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ok guys, im at a crossroad in life, and yes it involves cars!! (sorta)

so i just finished one semester of university , in Engineering.. i have 2 finals left to write, and im questioning my life right about now..

i am considering dropping out for a while, getting my life in order, than figuring what to do from there, probably a different type of University.. possibly get into drafting. not sure

so question is, what kind of education do you all have, and what kind of jobs did it lead you too. What kind of money are you all making, mostly directed to people who have done significant work on cars, and if thats where all their money is goin into..

Also , life suggestions will be taken into consideration now, if anyone has a good life solution for me, id love to hear it
 

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Im at the same place as you, literally. I've decided I dont like Mechanical Engineering, and am switching to mechanical engineering technology. I'm taking a semester off first, to clear my head and make some money because I'm so sick of classes that if I don't I likely wont finish the semester or come back.
 

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i just finished stupid a$$ training at LTI, and i have no job, im a certified EST level 5...but i deliver pizzas two times a day, for two different places, and i funded a system that costs about 1900 so i have no advice for you, except do what you want.
 

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heh, I started school in 97 in an Info Tech program at a decent school ... classes moved too slowly, didn't like the material, got bored, started working fulltime in the field ... got bored with the field, and now, 8 years later, I'm finally wrapping up an associate's in IT at that same school, just to get my GPA up enough to transfer to Cornell for anthropology ... get your shit together and do what you like doing, don't do what your parents push you towards (necessarily) or anything you do "just for the money" ... believe me, it can lead to a horrible, boring rut in life.
 

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I graduated and joined the Air Force, I havent left for boot camp yet but I scored a 78 out of 99 on my ASVAB which is decent. I wasnt guaranteed a job like some people but I can pick any Mechanical Job I want for except Applied Geophysics which sounds like it would suck anyways. Military may not be the greastest way to go but a hell of a lot better then most people would think. You dont get crap when you first join, but you dont pay rent, utilitys or anything like that if you live on base so you save money and retirement is awesome if you retire at a good rank.
 

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I didn't want to do the school thing but I made myself do it and got a degree in Electronics Engineering Technology in Applied Science. Ended up landing a job at Advance Micro Devices (AMD) while in school and still here after school. It's pretty cool seeing all the new toys comming out months before every one else sees them.
 

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I graduated, Joined the active Army, took some diesel sysytems classes, got married, got out of the active service, worked as a bar tender then as a contrat technician overseas for the Army, then came back to the states, worked as a Natl Guard technician, then moved to Ar and worked at a Kenworth truck shop, now a technician for the Natl guard here on missile systems...not bad overall, make good money for the area I live in...well enough to support my wife who is a full time student...all this and I'm now 33..not sure what is next...but also I have mnaged to get things done on my cars adn buy a house
 

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Started school at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) as an EE (Electronics Engineering) major. Wasn't what I wanted, so I switched to EET (Electronics Engineering Tech), that was great. Ran out of money after 3 years (fooking tuition increases of 25% over 3 years).

Moved back home, got a job at Wal-Mart, Then Taco Bell, and started school at the local 2-year UW in the area so I could keep getting my student loans deferred. Got raped by some pencil-jockey at the loan company, ended up involuntarily defaulting on a loan. (that really sucks). Got a job at Electronic Theater Controls building light dimming systems for theaters and soundstages, etc.. worked there for a couple years, got a job as a computer consultant for the next few years, now I'm full time as an in-house computer tech for a fairly large newspaper organization in Wisconsin. Been here for just over 3 years.

If I had it to do again, I'd have found some way to get that fourth year at MSOE, and got my EET degree. I was actually recruited by AMD at the beginning of my 3rd year at MSOE, they wanted me when I was done, but since I never finished that degree, I never went there. I probably could've been working with Denis if I had.. lol!

I make a decent amount of money for the area (over 20 bucks an hour) but am kind of underpaid from the standpoint of the national average..

Much of my money goes to getting my loans paid off, I'm finally almost done with them, just a few thousand to go. When that's done, I want a house, and a job with better benefits and/or employee loyalty. I do spend a fair chunk of my cash on my car, mostly tires and fuel and going to races, but I've got enough to live farily comfortably right now. It'll probably get tight when I buy a house, though.

Whatever you do, don't take a break from school, you'l probably end up not going back. at a minimum, be sure to get your AS degree, but I highly recommend staying for your BS. Because everyone knows that it's all about the BS you put on your resume that gets you jobs, it's not about your real-world skills, knowledge, or abilities.

--sarge
 

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Finishing up a Computer Science degree next may. Well actually I am done with it now but need a few more credits to complete my IT minor. I am working at US Steel and hopefully can continue with that after graduation. I think 70% of my checks go into my car!

I recommend staying in school and finishing your degree now, I have a lot of friends that "took a break" and they never went back, smoke weed all day, work minimum wage or close jobs and really don't have too bright of a future. There were only a couple of us who stayed in school and right now I think we are the best off. This isn't always the case, but I think you will be glad you have a degree later. They are getting more and more critical when it comes to getting decent jobs.
 

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andrewbadera said:
heh, I started school in 97 in an Info Tech program at a decent school ... classes moved too slowly, didn't like the material, got bored, started working fulltime in the field ... got bored with the field, and now, 8 years later, I'm finally wrapping up an associate's in IT at that same school, just to get my GPA up enough to transfer to Cornell for anthropology ... get your **** together and do what you like doing, don't do what your parents push you towards (necessarily) or anything you do "just for the money" ... believe me, it can lead to a horrible, boring rut in life.
^^^^

I go to the same school he goes to. RIT, as you all well know.
I'm only a first year student, and I'm not really bored of the material yet. Sometimes I wish I had chosen CS or SE instead of Info Tech (like Andrew), but I'm still not sure what I want to do in the field and IT lets you do anything. And no, I haven't met Andrew yet. The conditions are that he must let me drive his Eclipse. <3
 

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SgtRauksauff said:
When that's done, I want a house, and a job with better benefits and/or employee loyalty.
--sarge
WRT employee loyalty......

Hard to come by these days. Don't go corporate if that's imporant to you. It's really all about the bottom line, esp when you find out what the top guys take as salaries and bennies while people are getting laid off. It's getting worse for us, not better.

Small companies are much better in that respect, but usually with fewer bennies and a bigger chance of going under or being bought out.

BTDT
 

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Unless you're very miserable or have no idea what area of study you want to persue.. stay in. You should only switch schools if you've found a program you truely desire.

I went for 1 year to a Liberal Arts University in my hometown, studying Computer Science.. then I transferred to Embry-Riddle for Computer Engineering. I got bored/unhappy/lazy and dropped out.

It's been 3 years since then and I just now got back from my first final exam since. The thing is.. now that I am working 40hrs/week, I'm having a much harder time scheduling in school. Right now I can only take 1 or 2 classes at a time unless I quit work and live off of lowly loans.

I regret not sticking with it from the start and just getting a degree. I'm pretty much making the best money I can right now, and it's all based on experience.. if I had a degree, I'd have an instant raise that would make paying my bills 10 times easier.. and I'd be eligible for 10 times as many jobs as I am now.. 90% of them paying more than I can get now.

If you're unsure of what you want to do, stay in school as long as you've got the opportunity. The payoff will be there when you get out. Once you get a degree, going back to school to get another one in something you're truely passionate about is a cakewalk.
 

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If you don't like your program, switch. There's nothing worse than doing something for the rest of your life that you don't enjoy.

Somebody else said it (Sarge I think) - if you leave school now to take some time off, the odds are stacked against you returning.

I went through for engineering and have no regrets. It was tough at the time, especially with my extracurricular commitments. I debated quitting at times and pretty much forced the issue with my marks in 2nd year. I also went the MBA route. I'm glad I didn't quit. Things worked out well, fortunately. Engineering certainly won't make you rich, but you'll at least be comfortable. That being said - I'm not wholeheartedly endorsing engineering. It may not be for you.

I spend approximately 0.3% of my annual salary on my vehicle (I did the math). It shows too.

Here are some wise words - Keep your eye on the prize.

At least knuckle down and get through your last two exams. You'll be better off having choices (ie if you pass these tests) than not having them (if you quit right now). You'll be fine.
 

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Beaverboy said:
Once you get a degree, going back to school to get another one in something you're truely passionate about is a cakewalk.
lolololololol completely unlikely to happen. perhaps a related masters, but not a totally unrelated degree. you get out of college, you start paying back your school loans, you find someplace nicer but higher rent, you get your first, or bigger, car loans, other bills ... you get married, you have kids ... you don't run back to school for another bachelor's in that which truly interests you.
 

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i took comp science for a year didnt really like it and i sucked at it so i had to drop out
i'm now taking bachelor of design which is mainly industrial design not completely sure yet cuz universities and car companies arent the biggest help on finding info on what to take to design cars!
 

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Hmmm... finally an interesting post I can relate to... I know this is a car forum, and don't get me wrong, I love my car... but this is different...

I'm 26 years old, I'm from Montreal and plan on staying here... I finished a bachelor's degree in Psychology in may 2003. I don't know how it is for you guys, but over here, you need to have a Masters or a Doctor's degree to do anything in the field of psychology... I wanted to be an Industrial and Organizational Psychologist... my grades were very good, but just half way between slightly above average and exceptionnal... the problem here is that people in Industrial psych make so much money that they are not interested in teaching it (universities here don't pay like your's would..)... si the fact of the matter is I could not continue school no matter how hard I tried because the places were so very limited, I would have had to be in the top 5 people in my province to get in... so I didn't.

I had to make a tough decision last year... keep on trying to get in and do what I've always dreamed of doing, or give up and look elsewhere to earn a living... it was hard, but I made a decision to get on with my life... I was a part time salesperson in electronics stores (like radio shack and stuff...) for many years, and decided to use that experience to get into corporate sales. I now work for a Company called PC Mall, we sell computer products for big business... it's fun, but not a dream job... the pay is only half decent for a career job, but I could afford to buy a haouse with my girlfriend who is a nurse and works nights and who I only get to see a few hours a day in the evening...

I learned life is hard and it sucks and it never turns out the way you wanted it to... and then you make bad decisions, like trying to put a GTX engine in an escort LX... and it doesn't always work the first time, and you make mistakes and have to try and fix them and waste a lot of money making those mistakes... the timing belt blew on my LX two years ago, and I decided to go GTX, but not knowing what I was getting into at the time I started the project... I just got the car running about two months ago, but it runs all messed up, and I spent over 7000$ CDN so far... not worth it, looking back... but there's no going back now...

So the only good thing I have going now is this wonderfull girlfriend I met on the internet... I got lucky, she's pretty and nice and all...

NOW, enough of my whyning (although it sure feels good once in a while!!).... my suggestions to you... ask yourself... REALLY ask yourself... why did you get into enginnerring to start with?? and I know the school stuff is boring... but school is not waht you'll be doing for the rest of your life... and every school program is boring... to different extents... if you really don't wanna do this kinda work, and if you really don't have that much interest for it, then yes change programs... and the quicker you do this, the less waisted time and energy... but talk to engineers who do what you were aiming to do... see how they like it now that they are out of school... and think hard about what else you would like to do, and talk to those people as well... really get a feel of what comes after the studies...

as for your car, it's just a car... it's fun, it's cool, but ask yourself if there aren't better things you could build with your money that could last a lifetime instead of 150,000 miles...

a lot to think about... ;)
 

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this might not be a great idea but ive heard tons of storys of people joined the military just for the training really then getting out and then someone will hire you on the outside and you get paid pretty damn good. Some guy took computer school or something in the marines then got out and got hired somehwre in cali getting like 80,000. or you could just join get college payed for then get out and theyll hire you as civilian and you still paid very well
 
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