design, highly appreciated
I think you have to be curious, tenacious, and have a desire to make
something come out of nothing.
I don't know about anyone else, but for me design is exciting. I
start with a destination and get to plan the voyage through,
sometimes, uncharted wilderness with danger lurking at every turn.
Can't get to the destination fast enough? I'm dead! The trip cost
too much? I'm dead! Get sidetracked for too long? I'm dead! But
if I plan well and manage to find ways to get around all those
frustrating roadblocks that always rear their ugly little heads when
they're least expected, that puts a grin on _my_ chops every time!!!
Then, every once in a while, you find something ("a more brightly
colored pebble along the way", I think someone else said) you've
never seen before and you get to play with it and, even better
maybe, share it.
A very frenetic, satisfying way of life.
For me, anyway.
Professional circuit designer