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From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Gibbo)
Date: 03 Nov 2002 21:02:45 GMT
Organization: AOL, http://www.aol.co.uk
Subject: Re: what is so great about design job?
>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
If you're soon to graduate in an electronics field then that implies you have a
logical mind. That being the case then stick with electronics. It's logical.
Don't move into marketing or management. Doing that means you're dealing with
people and people (on the whole) are completely illogical and a logical mind
has a hard time dealing with that.
Tech support is a joke. It's someone sat infront of a list of the 10 most
common queries. If the customer's query isn't on that list then they get no
answer. If it's a conciencious company they will pass the query on to someone
who knows. It won't be a tech supporter.
I run a small company where we (amongst other things) design niche market
equipment for a large marketing company. They tell us what they want, what they
want it to look like, what they want it to do, how well they want it to do it.
Often they go as far as sending us a sample case, drawings of the physical unit
and full techincal spec. We design the electronics and sell it to them. They
did all the really boring hard work. I actually think we've got the easiet part
of the job.
As for salaries..... I don't know. I'm not even interested. I'm happy with
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