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Help Fnding and Acquiring a Career Answered

Well, I just turned 18 in March and decided that I should pick what it is that I want for a career. I am fascinated with every building technique that there is whether it is for metal, wood, or electronics (to name a few). I enjoy studying on these skills, and find a great satisfaction when I am building, repairing, or inventing. I want to do all of these things in a career that I will enjoy till the end of my days. The problem is that I am not even sure if there in a name for such a profession, let alone how I would go about acquiring it? If anyone knows anything about the career I am talking about I would greatly appreciate it.

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Well, if you were looking into further education, check out a few colleges and ask about Engineering programs they may have. They may have just the type of course study you would want to get into in order to become an engineer, if that is really the direction you wish to go in.

I have checked into a college degree in engineering, but so far from what I have found those that have the degree are the ones stuck behind the desk. (For me, Intolerable!)

Don't want a desk job? Don't get a desk job! Engineering can be as hands-on, or as theoretical as you like - nobody is going to twist your arm to take a desk job if you'd rather be out in the tool shop making things with your own hands.

Have a look at this fine sampling of engineers:

Some dude called Eric Wilhelm - Ph.D Mech. Eng.
Saul Griffith - Ph.D. Mech. Eng.
Billy Gordon - Electrical Eng. major
statserisk - Electr. Eng. troublemaker-in-training
Tim Anderson - uhm, what the heck is he anyway? ;-)

Definitely not a bunch of desk people...

Yup - sounds like Engineering's the thing for you. You will probably wind up specializing a little more, but there's plenty of time to play around with the various sub-disciplines of engineering. Besides, many engineers become somewhat of a jack-of-all-trades anyway.

the title Engineer can be attached to most things from building bridges and skyscrapers to electrical, to bio-chemical.

Well you have run of the trades, really have a kick around, find something you really enjoy and go for it, think about the money too though, as that may open more things to do that you enjoy...

I think dabbling in a few professions as an apprentice or intern for a while to find a suiting one for you may be an idea, you sound like you have lots of skills but have to use them to avoid being restless within a job.

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westfw

10 years ago

Are you looking for a job, or for a college/major?

> I want to do all of these things in a career that I will enjoy till the end of my days.
First of all, don't sweat it too much. If you pick something now and it doesn't work out so well, you'll have several opportunities to change your mind over time. It's pretty common for people to change careers a couple of times during their live (sometimes drastically, sometimes subtly), and it's even more common for your career to have not-very-much to do with your college major (a good number of cisco Systems' founders had physics degrees, for instance.)

One profession I've seen that seems to match your description pretty closely is some sort of shop/lab tech at a university or other research facility. The kind of person the PhDs come to with problems like "I need to measure the accelerations experienced by food in the digestive tract of a horse." There aren't a lot of such positions, and they're not particularly lucrative or well-respected (the PhDs get all the glory, eh?), but it sure seems like they'd be fun. Some of the time, anyway. I have no idea how one would target your life to such a career...

The other thing is to do some thinking about separating what you want to do as a hobby with what you want as a career. If your career doesn't cover all the things you want to do, you can always have hobbies. You can get very frustrated trying to turn hobby-class abilities and enthusiasms into a career (for example, consider the whole union thing that tends to go with being a professional machinist, or the big gulf between amateur and professional sports.)

I know quite a bit about mechanics, welding, and I would like to file a patent in the future. What I really want though is a job that is diverse in skills, so that I am constantly working on different things and using different skills. I suppose if I made an invention that proved to be very lucrative I could retire, but the thought of retiring from a job I love; never to work again is prospect to depressing to think of.

there's such thing as an "inventor" you could be a mechanic you could work for radioshack (lol, that's where I'm going when I'm 16) be a welder