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  1. Do something that comes easily for you.  If you have to struggle, you're doing something you are not meant for.

  2. Exactly what I believe. There are no guarantees for anyone. No one is guaranteed success, no one is even guaranteed an opportunity, anything can happen. Hard work without the talent or ability is also no guarantee of success. It comes down to a numbers game, if there are too many graduates chasing too few positions then someone is going to be left out. It really is not that important that every graduating engineer has a suitable position or a long career because they can always do something else even when they get older. I'll continue to do part time contract work and get a government pension with the knowledge that I have had a lot more free time than most engineers will ever have before age 65 and that has its own value to me. Someone should be jealous of that.
  3. I see that the days of just a Bachelor's degree leading to a good career even in an engineering field are on the way out. Keep seeing Master's degree preferred or required for many positions. But I have been following this for only 40 years so may be wrong. My father had a good career in sales with just a Bachelor's degree in Economics (1949) but today that would get him a sales associate position in a department store chain. Things have changed over the decades and not for the better.
  4. All the money on the Browns at the start of the season is going down the toilet with the "browns". You have to allow for the sophomore jinx on QB Baker Mayfield after a good first year. Defenses know his habits and tendencies now and can counter what he does. No surprise there.
  5. It should be noted that the vast majority of careers after university are not available to those with a mere Bachelors degree. One must have a higher degree for most. For example, having a Bachelors in Economics will not get you a position as an Economist anywhere. Similarly a Bachelors in Psychology will not allow you to be a Psychologist. You must have a PhD! Same thing in Physics, a Bachelors will get you some type of job, but nothing related to being a Physicist. A Masters or higher is required. Many high school graduates do not understand this and believe a university Bachelors degree means the start of a great career. Better get near-perfect grades and have the time and resources to go to Graduate School in the field you choose or the four years spent obtaining a Bachelors degree is better spent going to a technical college or trade school.
  6. Appears New England is on the way to another Super Bowl after dismantling the Steelers and having the best receiver in the league join their roster. They will probably pick up Melvin Gordon in free agency next year and will also somehow be able to draft the next can't-miss QB after this season. You can count on the Pats being in every Super Bowl and winning most of them through 2029 in the noncompetitive NFL. No one else stands a chance.
  7. Going bald but will not shave my head yet. All scars would be visible then. Facial hair would trap oil and cause acne and I don't need that. So clean shaven face with thinning hair (covered by a ballcap) is how I roll.
  8. I have had a recurring raccoon problem for years. They shit on the roof, get inside the chimney despite a chimney cap weighed down by five bricks, tear up shingles around vents, etc. How do I get rid of them permanently? I am no longer interested in just killing them, I now want to inflict maximum pain. I plan on spending time on the roof with an axe and ambushing the next one I see. By the way they have no trees to use in getting on the roof, they are climbing the bricks and the downspouts. To me raccoons are like giant rats and should be driven to extermination.😠
  9. These people are too dumb for words. If they have that much money to throw around for this purpose, better to give their kid a loan to start up a business of their own. There are better ways to get football tickets at student rates than doing jackass stuff like this. BOSTON — A married couple and a California businessman are the latest parents to plead guilty in the sweeping college admissions scam. Gregory and Marcia Abbott and Peter Jan Sartorio entered their pleas Wednesday in Boston federal court. They are among 14 parents who have agreed to admit to allegations in the case. The Abbotts, who have homes in New York City and Aspen, Colorado, were charged with paying $125,000 to have someone cheat on their daughter's entrance exams. Gregory Abbot is the founder of a food and beverage packaging company. Sartorio was charged with paying $15,000 to have someone correct his daughter's answers on the ACT. The Menlo Park, California, man founded an organic frozen food company. Nineteen other parents are fighting the charges. They include actress Lori Loughlin (LAWK'-lin) and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli.
  10. Yes, some metallurgical departments were converted to "Materials Science & Engineering" but many universities chose not to. For example the University of Notre Dame once had a Metallurgical Engineering department but they dumped it and do not have Materials Science & Engineering. Also, the metallurgical part of materials science is a very small part of the overall curriculum. It's fair to say no one is going into Materials Science & Engineering so they can be a metallurgist. My guess is that Materials Science & Engineering will have a relatively short shelf life as students find that positions are not plentiful and most will require a Masters degree. Universities will close down those departments when undergraduate enrollment falls below certain limits and it is no longer useful to the university to run them.
  11. All I know is that I did the best I could with what I had and if things didn't work out, tough. As for changing engineering careers, I tried that at age 25 and attempted to go from metallurgical to microwave electronics and it turned out to be a disaster. I dropped out before I could be fired. Some people can do that if they have good mentoring and advising, but if you are left on your own most of the time it is extremely difficult or impossible. The word "engineer" is used rather loosely anyway. Would you like to see a chemical engineer doing designs of bridges and other structural work who hasn't been guided and mentored along that path, just allowed to "educate himself?" There are liability issues involved. Engineers should not be performing work for which they have had no training. Yes I can say my overall career was disappointing but I will have spent 70% of it as an engineer and only 30% as a non-engineer, including 5 years total of unemployment. You know how many people pity me because I now work as a Subcontract Cargo Inspector instead of an engineer? Zero. Even my wife knows what a crappy major I did and where it is currently (discontinued at almost all universities) so she is happy I am doing something productive. Taking photos of cargo, filling in pre-printed forms and putting bolt seals on container loads is not a difficult task. I will still be able to do this past 65. At least it's something to get me out of the house on a daily basis and meeting many interesting people.
  12. The domes of an Orthodox Christian church across the street from the train station in Odessa, Ukraine. Taken March 30, 2019.
  13. It's no one's "fault" as you put it. It is just the way circumstances presented themselves. It wasn't a good program or degree, that's why it has been discontinued in so many universities. The best years for it were the 1970s and prior. Whose fault is that? Probably no one in particular. Not every engineering program is perfect and flawless, there are some that become quickly obsolete and their graduates are left to fend for themselves. Universities don't want to spend time assisting graduates who have fallen on hard times, they want to serve current students. Life goes on with or without a useful degree.
  14. Not a dump truck driver although I am qualified for that license. Semi-retired and a Subcontractor Cargo Inspector for goods being shipped to African countries and a few other places (Indonesia, Iraq). An excellent way to ease into retirement or continue to work past retirement age. Still maintain my Professional Engineer license but don't make any use of that. Have not worked as an engineer since 2014. My work week averages 14-16 hours per week. My degree has been rendered obsolete and is only offered in a handful of universities in the U.S. I call it my "great vaunted engineering degree" as it went out like a candle in a tornado.
  15. Nothing wrong with being in an engineering field as long as it it not becoming derelict and obsolete. My objection is with people who glorify it as something magnificent when in reality it's just a living, not a life. Driving a dump truck is a living too and those who choose that path deserve just as much "status" as an engineer.
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