Dishes and Cans and Code
June 28, 2012 9:26 AM Subscribe
I am a possible budding industrial engineer with a background as a programmer. Help me decide what to do with myself.
posted by Folk to Work & Money (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have discovered I have A TALENT. It seems I can take a process under my wing and wonderfully optimize it.
I give you two examples:
1. I recently took on a night job at an events location as the mouthy dishwasher. Within a couple weeks I completely reworked the whole dishroom process and flow so that it achieved these goals:
a) Waiters now spend less time in my dishroom unloading their dirties. (This gets them out of my way and back onto the floor where they should be.)
b) Dishes are now much cleaner.
c) Staffing of my dishroom went from two to three workers to a single worker.
d) Dishes are now actually finished at a reasonable hour.
2. At the ripe young age of fifteen I was tasked to organize thirty teenagers into sorting several thousand pounds of canned food into fifteen categories. My sole experience to drawn on was the year before when the same job was suddenly thrust on our group and resulted in total chaos. I had the time of my life organizing and documenting and flow charting and the day went wonderfully and there was lots of food for charities.
These are the two primary examples of my newly realized TALENT. All this is incredibly fun for me. I want to do more.
It seems that the best place to use my skills involves assembly lines somehow. An interesting conflict is that I have a small aversion to mechanical engineering stuff. However I love robotics(which I think is relevant), and my past couple years I have been working in the software industry. Ideally I would find a job somewhere that combines programming with this sort of stuff.
Now, I am looking for somewhere to go from here. Is there a job market for my skill set? How do I find it? How do you suggest I proceed?