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From: Keith R. Williams
Subject: Re: what is so great about design job?
Date: Sun, 3 Nov 2002 12:21:35 -0500
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In article , email@example.com says...
> 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
Sure. Schedules can be a bitch, particularly when they;re made up
by the PHBs with no reality check.
Who isn't bored at times? Who hasn't done things that aren't
fun? I've been on some very exciting projects and some that
pretty much suck. Gotta do something and design engineering is
better than most.
> 2)teamwork can be stressful (big egoes, someone to blame when things go
> wrong, hard to get noticed..)
You're working in the wrong place then. In the group I'm in
there is surprisingly little in the ego/blame department. Then
again, it is easy to get noticed. ...normally for the wrong
> 3)Slim chance for excellent salaries if you are not a top 3% candidate-
Define "excellent salary".
> to make it to management you probably need a PhD;
Nah! They don't promote PhD's into management. The promote the
lousy engineers. Good engineers make lousy managers and by
promoting the lousy engineer they may still get a lousy manager,
but at least they don't lose a good engineer. ;o)
> Also I wonder if marketing or sales jobs generally pay better?
Yuck! Just the thought of that makes me feel dirty. ;-)
> 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
Whatever floats your boat. I'd not be looking for anything too
specific now. Get a job and learn. Then decide what you want to
do after you have some experience. When the economy picks up
there will be plenty of jobs available again. You can then
decide to move to something you enjoy more.
> Any comments especially from the design veterans who could point the traits
> an engineer needs to be good in design, highly appreciated
Traits? Well, curiosity is one that I've found to be a defining
trait of a good designer. Love of the work is another. I've been
known to do 70-80hrs/week when no one asked me to.
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