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In Topic: The Off Topic Thread Part iki

Yesterday, 12:59 PM

Sure, having an English class is great and all, but the mere existence of English 101 is mind blowing. I had to take an English course, but the course itself had to be related to my major. So I took Technical Writing to buff up my engineering report skills. Now I help marketing with the explanations of technical subjects in print media. Profit.

In Topic: The Off Topic Thread Part iki

07 October 2014 - 01:43 PM

My roommate has a psych degree. He knows exactly what he wants to do (guidance counselor) but didn't really consider the cost of getting his masters when he made his plan. So what he is trying to do is get a job at a school as a sports coach (ultimate frisbee) as he saves up for that schooling with the hope of being able to stay at that school once he graduates.

Frankly, it is still a financially "bad" decision. A lot of people don't run any sort of economic analysis on their career choice. Though they usually wouldn't have a clue how to do it even after college depending on the degree. It astounds me how much is lacking in high school educations. I was really lucky in the classes I was able to take that included things like this.

For example, as an engineer I am able to start work immediately after graduating. My degree is one of the lowest average starting pays of all the engineers (environmental doesn't typically work in industry). I lucked out and landed a job as a chemical engineer which has the highest average starting pay just due to circumstance and the similarity between the degrees (environmental is a combination of civil and chemical). Though I didn't expect that. I personally didn't have to pay for college. I am lucky in that regard, but I still treated it as my money when looking at the investment (because that is what college really is). I am able to live the life I am accustomed to, put away the maximum tax deferred retirement funds, and save up for a down payment on a house. Though right now that house saving is slower than I would like. I wouldn't be able to do that with that degree, but had I gone to work right after college (5 years head start) I would actually be ahead of where I am.

But, as an engineer I am able to advance my pay by getting a masters and it is really common for companies to assist with that. My current one has a 100% reimbursement policy. I can work full time and get my masters of a period of 2 years without paying a dime and have that result in a 15% pay raise. Once I hit 4 years of engineering experience under a licensed engineer I can take the PE exam (Bar exam for engineers but way harder) and get a rubber stamp that lets me legally be considered an expert for another pay bump. That and I like what I do.

My roommate has to for over his masters tuition himself. It would be hard to convince a company to assist with that specific masters program and he can't even start working in that field until he has it. Doctors are currently in a similar boat. The massive expense up front makes becoming a doctor a financially poor decision currently. Doctors in the know will recommend people to become a physicians assistant in a fraction of the time for a fraction of the cost with a similar salary.

It is just silly how much higher education costs. Engineers in the US effectively have an apprenticeship we have to go through after we go through college though that is because practical experience is so important in our field. The issue is a lot of professions can't really do apprenticeships. You can't learn psychology as an intern for example.

In Topic: The Off Topic Thread Part iki

30 September 2014 - 01:26 PM

Is it in the book? It's on there. Was it covered in last year or the year before that's lectures? It's on there. Did the professor mention something to a single student during office hours? It's on there. Will you use it more than occasionally once you graduate? 50/50 chance there.

In Topic: Gaile Gray returns to the community team

25 September 2014 - 01:26 PM

[quote name='Azure Skye' timestamp='1411612799' post='2340237']
It seems Regina is doing something else, i just added a snippet of info.

Source: [url="http://reginabuenaobra.net/2014/09/new-role-arenanet-content-marketing/"]http://reginabuenaob...tent-marketing/[/url]

She isn't actually doing anything else. She was always in charge of the social media stuff and was the more hidden member of the community team. She really already had the position in all but name, they are just moving the social media out into it's own little hut.

Now the timing is interesting. It could be that a restructuring of the CR team was planned and a reason that Martin was annoyed. Or it could be that Regina is so much more well versed in the social media aspect than Gaile that it just makes sense to split it now. Then again, the new position is still under community so it could just be a subsection of the team under Gaile instead of a separate entity. Community Marketing would be this weird middle ground between two separate teams so it isn't really obvious how it goes.

In Topic: The Off Topic Thread Part iki

22 September 2014 - 12:57 PM

View PostKattar, on 21 September 2014 - 02:15 AM, said:

So you're not one of those people that runs out to the car to turn it on and run the heater then run back in the house so it's ready when you leave?


What about remote starting? (No I don't have that.)