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Subject: Re: what is so great about design job?
Date: Mon, 4 Nov 2002 03:52:04 -0000
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> I am about to graduate soon and I am thinking about a VLSI design job and
> many of my colleagues also want design jobs.
VLSI is where the money is. Your aim should be to earn as much as possible
for doing as little as possible. Don't dream about loyalty to a company, the
company is merely a collection of individuals out for themseves and their
families; you owe them what their entiltled to, no more, no less. Hence,
don't think about promotion, instead pursue a strategy that makes you your
own man through contracting. Use your job as a means to make you highly
marketable in say five years time.
>Myself I am not sure on that
> since I dont see the field so attractive:
There is the problem of keeping up with technology also. If your pay doesn't
compensate for the prostitution of your mind - very scary when you think
about it -, then you're a fool. At least become a technician so that you
have enough energy in your free time to do what is worthwhile in itself. How
about impressing your future children and friends by taking up the piano or
> 1)there is lot of pressure -you often run into problems and bugs hard to
> solve while struggling to keep the deadlines;
And you won't get paid extra for it. The "company" thinks nothing of
stealing your free-time.
> 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
Should try contracting, the money will alleviate this problem.
> 2)teamwork can be stressful (big egoes, someone to blame when things go
> wrong, hard to get noticed..)
And your boss able to make-or-break you career.
> 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
> sales jobs generally pay better?
Career prospects for arse-lickers are excellent, in particular those with a
propensity towards discarding those that are no longer needed. People at the
top tend to have few friends and won't promote those more talented, unless
they can be controlled.
> 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
If you want to go into design, go into say PCI, USB. Something that is very
marketable but which means you don't have to work your butt off, day in and
day out. Minimize worthless knowledge in itself, maximize it's useage.
> Any comments especially from the design veterans who could point the
> an engineer needs to be good in design, highly appreciated
Knowledge. Are you prepared to prostitute your mind?
Very rarely, unless you're designing medical equipment or working on the
Large Hadron Collider etc will a job be worthwile in itself. It's a truism
that interest breeds concentration, but concentration also breeds interest.
A job is initially interesting, but after focussed concentration it becomes
interesting and the foolish Design Engineer whittles away their free time
for the sake of perfection. Sad and pathetic.
Lucky B******. Think of yourself as having your wish granted on your
death-bed: To live your life over again.
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