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A funny thing happens when you try and hire someone you know: they usually tell you more about their life than a potential employee would ever tell an employer. In the midst of talking to an¬†acquaintance¬†and trying to convince him to come work with me, we got talking about location. He did not currently live in the same city as me. He also divulged that he was considering a different job further away, just about as far away from where he lived as he could get (without leaving the country). We began discussing the merits of moving for a job and he stated it quite simply: For the right job, he would move just about anywhere. I, of course, immediately began probing him on worst case scenarios. What about completely barren areas or moving to a place that had very few resources (grocery, gasoline, etc)? What about if the weather…

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I love building things. I love working with my hands, I like using power tools, I like the physical making of STUFF. (Or the tearing apart of stuff, which is a lot of fun but perhaps less productive….) And by choosing to major in mechanical engineering, I thought I was giving myself the best shot I could to find a career where I can build stuff. And now I am looking around at what my friends from undergraduate university are doing, and none of them are building things. And if I look at what my friends from graduate school are doing, none of them are building things either. Part of this has to do with what you WANT to do. Of course if your interests lie more on the modeling/simulation side of mechanical engineering, or if you are more interested in leadership roles, or in management, or in design rather…

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Friday was my last day at my job. I had put in my two week notice on the 21st of November. This was a choice that was a long time in the making; I decided to change jobs in order to get more design work than I currently had (my recently-departed job was partially a support role in manufacturing). So when I had the opportunity to work on some brand new products and learn a lot about a new industry, I jumped at the chance. And yes, I also had a net positive change in my salary, but this was not the primary motivator. I thought I’d do an article this week about leaving an engineering job and then try and do an article next week about starting an engineering job. If your math skills are keen, you’ll notice that I also took the opportunity to have a week off…

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