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  1. I'm there right now with my coworkers.. Sometimes I wish I could make money from my hobbies, but I don't want to hate my hobbies. It definitely does get boring quickly! I didn't mind the repetitive nature before my entire group dissolved. But now, I can't stand it.
  2. It sounds like a lot of people in the 5 to 8 year range had similar issues. I guess it is tyipcal? Does it have anything to do with having more experience but still being in the same position that you were in years earlier? I often think that I'm doing similar work that I did a few years ago without a significant change in workload or responsibility.
  3. Thanks! It's good to know that others have experienced the same. I guess I need to update the resume and get it out there. I do find that it's particular people that annoy me the most, and unfortunately it's those people that I work with daily. Good advice! I have a profile, but I'm pretty bad at updating it. I'll have to do that. Thanks! Ok, yeah, that's how I am. I'm so unbelievably bored at work. I'll have to start getting in touch with old friends/supervisors. Understood. I find there to be a difference between 'going to work' and 'dreading going to work'. The 'dreading' has been added recently, as my entire group has essentially dissolved, and our company has undergone some rather big changes. Agreed, it's time to move on. This is very true. I do enjoy what I do, but the people that I'm surrounded with annoy the shit out of me. Its to the point that I have debates with myself on how best to tell them off. Oh man, I'm the same way, haha. My thoughts on a daily basis, haha.
  4. Hi all, I'm not sure if I'm in a slump, if I'm tired of my company, tired of the specific work I'm doing, or tired of the engineering field in general. I apologize in advance for the long post.. A little backstory: I have a bachelors and a masters in engineering. I originally worked for a government agency. While I liked the work, I found it a bit repetitive, not to mention the work was really not engineering related. It technically qualified as engineering, but it really wasn't engineering. After working there for a few years, I started working for a consulting firm. I've been with the consulting firm longer than I have been at the gov't agency. I do have my PE (recently acquired). In the past few years, I've been increasingly complaining (to my wife, haha) about the work that I do--both about the specific work I'm doing on a day-to-day basis, but also about the field in general. I'm quite good at regulations, so I've been stuck doing regulatory work. While I don't necessarily mind doing this type of work, it's, again, very repetitive. I don't know how many more forms I can fill out before I up and quit (which I don't want to do). I've actually voiced my concerns to both my indirect and direct supervisors, but it fell on deaf ears. (While they are both very nice, long story short, I'm not particularly fond of either.) I've asked for a mentor, but that's not going to happen. I used to have one until that person moved to another firm. In fact, all of my coworkers that were in my group moved to other firms. I find myself daydreaming way too often (for a good portion of the day), and I don't feel like I can put my all into the job at hand. I do my job, but I don't go above and beyond, which I used to do. I honestly don't know what kind of work would make me happy, but I feel like I haven't been given the chance to experience different types of work to give me a feel for what I want. The work I do like seems to be related to research, modeling, or anything that really challenges me... NOT filling out forms or rewriting reports on a daily basis. Another issue I have is that with the amount of experience I have, and the salary requirements I would demand at a new job, I'm afraid I'm a bit too 'specialized' to get a new job, most of which require a broad range of experience and knowledge (at least that's what the job postings say). I fear that being restricted to regulatory work has really put me in a tough spot career wise, which my superiors don't really care about. I'm a bit more expensive than some of the other engineers, so I don't get picked for fieldwork. I've heard often that I'm "too valuable" or my "experience is needed elsewhere". I do think my superiors are afraid of me leaving, as they do want to keep me--there's no one else that does the work that I do (without a considerable learning curve). I'm feeling really stuck, and I don't know what to do. I don't have anyone that I really trust to talk about these issues with, aside from a few friends that feel the same way with their jobs. I have a good amount of work, and people (internal and clients) continue to come to me asking for work to be completed. Despite not 'giving my all', I do still think I provide a good work product. I don't necessarily want to change careers, especially this late in my career and with a PE under my belt, but I'm just tired. I see family and friends around me that literally get paid a fourth of what I do, so I hate complaining about stuff like this considering what I get paid. But at the same time, I would like to at least not dread coming to work. Do others feel the same way? Is this something that's related to the field in general or just my job/company?
  5. Why does it have to be a solid color? Make it a nice wood grain. Oh, yeah.
  6. I did the opposite.. I worked for the gov't for a bit, then decided I needed more consulting experience prior to my PE. After my PE, well, it's only been a few months, but no changing, yet. Did get a slight bump in pay, that works, right?
  7. ENVE

    PA Results?

    Well, I guess PA is slower in some aspects and faster in others. It all works out in the end.
  8. ENVE

    PA Results?

    Apparently the licenses are being sent to print. We should receive them within 10 business days.
  9. For me, I found knowing HOW they asked the problem and WHAT they wanted to be more important than timing myself or even doing practice problems. There were some problems that I labeled 'hard' on the test. When I got around to them, I just had to scratch my head and say, "really? that's all you wanted?". When I studied, I didn't time myself or even take practice tests under 'similar conditions'. What was more important to me was figuring out what they wanted. The best advice I was given was: read the problem and UNDERLINE what they are asking of you. Then, CIRCLE the units they want the answer in. I caught myself, MULTIPLE TIMES, with wrong units or using the wrong equations until I reread the problem to fully understand what they were asking. This happened both during my practice problems AND during the actual exam. Fully understanding the problem helped me tremendously and caught all those silly errors. It's the reason I passed rather than failed.
  10. ENVE

    PA Results?

    They probably all do. Doesn't PA renew in September of odd years? I think you're right.. Yes, mine has the same expiration.
  11. ENVE

    PA Results?

    WOOOO! Thanks for posting!
  12. ENVE

    PA Results?

    Does anyone know how long it typically takes PA to provide the license numbers and official notification? It seemed like PA did it fairly quickly after the release of the October 2014 results (barring the issue they had). I know the state board's website says within 30 days, so I guess I should just be patient, haha.
  13. ENVE

    PA Results?

    Ha, I was already scolded for not putting PE on my title, so I changed it already.
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