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🧵 /scg/ - STEM career general

Anonymous No. 16177031

You're not getting tenure edition

Last thread: >>16159901

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Anonymous No. 16177047

I got a real job. The postdoc hell will end. It's a research job in industry, in a small (but growing) company. Similar general area to what I did for my academic research (semiconductors/spectroscopy), but different materials etc. since industry and academia aren't exactly on the same page.

Time will tell if it's what I thought or if I am what the company thought, but at least I won't have to live with roommates as a 30 year old anymore. Not exactly well paid but whatever.

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Anonymous No. 16177061

>day 136 of unemployment
Getting real tired of this shit.

Anonymous No. 16177095

sucks anon. iktf. stayed sane by brushing up on industry skills—programming, stats, flirting

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Anonymous No. 16177185

I am officially in the Aerospace Engineering Bsc program. What can I expect after I'm done?
>Working on big sexy rockets
>Hypersonic air vehicles
>Designing rocket engines with sexy turbo pumps
>Women dropping their panties after they figure out I'm an AE with a 6 fig salary
>Being a snobby dickhead to mere mechanical engineers

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Anonymous No. 16177187

Am I dumb today or does the blue arrow have a value of zero?

Anonymous No. 16177190

The blue arrow is literally "bioweapons research".
Yes, you are "dumb".

Anonymous No. 16177202

>>Women dropping their panties after they figure out I'm an AE with a 6 fig salary
That's barely enough to keep up with hoeflation. Do better, anon.

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Anonymous No. 16177216

There are over four billion women on the planet, you might want to narrow down your expectations a bit.

Anonymous No. 16177249

>bioweapons research
Bioweapons are retarded, so he's right

Anonymous No. 16177432

Should I get an MBA or an MS?
Be honest.

Anonymous No. 16177505

MBA is an easier path through life but you have to be ok with destroying others.

Anonymous No. 16177552

For anyone wanting to reply

Anonymous No. 16177967

You can expect to get brutally fucked by the market and work for your defense contractor of choice in a soulless grey box for 40 years.

Anonymous No. 16177987

How unfun is working on weapons development?

Anonymous No. 16178022

QC is related to quantum radar systems, which is a hot but classified field. It could cancel out all advances so far in stealth technology, turning the F-35 into a rather expensive flying cow.

Anonymous No. 16178168

>so good they were banned

Anonymous No. 16178176

F in the chat for the 3.05% that are no longer with us

Anonymous No. 16178190

>6 months of unemployment
Getting a degree in Computer Science was a huge mistake

Anonymous No. 16178195

They're permanently permanent research staff. Possibly undead.

Anonymous No. 16178214

>Computer Science
Yikes. 10 years too late.

Anonymous No. 16178388

Unemployed math PhD here. Should I try to get CCNA?

Anonymous No. 16178435

gonna have to give blowjob to your gay boss every morning and he gonna rape your ass anytime he want othervise no carrier

Anonymous No. 16178448

It seems the problem is not the degree but the degree holder.

Anonymous No. 16178455

>hurr durr everyone is hiring it's your fault

Anonymous No. 16178475

Just status quo liberal gaslighting.
There are no institutional or systematic problems (except the doublethink regarding the -isms)
We have developed the perfect political and economic system and reached the end of history. If it isn't working for you it's because you are a genetic failure/incel/loser/it's your fault.

Anonymous No. 16178584

Any field technicians or field engineers here? Any of them willing to offer guidance and help?

Anonymous No. 16178671

>ridiculous, if not absurd and impossible demands from management and clients
>endless paperwork for every little thing
>massively inflated costs for base components and materials
>the social stigma of being a warhead lethality engineer
>knowing that your job isn't to design weapons which kill precisely and effectively, your job is to make the weapons reliable and cheap
>minimum viable product is the only thing which will ship

All-in-all it's not a bad job if you can cope with the moral challenges. Many can't so choose to doublethink and only work on defensive systems or weapon-adjacent but not directly weapons. From an engineering and problem-solving perspective defence has some of the most interesting and limit-testing questions to solve and that's the big attraction for academics.

Anonymous No. 16178674

Which is why he is not stupid, but "dumb", because he's right.
The vaccine is safe and effective and the 2020 US elections was totally legitimate.

Anonymous No. 16178705

I forgot how vomit inducing the engineering world is

Anonymous No. 16179105

I have no moral qualms with designing weapons but I can't go against my principles of designing things to the best of my ability. I guess I'll stick to making my own weapons.

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Anonymous No. 16179229

Got offered a graduate field engineer job with Weatherford. What's the general consensus on this company?

Anonymous No. 16179336

Should I go back to school for a geology degree? I have a comp sci degree, just hate it.

Anonymous No. 16179953

Don't Comp Sci majors have the highest employment rates and salaries compared to most STEM majors?

Anonymous No. 16180134

Physicists and mathematicians going into big finance or management consultancies probably earn a lot more.

Anonymous No. 16180227

I was a field engineer for a while. I didn't make it. Couldn't handle the shift work and got insanely jealous of the office guys.

Anonymous No. 16180297

Anyone got a second msc after their phd? Realistically would it improve my job prospects?

Anonymous No. 16180411

What's the most profitable field I can go into with a bio degree? I was thinking either bioprocess engineering or bioinformatics but I'm not sure.
I'm currently doing a masters and I really don't want to go into a phd program afterwards

Anonymous No. 16180451

The biggest reason for unemployment isn't your credentials. It's obscurity. Getting an MSc will not fix the fact that no one knows who you are.

Anonymous No. 16180476


What area? What do you want to know?

My degree is Mechanical Engineering Technology and pretty much every job I've had is mostly, if not all field work.

Anonymous No. 16180538

Doing a second MSc after your PhD just screams "I fucked up and don't know what I'm doing" to me and probably most employers.

The only exception might be doing one on the side while working or to meet some very specific requirements to be an astronaut or some shit you planned since infancy.

But just doing it to keep treading water reeks of desperation. Even if your degree is truly useless there are jobs where "college degree" is just a box to check.

Anonymous No. 16180593

What will get me a higher salary, MS or MBA.
Literally all I care about is making as much money as possible for as little work as possible.

Anonymous No. 16180778

What if you're trying to flesh out your awareness of different fields for interdisciplinary research? E.g., PhD in ML and MSc in genomics to develop automated gene profiling and pattern analysis.

Anonymous No. 16180812

Depends on how that takes place. If you were doing the MSc "on the side" after the PhD, while doing other work/research as your main thing, then sure. But going straight from PhD back to university for a lower degree full time isn't a normal thing to do.

Normally if you were interested in this kind of interdisciplinary research from the beginning, you would choose your research group/project in a way that allowed this. So you'd go to an ML group with a project related to genomics or vice versa, depending on your own background and the group expertise/collaborators etc. available. This kind of thing happens all the time.

It's not like a PhD in machine learning means "courses in machine learning for 4 years". It means "research projects in machine learning for 4 years", and those projects in the real world can easily be interdisciplinary. There shouldn't be any reason to do a Masters after a PhD, assuming you chose your PhD properly in the first place.

Anonymous No. 16180822

I should add, if you realized after your PhD in ML that you wanted to apply this to genomics, you could also go and do a postdoc in a research group that does this kind of interdisciplinary research. It's usual and in fact healthy to add something new and unfamiliar to your research directions between your PhD and postdoc.

Anonymous No. 16180835

Okay, noted. My main reason for asking is because (although I'm NTA from the first post) I'm trying to work my way through upper education for pay increases while doing research, without taking on debt. I have particular discipline-specific and interdisciplinary topics I'd like to research, but I'm woefully underqualified and too poor to conduct any at this time.

I thought that using tuition assistance programs through different employers to accrue credentials, improve income, and work towards my intended research projects would be best achieved through exploiting lateral and backwards shifts for qualifications. I should probably add that one of these research topics is meant to be conducted solitarily, and involves three weakly related fields (bioinformatics, ML, and QC - yes I'm the anon from >>16177552).

Anonymous No. 16180837

Based on a cursory reading of literature, it seems that'll be relegated to auxiliary and first detection mechanisms.

Anonymous No. 16180864

STEM degrees have become a battlefield and even the hope of a decent job requires good connections and a bit of nepotism or high in skill. Not to mention most companies outsource their work to Asian countries. A competition your doomed to fail were you to follow such a degree.

Anonymous No. 16180871

So this is probably off topic, but hey if there's a better thread for it I can find it in three days after you know what happens.
I'm a layman, I have experience with social sciences but we all know that shit's fake. I have an interest in biology. How might I learn about it aside from college?
No, I'm not looking for marketable experience, just for my own enrichment.

Anonymous No. 16180888

Youtube has tons of college lectures in biology

Anonymous No. 16180896

Why the hell are graduate programs in other countries taught in English?

Anonymous No. 16180902

Undergrad programs in the sciences generally follow some standard set of textbooks. The exact books vary, but the content less so, and usually there's "classics". You can almost certainly find the PDFs online for free, the physical books in any larger library or used books for $cheap. If you look at the syllabus/reading list of a college program you're interested in and self-study the books, you'll probably have a better understanding of the topic than most people who graduated as they generally just read the lecture notes.

Because their students are mainly from outside those countries and/or English is the language in which research in any field is published nowadays.

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Anonymous No. 16180951

What STEM careers are have practical net-positive jobs?

Medical Doctors and their subfields are obvious ones. Who else?

Hard Mode: Find tech/computer science/ElectricalEng/Math jobs that fit this description.

Anonymous No. 16180966

You can doomsay any profession anon.

Guess we should all go into the trades and become serfs with no influence until the gov't passes legislation that imports low-wage non-citizens to outsource that too.

Anonymous No. 16181201

People disagree how/if it will work. China claims it works well, while the US (saddled with the F-35 propaganda) alleges great doubt.
A quantum radar is expected to improve the signal to noise ration, in that the receiver can be certain that a received echo is tied to the emitted one and is not a random event. The US claims this is still too noisy. The real truth, to the extent it even exists, is as classified as it can get.

Anonymous No. 16181234

Job postings for programming jobs have declined by over 50% and are in a free fall. Despite laying off large numbers of employees, Amazon and other tech companies are pushing for a removal of the limit of work visas that can be issued each year. There are people with decades of experience putting in over 1000 applications and getting a less than 1% response rate.
Meanwhile companies are extending their hiring pipelines to have more and more stages, often taking over eight months from the time a job is posted until when the role is filled. Some companies never get anyone through the pipeline, screaming about the lack of suitable candidates while rejecting nearly everyone at various (usually early) stages of their hiring pipeline.
Even knowing someone inside the company no longer works, as many companies now require every application, regardless of quality, to first get past an external recruiter. You could be in the top 1% of your field and have a dozen people in the company who vouch for your work and still get rejected because a twenty-three old recruiter fresh out of college says she doesn't think you're "a good fit".
Acquihire is the only real way of making it now and even with that, about half of those who work for the company being acquired end up being laid off as part of the acquisition.

Anonymous No. 16181283

Ironically, I'm just trying to write science fiction and fantasy, and I figure understanding how biology works is key for biotech.
Thanks, familial, I appreciate you.

Anonymous No. 16181285

>China claims it works well
So do we have a source that doesn't lie more frequently than the US Government (who if they published a notice saying the sky was blue, I would look up to check)?

Anonymous No. 16181360

Yeah but there isn't that many of those and the low salaries of the rest pulls the average down.

Anonymous No. 16181367

>physicists and mathematicians going into finance
There can't be that many positions for that.

Anonymous No. 16181517

It was mentioned in this general>>16181367
a while ago that 20 percent of them go into finance and into management consulting. It was not clear is those were one group or if it was 20 percent in finance and another 20 percent in management.
So yes, those are quite large numbers. A lot of macro economists are Physics graduates.

Anonymous No. 16181526

What a waste of a good brain to study the confidence game known as economics.

Anonymous No. 16181530

'Griggs v Duke Power' made it illegal to give job candidates IQ tests because minorities score lower on them. Businesses have been looking for IQ proxies ever since, which is why they started requiring college degrees. Over time the value of college degrees decayed as activists and the government pushed for everyone to be able to be a college degree because "it's the path to a good career".
As long as physics and math degrees remain difficult enough that only those with a high IQ can earn them, the finance industry will continue to be interested in hiring those graduates. They don't care if they don't have much experience in finance, that can be taught to them, they just need to know they are high IQ.
Eventually all degrees, including math and physics, will be degraded and the finance industry will need to find other ways to identify high IQ individuals without breaking the law.

Anonymous No. 16181588

The big issue is that since resumes can be spammed out, too, they need more ways to filter out candidates. Problem is, they filter out so many.

Anonymous No. 16181603

Perhaps aptitude certificates will be the way of the future: instead of universal field degrees, high-bar niche certifications will proliferate, and when paired with psychological profiling of individuals, they'll be used as a proxy not only for IQ, but skill aptitude as well. It's already becoming big in high-level corporate positions.

Anonymous No. 16181635

>They don't care if they don't have much experience in finance, that can be taught to them, they just need to know they are high IQ.
Same with the management consulting industry (MBB especially) - they take on fresh graduates and train them in-house.

Anonymous No. 16181701

It is all about money. I left academic research since it was too badly paid and I had some serious student loans to pay down. And consultancies pay really well.

Anonymous No. 16181727

And those certification programs will be attacked through lawfare and government demands that they stop being racist for not certifying a proportional amount of minorities. Anything you can come up with, they will target, just like they targeted IQ tests and then college degrees. Even engineering and hard science degrees are being slowly destroyed in the name of equality. Treating symptoms won't help for very long as long as the underlying condition remains and grows.

Anonymous No. 16181755

In the future, they might do offshore DNA analysis based on stealthily obtained samples, like the rim of the glass you were served water in.

Anonymous No. 16181775

Or they'll do what they already do but to a higher degree: Just make it so easy to get fired in like the first year that you'll be out on your ass, white black or brown, with no legal defense if you so much as breathe wrong.

Anonymous No. 16181797

What kind of consulting do you do? How is it? I considered scientific consulting but I'm probably too autismal even for that.

Anonymous No. 16181800

I am a patent attorney, and for various complex reasons I also advice my clients on investments and company structuring. I am also brought in for presenting the IP status for annual board of director meetings, and have also been called in when a client wanted to hire a new CEO.

So first and foremost I am an IP consultant, but by extension I have to make sure that the IP strategy truly supports the business strategy.

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Anonymous No. 16181806

Made it into civil engineering, boys. Never did a calculation again when I got actual responsibilities. Still get to berate people who actually make calculations though.

Anonymous No. 16181847

Civil seems fun, especially traffic. Maybe it's my networking autism going haywire. Haha car go brrr

Anonymous No. 16181901

I work in newbuild offshore projects. The projects in execution are amazing, but the bigger the project the more boring paperwork you have to do upfront. Also the more paperwork you have to do, the less creative freedom you have to design something interesting and innovative.

It makes sense though, the bigger the project, the bigger the risks. And the bigger the risks, the less improvisation is allowed.

Anonymous No. 16182030

Sort of in a dead end position at this point as an engineering major. Was thinking of trying to find a more tangible engineering job, but I have an opportunity to move up to a manager role. Thought it'd be a great thing for my resume to at least give a shot, and it'd be a 20% bump in my pay at a bare minimum (I was gonna gun for 25% potentially).

Should I take it? Or should I use my downtime to just study for an even better job?

Anonymous No. 16182035

Do you think AI will replace engineers (mechanic, electric, chemic and etc)? If yes, when do you think it will happen? Justify your answer with some example in your area of expertise.
Help a lost undergrad out, please...

Anonymous No. 16182041

Companies wanted a better educated workforce. They got it. Now they're mad.

Anonymous No. 16182097

Lol no, AI is a fad. At best it will be just used as a tool to help engineers. Stop worrying about fad shit and get to grinding.

Anonymous No. 16182128

>Lol no, AI is a fad.
Heh heh... yeah.

Anonymous No. 16182147

AI can't go out into the field, assess, and implement. The second AI makes a mistake that costs a life and it becomes legal precedent that a company is fully liable for the actions of AI, it'll be too cost prohibitive.

Anonymous No. 16182282

No. Still need a human connection just in case something goes wrong. Otherwise company would be liable. You will probably still see a reduction in workers though since AI does help speed up repetitive or well-established processes. It still has trouble creating novel solutions so creativity and ingenuity will still be much needed, even moreso in the future. I work in IT and data engineering and I use AI every day and it still isn't enough for the amount of work I have to do. I also use chatgpt4o as well. It still, to me, has a long way to go before completely replacing roles. Mangement is looking to cut costs and are jumping the gun with this AI hype. Best to get into the industry now and make connections.

Anonymous No. 16182658

That and customers are going to have doubts about AI, especially the current gen of AI, for at least a couple of decades.

Anonymous No. 16182662

You don't need to be born into connections, develop them organically while you're at uni/between internships/undergrad research positions/design teams/other clubs/etc.

>high in skill
Yeah I should very well hope so wtf...

Anonymous No. 16182664

How do you like the pay/salary progression?

Anonymous No. 16182673

Best bioweapons are the legal ones

Anonymous No. 16182674

I don't want to be a multi-degree holder without a job like you guys, I'll go brush my project portfolio up and I advise you to do the same

Anonymous No. 16182680

Be prepared, nonetheless, to enter a job outside of your field, especially if you work in government.

Anonymous No. 16182694

Grim but sensible, thanks for the heads-up

Anonymous No. 16182697

There are various roles in finance that aren't that glamorous or well remunerated.

Anonymous No. 16182698

But many positions are secure enough. Obviously not everyone can live in Beverly Hills or a Manhatten Penthouse, but you should not aspire to such things anyway.
What is the point of spending many times a reasonable cost of living on things that do not matter?

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Anonymous No. 16182700

>444 days since I left my last job
Come at me bro.
Admittedly I wasn't looking for the first 2-3 months but god. At this stage I've applied at every company in my city that hires scientists.
The only time I ever get contacted are for basic bitch lab tech roles that don't pay enough for it to be worth leaving my house for.

Anonymous No. 16182736

Partially. There will be 3 kinds of companies.
1: those who bring AI in on decisions. That will fail since AI still lacks common sense
2: those who use AI for partial automaton, boilerplate stuff and other efficiency improvements. They will get more billable work done than the others and will succeed, probably hire a few more people.
3: companies who think AI is a fad. These companies will go under and far from all of their emplyees will find new jobs. This is where the net losses willl happen

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Anonymous No. 16182846

>2 years of teaching university
>math phd with 6 publications
>2 years of software development experience
>Code on github
>New haircut
>Autism minimized
What am i missing here?

Anonymous No. 16182860

Not getting a gigastupid theoretical phd without practical applications.

Anonymous No. 16182865

>in my city
Maybe look at a larger area

Anonymous No. 16182867

I got rejected by the patent companies that I wanted to get into here in Europe, it's too bad that these are trainee positions and I'm getting absolutely destroyed here wasting time trying to get into my field of choice by going horizontally instead of vertically.
At this rate I'll be making 60k forever instead of the 100k I could make by staying in the shitty field that I hate

Anonymous No. 16182871

>without practical applications
Leavitt path algebras are actually getting more and more popular

Anonymous No. 16182878

I get what you mean confused me too for a bit when I went back to look at it, I think the 26.5 % isn't for the left-split wide one but for the both of them before splitting.

Anonymous No. 16182884

Do you even know how to programme you dumb autist?

Anonymous No. 16182886

Yes, uwu

Anonymous No. 16182888

How have you been unemployed for 140 days then? It's like you are institutionalized and have no clue about the world outside of academia and now when they kicked you out, you have no idea how to earn the green.

Anonymous No. 16182892

remember when you told me to apply to a few companies well I did it and got rejected >>16182867
not rejected from all of them but it looks like this is going to be another year where I get rejected from all of the patent companies

Anonymous No. 16182899

OwO. They say i have too little experience .

Anonymous No. 16182902

You should unironically seek help by a professional recruiter. You have no idea what you are doing.

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Anonymous No. 16182928

What are unironically my options at this point?

(i) "just keep applying" (tm) and hope i get a software development job or adjunct professor position for the autumn
(ii) get another in data science
(iii) complete my high school teaching certificate

Anonymous No. 16182938

Depends on how fast you want to get into gainful employment. Because looking at your replies here >>16182899 and here >>16182886 you come off as not very smart för a math phd.

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Anonymous No. 16182939

Please tell me what to do. I work from home, and I'd still be a WFH manager I believe. I don't really do anything related to my degree which I find to be a real problem, but a year or so of management is a good thing to get on a resume in any regard, right?

Anonymous No. 16182950

>What am i missing here?
Self confidence, I would guess. You seem eminently employable to me.

Anonymous No. 16182955

Yes, I remember. And I read your CV and could not see any reason to reject you.
Have you considered working for PRV or EPO?

Anonymous No. 16182965

Does learning other languages actually bring better prospects? Specifically East Asian ones, I'm wondering because I know Japanese, am going through Chinese now, and will probably go for Korean eventually even if as just a hobby. From birth all the way up until now I've always been told that those who know these languages can easily find a job and rake in money, but I've never really seen any actual examples, such as some lucrative job offer or some random ITfag working in China or whatever and living the easy life.

Anonymous No. 16182969

That probably was the intent but in that case, we don't know the value for either of the arrows after the split, which isn't a big deal, we can see the general proportions but still mildly disappointing that the values aren't there.

Anonymous No. 16182983

Hard times:
>America’s class of 2024 graduates into an uncertain job market
>The National Association of Colleges and Employers projects US employers will cut their hiring of freshly-minted graduates by 5.8 per cent this year compared to 2023. That would be the largest drop in hiring since NACE began surveying employers in 2015.
>Meanwhile, the unemployment rate for graduates aged 20 to 24 with bachelor’s degrees rose from 4.2 per cent to 5 per cent in the year to April, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Anonymous No. 16182990

It can act as a force multiplier if you are sociable enough and you choose languages that are not useless in your job market. For a korean, Jap would be good to learn, just as chinese. For a Finnish person, jap would be completely useless since it's not widely used in the job market. However, German is widely used in the finnish job market as a second trade language compared for instance english.

Anonymous No. 16182992

if you work for PRV or EPO do you become an attorney or do you just become a permanent government worker?
I hate working at the government. I want the private sector

Anonymous No. 16182993

In case people are interested, the original document the graph is from can be found in the link below. The PDF is a bit too large for a 4chan attachment. It's a Royal Society report from 2010, so obviously quite a bit has changed in the UK specifically since then.

Anonymous No. 16183023

I want to set up a viable career path. I dont need income in the short term. 2 years without income is ok.

Anonymous No. 16183028

In my experience Japanese is genuinely useless both in the workplace and for making friends with expats. They're just too reserved, no useful research is published in Japanese and Japanese companies have English speaking employees for dealing with foreign customers.

Anonymous No. 16183057

Get a one year degree for career switch. Blame it on you didn't want to do math anymore as a career. Or you could just apply abroad if you want to work right away. Honestly from what I've seen in this thread you just seem lazy and lack drive. Employers are extremely good at sniffing that out.

Anonymous No. 16183060

Most college graduates are GenZ and typically vote Democrat and so voted their way into this mess.

Anonymous No. 16183093

Are you trying to get a woman? Just go to the local church or mosque.

Anonymous No. 16183151

>Or you could just apply abroad if you want to work right away.
Are you saying i should apply for software development jobs abroad?
>lazy and lack drive
Guilty as charged. I lack direction.

Anonymous No. 16183182

No, you should apply for teaching jobs which require a phd in Mathematics in Germany, France, Italy, hell even eastern europe.

Anonymous No. 16183323

The engineering AI is already present. (Since 2013)
Its called Grashopper. (Not an LLM, surprise!) It still needs the dependency ratios, and other parameters, so it requires more abstract models. But when the model is ready (eg. Fractional distillery) it can design distilleries at any scale.
If you have a grashopper model for a stuff, it can implement it flexibly.

Anonymous No. 16183355

>if you work for PRV or EPO do you become an attorney or do you just become a permanent government worker?
No. You become an Examiner. If you work at EPO as an Examiner, you can sit the EQE and thereby qualify as an European patent attorney, which will be well paid in industry (in-house in large companies or as an independent patent attorney in a patent law firsm)
>I hate working at the government. I want the private sector
Just now, my friend, you need a job. From these jobs you can pivot into private practice. About half of the patent attorneys in most countries are former Examiners.

Anonymous No. 16183362

In my experience, having worked in Japan, is that Japanese women are less reserved than men. Also a few friends of mine who learned English well after getting science degrees, got nice positions in the foreign office. Theyare now working in the Far East.

Anonymous No. 16183457

what about the prv?
I just applied to prv positions, I wonder if they'll take me

Anonymous No. 16183513

People's Republic of Vietnam?

Anonymous No. 16183727

Would starting an optoelectronics PhD be advisable? Research area might be broadly in perovskites/solar cell devices, is that promising/good for jobs after the PhD? Department would be Electrical Engineering.

Anonymous No. 16183798

There's worse things to do a PhD on, but don't assume that there will be an industry job for you just because your topic is nominally in an applied field. I did my PhD in an optoelectronics group and the most common destinations are academia (at least for a postdoc, most eventually filter out), followed by consultancy, followed by random software-type jobs, and a wide mixture of things beyond that. For my PhD cohort the most common destination was civil service, for whatever reason, but that was a small sample size.

The proportion of people who got a job which had anything to do with their research was depressingly small. Even the people who went on to industry jobs usually changed their area of expertise more or less drastically. And that generally means you have a harder time convincing employers you're the right man for the job.

I don't think there is as of yet a very large industry around perovskites. There's a lot of interest for sure, and I'm aware of some startup-type endeavors, but my understanding is that the materials aren't really there yet. Meanwhile it's been one of the hottest research topics for like a decade now, so there's a lot of people out there who know their way around a perovskite.

I've been more on the fundamental science side of this, so maybe a device focused project from an engineering department will be less cursed.

Anonymous No. 16184102

Hey asshole you were the one bringing up finance like I should sucking these guys cocks or something

Anonymous No. 16184193

PRV is good, has at least once been voted great place to work.

PRV is the Swedish patent office - see for more.

Anonymous No. 16184196

I agree with >>16183798 but would also add that your project also involves some solid state physics which is also good for industry job prospects. I don't follow the field closely but still got the impression that there is a lot of activity in the perovskite approach to solar cells.

Anonymous No. 16184287

Not me, bro.
I think finance is a shit position that burns people out at best, and at worst strings people along with the promise of getting to a higher field while someone else profits off of your work.

Anonymous No. 16184313

but do they let you sit the EQE eventually or something?

Anonymous No. 16184346

I can't move at the moment. I'm studying part-time, raising a guide dog puppy, and my wife's job is here.

Anonymous No. 16184347

It's also the largest city in my country with the most jobs, so even when I have expanded my search in the past it didn't actually add many options. Only one came back but they offered 20% less than competitive and no relocation costs. I laughed them out of the room.

Anonymous No. 16184352

No. To sit the EQE you have to fulfill certain criteria. Part of those is that you have to work under someone who already is an European patent attorney or at the EPO for a certain period before you can start the process. That is now rather complex and starts with a pre-exam.

Anonymous No. 16184480

then working at the prv would be a waste of time?
I have a job already, I only want to move to my favorite career, not stay here.

Anonymous No. 16184604

I've been working as a lab monkey with a BS for 5 years now and have been toying with idea applying to med school. I just feel very bored and this is definitely not something I want to do my whole life. I've been out of school for over 5 years and have zero connections. I was thinking about doing a 1 year online non thesis masters course that is essentially med school prep. Is this a good idea? I would try and build relationships to deal with stuff like rec letters and refresh a lot of knowledge before taking the MCAT. The masters degree is not something I care about and is just a means to an end, so its through the cheapest in state university I could find.

Anonymous No. 16184615

I'm going to get by bachelors in engineering soon and would like the advice of fellow anons on what branch of engineering has most scope of advancement.
The options before me are:
Electronics and Communication Engineering
Electical and Computer Science Engineering
Electronics Engineering(VLSI Design and Technology)

Anonymous No. 16184642

>then working at the prv would be a waste of time?
Not really. It is well paid I hear, and offers a transition into patent law firms. At PRV you will learn about the European Patent Convention (EPC) which is binding also for Sweden and will help you when you start studying for EQE.

Anonymous No. 16184720

>and offers a transition into patent law firms
how does this happen?

Anonymous No. 16184732

>You're not getting tenure edition
Do people even get tenure anymore?

Anonymous No. 16184848

thank you saar

if you will be having the autism then i refer you to electronics engineering thankfully

Anonymous No. 16184866

About 50 percent of patent attorneys are former Examiners in many countries. Another 50 percent comes from industry. And perhaps one percent fomr straight from university with no industrial experience.

Anonymous No. 16184878

All of those are great choices that can give you a good job. From my limited experience, VLSI design is a good fit if you want to start your own company, make something great and then cash out by acquisition or IPO. As a cofounder you will start in an advanced position, the real value of it comes only with commercial recognition. Anyone can call themselves a CEO, but few are on the level of Nvidia, Qualcomm etc.

Anonymous No. 16185149

I'm working on product identification and coders technology. A fancy way of saying printers that put expiration dates on products.

I love the job and was able to get rid of my personal car, don't have to pay for gas, make about 70k plus bonus. It's comfy as hell, but I'm wondering where it goes from here? I am sure with the car I'm close to 80-85k annually. How do you go past the salary ceiling? What fields should I be looking at in the next ten years? Should I worry about over specialization?


Anonymous No. 16185157

By the way I should mention what I have in mind:
I'm thinking automation engineer or project management. I can get my network+ and perhaps an automation cert, and even go into consulting in the next 10-20 years. I am open to world travel, would be a perk for me.

Anonymous No. 16185160

by industry you mean people who got into firms by applying right out of college right?

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Anonymous No. 16185298

How do I secure scholarships spare for having good grades? My school's clubs aren't really interesting and I'm prioritizing personal projects. My money for school is running out soon. I'm an EE major is that's relevant

Anonymous No. 16185318

>tfw still unemployed

Anonymous No. 16185438

How I'm suppose to move up?

Anonymous No. 16185547

Went for the machine learning meme, and I'm now doing a PhD in EE right after my bachelor's, with a research assistant scholarship. Not sure how relevant my research project and classes are gonna be for my future job, and what company would even hire me after graduation since I come from M.eng. Studying in the US, any tips?

Anonymous No. 16185550

Work in a startup/firm with few people, get experience, then apply to a big company with X years of experience then get the big bucks.

If you're within a big company, you'll usually follow their pay progression which won't be amazing

Anonymous No. 16185640

>Work in a startup/firm with few people
Ok now answer again this time without assuming I live in California

Anonymous No. 16185650

No. I meant college graduates who go to industry and then go to the patent profession.

Anonymous No. 16185695

internships pay well in engineering

Anonymous No. 16186012

The startup scene isn't too shabby in UK, Germany or Sweden. California is not the centre of the universe.

Moving up, do you have management positions in mind? Moving jobs is one way to progress while remaining in tech.

Anonymous No. 16186188

There are firms anywhere, any engineering company with less than 100 people (which almost all startups also are) is a firm in my mind. Small consultants, subcontractors, local manufacturers, etc. You're retarded if you think California only has these kinda companies, if anything they have less of them since FAG are there