I'm a grown-up, but I still don't know what I want to be...
December 15, 2013 6:40 AM Subscribe
Having spent the last year+ underemployed, I need a new direction. I've got a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, a dormant PE license, and a dead-end resume. I'm currently "working" for profits from an unprofitable mechanic shop doing brakes, radiators, and whatnot. It seems like all the engineering job listings require deep, specific experience--so I'm not qualified-- or are entry-level and I'm overqualified.
posted by notsnot to Work & Money (16 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Previous "real" jobs include building car washes, designing plumbing, teaching math at the community college, and, further back, as a manufacturing engineer in the railroad industry. In none of these jobs was math above arithmetic required - I used more engineering formulas as examples in math classes than I did as an engineer.
So, I'm looking for other lines of work that may suit me. Other datapoints: I take road trips out in the western US, and have taken a lot of scenic photos; I tried my hand at two small local art fairs. I'm reasonably technically oriented; I started college in CS, and still build my own computers to meet my specs. I love data, almost to neurosis - I've got mp3's out the wazoo (catalogued), and printed out the USGS quads of most of my road-trip haunts on vellum, just to have 'em. I used to be pretty fit: ran a few half-marathons and rode my bike a lot. Other past an present hobbies include homebrewing; building an engine for (and general tinkering on) my 1970 Impala; playing depressing folk and alt-country covers at open-mic nights, long hikes with my dogs, and photographing every square inch of the local botanical gardens.
In general, working for myself is a very bad idea. Working away from a desk--even outside--is appealing as an antidote to my extreme procrastination and internet-as-timesuck tendencies.
I'm looking for vocational ideas, and decided a hivemind brainstorming session might be enlightening.