Technical career ideas?
December 17, 2013 1:01 PM Subscribe
Mid-twenties looking for career suggestions and ideas. More inside about what I value/enjoy in work, etc.
posted by Chicoreus to Work & Money (9 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm really feeling stalled in trying to figure out what I'd like to do as a career. Wrote down some info about what I value in a work environment/like to do. Could you all brainstorm some career suggestions that'd be good for me?
I'm fairly comfortable being "thrown in the deep end" on projects and usually don't need to be micro managed.
One thing I really value is enough flexibility to set my own schedule (within reason of course). I really prefer to start work earlier and end earlier than the usual "9 to 5" or maybe would like to be able to take a break for an hour or so when bored and finish work later in the day or evening (maybe work remotely? not sure).
One thing I notice is that I get easily bored with doing the "same thing" over and over, and would value variety every few months at least (even if it's just applying the same techniques and concepts to a new topic, idea, or project).
I'm also fairly good at knowing how to get things done efficiently and effectively and really liked getting rewarded for that in past jobs (e.g. getting off work a bit early or even just a simple thank you from my supervisor).
Things I really enjoy intellectually are: Analyzing/manipulating data, explaining technical or other concepts to people, and picking up new information quickly.
I've got a bachelors in engineering with a minor in comp. sci. (and can't really see myself as a coder; except maybe Stata or R type applied stats things, but could maybe be convinced towards others) if that helps narrow anything down. I’m not necessarily only interested in engineering jobs, but would be completely open to non-traditional engineering jobs or other types of jobs.
Salary wise I'd be looking for about 60K per year or that much within a couple years, but honestly work/life balance are more important to me.
If it helps here are some jobs I've worked in the past:
Risk analyst - Nuclear systems analysis including researching system configuration and preparing risk scenarios.
Research Assistant - Biotech equipment development, writing technical documentation, and creating video/online equipment demos.
Teaching Assistant - The usual, grading papers and office hours. (I really enjoyed helping students in office hours, since I got to explain an interesting technical concept and if there was down time I could distract myself with other things/homework.)
If you could suggest some suitable careers I should look in to, I'd be grateful,