Join Date: Jun 2010
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Okay, so I know this isn't an engineering forum, but this is the off topic area and I am thankful for y'all telling me this stuff, but now I have a few more questions.
1) PMP certification. Noticed that you are required to document a few years of project mgmt. Betting that at some jobs they might state that you can't head up a project w/out the PMP. Of course, you can't get the PMP w/out heading up a project. Has anyone found this to be true? Would a MBA be as valueable as the PMP, or I assume a good way to get into project mgmt?
2) EIT & PE. Noticed that some of you didn't do this. Was life too busy or were you doing well and didn't really need it? Noticed the grace period is 4 years (some states is less) and then you get certified by that state. Has anyone found it difficult to get certified in another state or is that process pretty easy?
3) Has anyone received their Masters or Doctorates? I'm thinking that the Doctorates is more for research and teaching, while the Masters and Bachelors is more for working in the field. Is that correct? Also, let's say you go for your Masters right after your Bachelors as a full time student (not working). Will the time you spend in school count toward the grace period required for the PE or do you have to be actively working?
4) College. I am not concerned with the prestige of specific colleges but I am with the education that I will receive and retain. That being said, I know that just having the name of a specific college will get you in the door, being that you look good on paper. Though among fellow engineers (not outsiders), is a degree from Caltech, UT, or anywhere else still regarded in the same respect? (Unless someone in on a high-horse.)
5) Some stated that the prestige and salary isn't what it used to be. Is the outlook that bad? Also mentioned that you might do something else...so what would you have in mind that is different?
No worries about maintenance. After spending so many years working on and maintaing things I've had my share of, "What the &$%)(#$%& was the person thinking?" That is where follow ups, customer service reviews, general knowledge of what you are doing, peer reviews, etc. come in handy. There is also a big difference between theory and real world application. Field experience is very worthwhile!
Enthusiasm, integrity, and passion. I like determination...I might not be the fastest, smartest, or anything else for that matter, but just like passion, if you're determined, you will do it. For some reason this made me think of a quote: "The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed." --Martina Navratilova
Noticed that it is a long hard road. Be looking at a solid 4-5 years for the degree and that is going full time. Sadly, I still have to work for the next two years to save up enough money to go to college full time. I'm currently going to college part time which helps. Oh well, feel like I have one good last push in me to pursue a different career being that I'm 30 now. Anyone noticed themselves getting pushed out because of their age/income to let younger people in?
Alright, time to go to work. --Bill
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