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Where are you heading?

Post by Fossaman » Tue Apr 06, 2010 1:04 am

A continuation from the old forums. Thread found here. Basically, what's going on with you? What are your dreams, plans, and goals?

So, first day of Spring Quarter at the community college was today. I'm thinking I can probably do this. My shoulders got a bit sore from lugging around a backpack, which was unfortunate. But I think if I make a point of spending as little time with it on as possible I should be okay. There is one nasty walk from one class to another that's on the opposite side of campus, but it's not a very big campus. Besides, it's a touch typing class, and A: I already know how to touch type, and B: The instructor said she didn't care if we showed up as long as the work got done. So I can probably cut that walk out of the daily grind pretty easily.

Anyway, things are looking up. Dual high school/college credit means that if I can stick with this, I'll end up at most a couple of years behind the curve for finishing my education. Now I just have to decide if I still want to go into engineering, or if there are things that interest me more these days.

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Re: Where are you heading?

Post by Lukipela » Thu Apr 08, 2010 5:09 pm

Ooh, I like this thread. It's a good way to get to know your fellow forumites for those who want to participate. Part of what makes the SCDB such a warm fuzzy place in between all the attitude :)

Anyway, I'm an emigrant. I've now lived in Sweden for about half a year. I'm a process design engineer for a technical consultant company from Finland. When the economy came crashing down I dodged layoffs by volunteering for this job. Since I have the required background and speak the language fluently I managed to get a transfer and pay raise while my colleagues got laid off. Weirdly enough I still feel a bit guilty about that. Anyway, my girlfriend and wife-to-be still lives in Finland most of the time, so I spend a lot of time on Skype. I do long days (10 hours is long in socialist Scandinavia) and go home about once a month for an extended weekend. She visits here in between for a week or so.

Looking forward to next autumn, when the light of my life will have her thesis completely done and move here. Also might have a new and interesting thing at work coming up which will hopefully be quite cool.

Fossa, what kind of engineering are you heading towards? And how's the art business?

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Re: Where are you heading?

Post by Fossaman » Thu Apr 08, 2010 10:07 pm

Fossa, what kind of engineering are you heading towards?
I really haven't decided what kind of engineering I'm interested in. Initially I was thinking civil engineering, bridges and roads and things, or maybe structural engineering. Now, though, I just don't know, because all of it looks so dang cool. If I do go into engineering, it might end up being a matter of scoping out the long term job prospects, and seeing which fields need people the most.
And how's the art business?
Glacial. I haven't really put as much effort into advertising as I should have. On the other hand, doing my Fractal Flame of the Day posts has been surprisingly entertaining. I'm not sure how many people read them or look at them, but it's fun for me. I'm going to hit my 300th post sometime this month.
I managed to get a transfer and pay raise while my colleagues got laid off. Weirdly enough I still feel a bit guilty about that.
It's not that weird. You were probably at least nominally friendly with your colleagues, right? Nobody likes to see bad stuff happen to people they know. Nobody nice, anyway.

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Re: Where are you heading?

Post by Lukipela » Sun May 02, 2010 3:33 pm

Fossaman wrote:I really haven't decided what kind of engineering I'm interested in. Initially I was thinking civil engineering, bridges and roads and things, or maybe structural engineering. Now, though, I just don't know, because all of it looks so dang cool. If I do go into engineering, it might end up being a matter of scoping out the long term job prospects, and seeing which fields need people the most.
Keep in mind that engineering can mean a lot of things, from sitting quietly in front of a computer and calculating to measuring and drawing in the field to meeting customers and arranging organizations. There's a big difference between being a production engineer a mechanical design engineer and an environmental engineer. What is it out actually want to do during a normal day?
kingschosen wrote:Edit: Oh, you also asked what I had been doing. Well, I finished college. I moved back home and began to take care of my terminally ill father. I met my wife. We got married. I moved to Texas to become an English teacher. My wife got pregnant. I moved back home to Louisiana to work as a Registrar for a college. I had a son.
Interesting albeit in the wrong thread. Congratulations on the son, planning on enlarging the family further? As a teacher, are you aiming for more career wise (principal or whatever) or just improving your competence and becoming the best teacher you can? What ages do you teach?

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Re: Where are you heading?

Post by Fossaman » Sun May 02, 2010 8:47 pm

What is it you actually want to do during a normal day?
See, that's what I'm not sure about yet. I don't think I could handle a job that was just office work, but something that was a mix of office and field stuff would probably be a good fit. I could probably tolerate an office job if I got to play with a rapid prototyping machine in the process, though.

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Post by Alvarin » Sun May 02, 2010 9:14 pm

A little insight into my life -
I have an associates degree in electronics from Air Force boarding school. I have finished three years of compulsory service and then 3.5 years by contract in the same place at the Air Force base in guided bombs and missiles division, doing some very interesting work, but as it is still classified I can't elaborate, unfortunately. After that long I became bored and quit, thought I wanted a full engineering degree, but after just one semester in the university I realized it's too boring to study (especially this long since the school) so I discontinued my studies and two month later was hired as electronic technitian in Intel production devision and am still here three and a half years so far.
My work cycle is quite hard, but the job itself is very rewarding and the salary is fine. I work 12.5 hours shift 2 morning shifts , then half day off then 2 night shifts then 3.5 days off, this way my workweek is 8 days long, thus my weekend is not everyone else's weekend, which is hard from family point of view.
I am single and planning to stay this way for a while longer, have a large breed dog.
That's about it.
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Re: Where are you heading?

Post by Bleeding Star » Mon May 03, 2010 9:51 am

I'm still stuck on the eternal postdoc treadmill. Interesting work but no job stability - already looking for another position.
Alvarin wrote: I have finished three years of compulsory service and then 3.5 years by contract in the same place at the Air Force base in guided bombs and missiles division, doing some very interesting work, but as it is still classified I can't elaborate, unfortunately.
I know several people who've been involved in military research, and it seems it can be a problem when getting further employment, seeing as you can't tell anyone what you've been up to. I guess you didn't have that problem though - perhaps it's only an issue in science.
Lukipela wrote:Anyway, I'm an emigrant. I've now lived in Sweden for about half a year. I'm a process design engineer for a technical consultant company from Finland. When the economy came crashing down I dodged layoffs by volunteering for this job. Since I have the required background and speak the language fluently I managed to get a transfer and pay raise while my colleagues got laid off. Weirdly enough I still feel a bit guilty about that. Anyway, my girlfriend and wife-to-be still lives in Finland most of the time, so I spend a lot of time on Skype. I do long days (10 hours is long in socialist Scandinavia) and go home about once a month for an extended weekend. She visits here in between for a week or so.
Are you going to stay in Sweden long term, return to the fatherland, or head elsewhere?

Wife-to-be? Light of my life? Get a room! You're starting to sound like sedodes a year or so ago...
kingschosen wrote:Edit: Oh, you also asked what I had been doing. Well, I finished college. I moved back home and began to take care of my terminally ill father. I met my wife. We got married. I moved to Texas to become an English teacher. My wife got pregnant. I moved back home to Louisiana to work as a Registrar for a college. I had a son.
That's a lot of growing up to do in 6 years. And a lot of learning to spell, apparently.

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Re: Where are you heading?

Post by Lukipela » Mon May 03, 2010 6:24 pm

Fossa: So some office work but not just at an office eh? Well, regardless of discipline, production engineers tend to not spend that much time in their offices. I’m not familiar with the American system, but here production engineers just need some sort of technical engineering degree that is somewhat related to the factory they work at. So a cement factory is perfectly happy with someone who has read chemistry and paper technology and an oil refinery can be satisfied with someone who knows heat technology. But that’s a pretty stressful job, since you’ll be responsible for your part of the factory and there always tends to be more to do than there is money/time/resources in the day.
For research you need to pick something and go really deep, chemistry or electronics or whatnot. Those people live in their offices and labs.
For in between design engineers do a bit of both, but work is project based so it depends a lot more on the economy. In good times people build a lot, so you’ll be running around factories and planning additions. When the economy takes a dive you’ll get laid off.
Civil engineers are pretty safe if they work for the state but the big projects are usually done by private companies who are dependent on the economy.

Alvarin: So one of the things I do in threads like this is play the nosy neighbour, since I find it interesting to find out what all the faceless people on the net really do. Since you work shifts I assume you’re on some sort of production line of some sort? I used to work five-shift (8 hours, 2 mornings, 2 afternoons, 2 nights and then 4 off) at a factory and while it was fun, I’m not sure my body could handle it anymore. Before I started my current job I’d only done shift and bar work, so I totally get the frustration with weekends. Everything always happens during weekends, but if you have a night or morning shift then there’s not much to do about it.
Single life comes pretty easily with odd working hours, but how does your dog manage? He/She must be a bit confused when you’re sometimes gone during the night? Do you see yourself ever returning to school, or changing to something else?

B_S: Dunno really. I dislike the flat organizational structure the Swedes seem to love so dearly and find it very hard to get them moving. On the other hand it’s nice to talk my native language all day long for a change. I suppose it depends on what kind of a job my girlfriend gets, if she gets one. I’d like to eventually return home, especially since my girlfriend teaches languages that are pretty useless outside Finland. But who knows?
As for lovey-dovey text, I humbly apologize. I’d like to submit that the reason behind it is that we’ve been together for 6 years, but this last year has been very different since we’ve been separated so much. I suppose we don’t take one another for granted as much anymore, which tends to make us both slightly sappier than we otherwise are.
So where are you looking for work? Just in Ireland, or all over the place? The green Isle is a nice place, but I suppose a change could be refreshing. Tell you what; if you move to Sweden before 2012 I’ll buy you a beer.

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Re: Where are you heading?

Post by Alvarin » Mon May 03, 2010 10:19 pm

My dog is pretty accustomed to my shift order, though it is hard to enter the flat whith over-joyed 60 kilos dog prancing with happiness to my return.
I do not see myself going to study and though I would, probably, want to change my job in two-three years, I think I will search for similar direction job.
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Post by kingschosen » Mon May 03, 2010 11:30 pm

Ok, since I guess I'm a regular here now, a little about me.

I'm 27 (28 in a few weeks). I was born and raised in South Louisiana. I went to college in Mississippi where I earned my Bachelor's in Journalism. I moved back home, and I started to help out my mom and dad (who is very sick).

I got married in 2007. I moved to Houston to become an English teacher. My wife got pregnant, and we moved back home to Baton Rouge. I had a son last September. I work as a registrar for a college. I plan on making a career out of the education field.

I have a boxer and Maltese.

My son and me:

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My wife:

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King (after he played in the mud):

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