Author Topic: Thinking of a career change to EE and looking for advice  (Read 5545 times)

0 Members and 2 Guests are viewing this topic.

Offline jdd

  • Contributor
  • Posts: 9
Thinking of a career change to EE and looking for advice
« on: April 11, 2012, 12:26:48 PM »
I was listening to one of the amp hour podcasts where they were talking about how much they really need engineers who really enjoy what they're doing.  It got me thinking that I need to get out of my current career and into something I really will enjoy.

I've noticed that I'm a lot happier and more excited about the various electronics projects that I do for fun than I am about the profession that I went into. I have a BS and MS in chemistry and I've been a pharmacutical chemist for three years.  I decided to follow my girl friend across the US for her job and we'll be moving in a month.  This seems to me like a great time  for me to try something different.

A bit about me... I took all the math most BSEE students probably took.  I even took a senior level math class in signal processing which was mostly me and a room of EEs. I know a bit of java and C++.  Right now I'm working my way through that MITx course on electronics. I have an ongoing 3d printer project and as a way to build on my math/programming/electronic knowledge I started working on a balancing robot that will be designed and printed on my 3d printer. After that I have more project ideas than I know how to implement.  My method of learning electronics so far has been to pick projects that are a bit over my head and try to understand every aspect of it.     

I think if there's a chance I'm going to try and get some entry level technician job after I move.  I'm not sure how to go about doing it though.  I'm sure not having any formal training will make it difficult to get past any HR people.

What are your though?  And maybe anyone has some leads?  I'll be moving to norther New Jersey.


 

Offline IanB

  • Super Contributor
  • ***
  • Posts: 6845
  • Country: us
Re: Thinking of a career change to EE and looking for advice
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2012, 12:57:39 PM »
I think if there's a chance I'm going to try and get some entry level technician job after I move.  I'm not sure how to go about doing it though.  I'm sure not having any formal training will make it difficult to get past any HR people.

No, not that. If you want to get into engineering, keep focused on your goal. If you want to be an engineer, apply for engineering jobs. If you aim low, you will just put the wrong kind of experience on your resume and you will get type cast in the wrong role. Aim high and prepare to be rebuffed, but keep trying.

You will find it really hard to break in for sure, since you will be competing against interns and fresh EE graduates. Use every method at your disposal to find an "in", via contacts, friends, colleagues, social networking, even recruitment agencies. But never apply for a different job from the one you want and think you will somehow be able to jump the fence later. It doesn't work that way. If you want to be an engineer, sell yourself as an engineer.
I'm not an EE--what am I doing here?
 

Offline EEVblog

  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 20356
  • Country: au
    • EEVblog
Re: Thinking of a career change to EE and looking for advice
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2012, 02:32:59 PM »
I think if there's a chance I'm going to try and get some entry level technician job after I move.  I'm not sure how to go about doing it though.  I'm sure not having any formal training will make it difficult to get past any HR people.

No, not that. If you want to get into engineering, keep focused on your goal. If you want to be an engineer, apply for engineering jobs. If you aim low, you will just put the wrong kind of experience on your resume and you will get type cast in the wrong role. Aim high and prepare to be rebuffed, but keep trying.

I'd second that.

There has got to be an EE job out there for someone with a chemistry degree and background.
In fact I'm sure I've seen some over the years here in Sydney.
e.g. a company that designs and build analytical equipment for example, might want someone with a good chemistry background, but who could also design a simple electronics interface widget or some such. In which case they usually don't care about any EE qualifications. A lot of these companies subcontract out their electronics widget design/production testing requirements, so having someone with some electronics skills in house can be very handy to them.

So maybe there is more opportunity to leverage your existing degree and knowledge, whilst getting some real world EE work to bootstrap a full career change into EE?

Dave.
 

Re: Thinking of a career change to EE and looking for advice
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2012, 04:37:02 PM »
It got me thinking that I need to get out of my current career and into something I really will enjoy.

I've noticed that I'm a lot happier and more excited about the various electronics projects that I do for fun

Making a hobby into a job means you are out of a good hobby then.

And don't forget that the typical management bullshit won't go away just because you work in another area. You won't do electronic projects for fun any more, but to keep THE MAN happy. You do that to earn money to fill the fridge. Fun is no longer the primary objective. If you are lucky and skillful you can wrangle a little bit of fun out of a project here and there.

Quote
I decided to follow my girl friend across the US for her job and we'll be moving in a month.  This seems to me like a great time  for me to try something different.

It is, and it isn't. Unless your girlfriend is rich, your primary goal needs to be to get a good job - to help fill the fridge. If there are many jobs available this is a good time. If jobs are rare then linking the primary goal of getting a job with the special condition that it should be an EE job makes it harder for you to find one. And it puts you under extra pressure in your job search. It would be easier to do such a career change if you weren't already under the pressure to get a job at all.

I suggest you carefully check the job market and adjust your secondary goal, an EE job, accordingly. Instead of adjusting your primary goal, a good job.
I delete PMs unread. If you have something to say, say it in public.
For all else: Profile->[Modify Profile]Buddies/Ignore List->Edit Ignore List
 

Offline EEVblog

  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 20356
  • Country: au
    • EEVblog
Re: Thinking of a career change to EE and looking for advice
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2012, 05:39:25 PM »
Tried searching online yet?
http://www.engineerjobs.com/jobs/new-jersey/
The first two involve chemistry, so that's sounds rather promising...

Dave.
 

Offline jdd

  • Contributor
  • Posts: 9
Re: Thinking of a career change to EE and looking for advice
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2012, 09:01:29 PM »
I think if there's a chance I'm going to try and get some entry level technician job after I move.  I'm not sure how to go about doing it though.  I'm sure not having any formal training will make it difficult to get past any HR people.

No, not that. If you want to get into engineering, keep focused on your goal. If you want to be an engineer, apply for engineering jobs. If you aim low, you will just put the wrong kind of experience on your resume and you will get type cast in the wrong role. Aim high and prepare to be rebuffed, but keep trying.

You will find it really hard to break in for sure, since you will be competing against interns and fresh EE graduates. Use every method at your disposal to find an "in", via contacts, friends, colleagues, social networking, even recruitment agencies. But never apply for a different job from the one you want and think you will somehow be able to jump the fence later. It doesn't work that way. If you want to be an engineer, sell yourself as an engineer.

I like this idea.  I didn't think I'd stand a chance against people with the proper educational background but I should at least try to get the job I want.  I'll have to see how the job market looks out there.  I'd like to go back to school to get a degree and I was thinking that if I had a bit of technician experience and a few years of self study then I could talk a school into letting me in to get a masters. 
 

Offline jdd

  • Contributor
  • Posts: 9
Re: Thinking of a career change to EE and looking for advice
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2012, 09:05:38 PM »
I think if there's a chance I'm going to try and get some entry level technician job after I move.  I'm not sure how to go about doing it though.  I'm sure not having any formal training will make it difficult to get past any HR people.

No, not that. If you want to get into engineering, keep focused on your goal. If you want to be an engineer, apply for engineering jobs. If you aim low, you will just put the wrong kind of experience on your resume and you will get type cast in the wrong role. Aim high and prepare to be rebuffed, but keep trying.

I'd second that.

There has got to be an EE job out there for someone with a chemistry degree and background.
In fact I'm sure I've seen some over the years here in Sydney.
e.g. a company that designs and build analytical equipment for example, might want someone with a good chemistry background, but who could also design a simple electronics interface widget or some such. In which case they usually don't care about any EE qualifications. A lot of these companies subcontract out their electronics widget design/production testing requirements, so having someone with some electronics skills in house can be very handy to them.

So maybe there is more opportunity to leverage your existing degree and knowledge, whilst getting some real world EE work to bootstrap a full career change into EE?

Dave.

Good idea!  Now that I think about it I've seen a few aglient job posting out there.  They're pretty big in the analytical chemistry field and I even know how to run several of their instruments.
 

Offline jdd

  • Contributor
  • Posts: 9
Re: Thinking of a career change to EE and looking for advice
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2012, 09:21:28 PM »
It got me thinking that I need to get out of my current career and into something I really will enjoy.

I've noticed that I'm a lot happier and more excited about the various electronics projects that I do for fun

Making a hobby into a job means you are out of a good hobby then.

And don't forget that the typical management bullshit won't go away just because you work in another area. You won't do electronic projects for fun any more, but to keep THE MAN happy. You do that to earn money to fill the fridge. Fun is no longer the primary objective. If you are lucky and skillful you can wrangle a little bit of fun out of a project here and there.

Quote
I decided to follow my girl friend across the US for her job and we'll be moving in a month.  This seems to me like a great time  for me to try something different.

It is, and it isn't. Unless your girlfriend is rich, your primary goal needs to be to get a good job - to help fill the fridge. If there are many jobs available this is a good time. If jobs are rare then linking the primary goal of getting a job with the special condition that it should be an EE job makes it harder for you to find one. And it puts you under extra pressure in your job search. It would be easier to do such a career change if you weren't already under the pressure to get a job at all.

I suggest you carefully check the job market and adjust your secondary goal, an EE job, accordingly. Instead of adjusting your primary goal, a good job.

Yes it's always risky turning a hobby into a job.  I've got plenty of other good hobbies that have no hope of ever turning into a job though.  One of my big complaints about being a chemist is that there's no such thing as a home lab.  Or at least if you have a home lab you can expect to have the police bust in through your door at any moment.

Money is an issue but not a huge one.  I've got a pretty decent FU account that can keep me going for at least a year if I want.  The girl friend isn't rich but I'd have to become a pretty successful engineer to make what she will.  I do agree with you though.  I'm looking to get just about anything to get some income going.  The chemistry job market is pretty much destroyed right now though.  I actually spoke with a much older/wiser friend who lives the area.  He's been a chemist out there for probably 30 years.  He said if he were in my shoes he would choose electronics too.  He's also a bit of a hobbyist too.
 

Offline jdd

  • Contributor
  • Posts: 9
Re: Thinking of a career change to EE and looking for advice
« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2012, 09:22:58 PM »
Tried searching online yet?
http://www.engineerjobs.com/jobs/new-jersey/
The first two involve chemistry, so that's sounds rather promising...

Dave.

Thanks!  I've been looking and applying like crazy to anything I look even remotely qualified for.  I hadn't seen that site yet though.
 

Offline EEVblog

  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 20356
  • Country: au
    • EEVblog
Re: Thinking of a career change to EE and looking for advice
« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2012, 09:36:28 PM »
One of my big complaints about being a chemist is that there's no such thing as a home lab.  Or at least if you have a home lab you can expect to have the police bust in through your door at any moment.

I found this interesting Wired article:
http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/14.06/chemistry.html
And of course it's all US government terrorism fear bullshit, and should be resisted en-masse on principle.
Screw the government, they can't stop you, go ahead and set up your own home lab!
Make sure you have video cameras running 24/7 to secretly capture the bastards if they raid you, and then let it go viral on Youtube  ;D

And:
http://paulhutch.com/wordpress/?p=333


Dave.
« Last Edit: April 11, 2012, 09:50:11 PM by EEVblog »
 


Offline EEVblog

  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 20356
  • Country: au
    • EEVblog
Re: Thinking of a career change to EE and looking for advice
« Reply #11 on: April 11, 2012, 11:23:25 PM »
Not a good idea in the United Police States of America http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2008566,00.html

Screw that.
And double screw that in your own home.

Dave.
 

Offline Kilroy

  • Regular Contributor
  • *
  • Posts: 85
  • Country: ca
Re: Thinking of a career change to EE and looking for advice
« Reply #12 on: April 11, 2012, 11:52:01 PM »
Your a chemist?

Well, if I were you, I would at least explore the nano-technology field. You might be a good fit somewhere within the chemical branches. As of now there is a considerable vacuum in the skills base required to adequately support the projected growth rate of this industry in all of it's divisions. If you fancy a career shift to electronics, you might be set up better than you think in a chemical nano-tech position, even if it is a "lowly" lab job, because the delivery systems are often heavily electronic in nature and these two branches work closely together...often *very* closely.

The Dark Side. The chemical and bio-medical sectors of nanotech are significant fields of opportunity because there are large amounts of money waiting to be made here...which is not to say that this makes it all good. Corporate greed and the race to be first to finish will encourage products to be pushed to market before what might be considered a "responsible" "safe" trial and testing period. One may have to keep a close eye on one's moral compass in order to sleep at night. This industry is going to need real close supervision or there are going to be some spectacular cock ups. Its kinda like running with scissors. I can be done safely, but...

I don't know how young you are, but if I were doing it again, nano-tech would be where I would throw my energy. Fascinating...and scary.

Google is your friend. My hobby is mathematical statistics...which is quite disturbing, really. There are gobs of data out there to explore and I would encourage you to make use of it. You'll be surprised at the percentage of small firms in the nano-tech field...roughly 80% in my country. Can't hurt to have a look. You might like what you see.


By the way, if Dave keeps this blog thing of his going, and here's hoping he does, it will be only a matter of time, I expect, before there will be a forum dedicated to nano-electronics. Bring it on.


The fool generalizes the particular; the nerd particularizes the general; some do both; and the wise does neither.
 

Offline gregariz

  • Frequent Contributor
  • **
  • Posts: 514
  • Country: us
Re: Thinking of a career change to EE and looking for advice
« Reply #13 on: April 12, 2012, 07:30:45 AM »

I don't know how young you are, but if I were doing it again, nano-tech would be where I would throw my energy. Fascinating...and scary.


I sometimes wonder what I'm going to tell my kids when they are ready to go to college/uni. The best I have come up with is that 'If I were them I would study something that leads to private practice'. Being able to work where you want with your business being based on local factors seems like the ticket to me ie doctor, lawyer, accountant, non high tech engineering (ie civil), trades.

I remember sitting in a talk given by a pharmaceutical company VP about 2 years ago after the crash when she said that the way the company works is that they have an army of PhD's on the bottom of the power structure working away like ants trying to find stuff. They didn't have a single chemist/biochemist who was at VP level and above, including her. Its real dilbert principle stuff with the dumbest people at the top. So I couldn't tell people to study something hard like that (ie chemistry/physics/some engineering) if they 1. can't go out and earn a crust in the local community, 2. they are perpetually on the bottom of the food chain and 3. have to constantly move where the big companies are located or offshored.

Its a real shame that there isn't a requirement for universities to bring people from outside in at the beginning of the university programmes and give students an honest 'facts of life' talk about outcomes in some of these harder degrees. But I guess its 'buyer beware'.

I think if you have a degree in chemistry and you dont want to transition to do something locally like environmental science/ local teaching or maybe something to do with materials/food you might want to look at management. I've seen a bunch of chemists working in quality and project management. I'm also guessing you've probably done some programming at college so you could look at getting certified ( ie PMP or Microsoft developer). If I'm honest I think you are going to find it hard in a traditional electronics firm (in the US) to get hired as an electrical engineer. The job market is just too competitive with alot of older layed off engineers floating around.

 

Offline djsb

  • Frequent Contributor
  • **
  • Posts: 561
  • Country: gb
    • My blog
Re: Thinking of a career change to EE and looking for advice
« Reply #14 on: April 12, 2012, 07:39:52 AM »
I always liked the film 51st State ;)
Or maybe that's not such a good idea.
I can't really give any advice as I'm only employed as a lowly technician in a university. I'm still trying to figure out what I REALLY want do with my life. It's good if you enjoy what you are doing and above all have fun. I've worked in manual jobs where I have had a right laugh. In the end it not just about the job it's the people you work WITH that you remember the most. It's also good to experiment a bit and develop different skills if you can. Employers want people that have so called soft skills as well (can you get along with people etc).
Anyway that's my tuppence worth.

David.

P.S Ive worked as a painter and decorator, as a janitor, a cleaner in a hospital, and a short stint as an apprentice electrician.
Became a full time student at 34 and the rest is history.
« Last Edit: April 12, 2012, 07:49:23 AM by djsb »
David
Hertfordshire,UK
 University Electronics Technician, London PIC,CCS C,Arduino,Kicad, Altium Designer,LPKF S103,S62 Operator, Electronics instructor.  http://debuggingrules.com/ Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
 

Offline IanB

  • Super Contributor
  • ***
  • Posts: 6845
  • Country: us
Re: Thinking of a career change to EE and looking for advice
« Reply #15 on: April 12, 2012, 07:52:19 AM »
I remember sitting in a talk given by a pharmaceutical company VP about 2 years ago after the crash when she said that the way the company works is that they have an army of PhD's on the bottom of the power structure working away like ants trying to find stuff. They didn't have a single chemist/biochemist who was at VP level and above, including her. Its real dilbert principle stuff with the dumbest people at the top.

That may happen in some fields, but engineering is very business/economically oriented and engineers can be found as VPs in various engineering and technology companies.

Quote
If I'm honest I think you are going to find it hard in a traditional electronics firm (in the US) to get hired as an electrical engineer. The job market is just too competitive with alot of older layed off engineers floating around.

The trick here is to have an appropriate specialism and domain expertise. Being an "EE" is far too general, just as being a "doctor" says very little about your particular skills. But if, say, you could describe yourself as a "specialist in analytical measurement and instrumentation with a good understanding of both chemistry and electronic design" then you become differentiated from the crowd.

No idea if that is really a good specialism and skill set to find employment--you need to find your own way there--but you get the picture.
I'm not an EE--what am I doing here?
 

Offline jdd

  • Contributor
  • Posts: 9
Re: Thinking of a career change to EE and looking for advice
« Reply #16 on: April 12, 2012, 10:48:55 AM »

I remember sitting in a talk given by a pharmaceutical company VP about 2 years ago after the crash when she said that the way the company works is that they have an army of PhD's on the bottom of the power structure working away like ants trying to find stuff. They didn't have a single chemist/biochemist who was at VP level and above, including her. Its real dilbert principle stuff with the dumbest people at the top. So I couldn't tell people to study something hard like that (ie chemistry/physics/some engineering) if they 1. can't go out and earn a crust in the local community, 2. they are perpetually on the bottom of the food chain and 3. have to constantly move where the big companies are located or offshored.


This is still very true today and a huge reason why I don't want anything to do with this field anymore.  No matter how good of a chemist you are, you are still just the hired hands. 
 

Offline gregariz

  • Frequent Contributor
  • **
  • Posts: 514
  • Country: us
Re: Thinking of a career change to EE and looking for advice
« Reply #17 on: April 12, 2012, 02:25:26 PM »

This is still very true today and a huge reason why I don't want anything to do with this field anymore.  No matter how good of a chemist you are, you are still just the hired hands.

I know its easy to say but electronics is not so much different to chemistry. Even though we are better off as it is easier to have an electronics lab at home, it still is very challenging to make a real crust off of any developments you do on your own. The reason is simply China and 50 cent an hour labour wages. So most electronics engineers still work in large manufacturers where they need to move around, and are still mostly on the bottom of the food chain although as IanB points out there are still quite a few firms out there with engineering VP's. I myself am an Australian working in the US partly for the reasons above - spent too long in college like yourself and so ended up moving where the design work is at.

The big payoff for electronics engineers (esp postgrad engineers) has always been in starting your own company (if successful). Just being an electronics engineer will mean you are the same hired hands as a chemist.
 

Offline EEVblog

  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 20356
  • Country: au
    • EEVblog
Re: Thinking of a career change to EE and looking for advice
« Reply #18 on: April 12, 2012, 05:47:20 PM »
The big payoff for electronics engineers (esp postgrad engineers) has always been in starting your own company (if successful). Just being an electronics engineer will mean you are the same hired hands as a chemist.

Yes, you are always just a hired hand at a company, and I think that's the same for most industries, and Dilbert is a reality in most places.
Nothing too much wrong with that of course if you enjoy the work, but if you aspire to something greater, then, well...
Many engineers who go to work for themselves become consultants/contractors, but you are still just a hired hand, albeit earning more, but with less job security.
As for starting a successful business actually producing something, be careful what you wish for, if you want a life outside of work!

The ultimate goal seems to be to become independently wealthy so you can work on whatever you want whenever you want. I bought my lotto tickets again today...

Dave.
 

Offline jdd

  • Contributor
  • Posts: 9
Re: Thinking of a career change to EE and looking for advice
« Reply #19 on: April 12, 2012, 09:26:01 PM »

This is still very true today and a huge reason why I don't want anything to do with this field anymore.  No matter how good of a chemist you are, you are still just the hired hands.

I know its easy to say but electronics is not so much different to chemistry. Even though we are better off as it is easier to have an electronics lab at home, it still is very challenging to make a real crust off of any developments you do on your own. The reason is simply China and 50 cent an hour labour wages. So most electronics engineers still work in large manufacturers where they need to move around, and are still mostly on the bottom of the food chain although as IanB points out there are still quite a few firms out there with engineering VP's. I myself am an Australian working in the US partly for the reasons above - spent too long in college like yourself and so ended up moving where the design work is at.

The big payoff for electronics engineers (esp postgrad engineers) has always been in starting your own company (if successful). Just being an electronics engineer will mean you are the same hired hands as a chemist.

I think the big pull towards engineering for me, other than just for enjoyment, is that it seems like a profession with a huge amount of creativity.  I have a huge drive to make new things.  I have no trouble finding really cool projects that people are working on and there is the whole start your own company aspect of it.  You wont find that in science at all.  The money and regulations involved in starting a chemical lab up pretty much excluded anyone who isn't already very wealthy.  And moving to management is pretty much non-existent for anyone without a PhD in the sciences.  I could get an MBA but that just sounds like 2 years of full time Dilbert classes to me (at $50k a year too!).

For a chemist to be the hired hands means following the exact government required procedure in everything you do (at least in pharmaceuticals).  There's no deviation from the set procedure and it becomes quite a brainless job once it's so tightly controlled like that.  A good quote regarding chemistry I heard from someone "jobs in chemistry aren't suited for people smart enough to get a degree in chemistry".  I couldn't agree more.

I like this discussion.  It's really making me consider why the hell I'm doing this  :)
 

Offline jdd

  • Contributor
  • Posts: 9
Re: Thinking of a career change to EE and looking for advice
« Reply #20 on: April 12, 2012, 09:36:37 PM »
The big payoff for electronics engineers (esp postgrad engineers) has always been in starting your own company (if successful). Just being an electronics engineer will mean you are the same hired hands as a chemist.

Yes, you are always just a hired hand at a company, and I think that's the same for most industries, and Dilbert is a reality in most places.
Nothing too much wrong with that of course if you enjoy the work, but if you aspire to something greater, then, well...
Many engineers who go to work for themselves become consultants/contractors, but you are still just a hired hand, albeit earning more, but with less job security.
As for starting a successful business actually producing something, be careful what you wish for, if you want a life outside of work!

The ultimate goal seems to be to become independently wealthy so you can work on whatever you want whenever you want. I bought my lotto tickets again today...

Dave.

 I'm aspiring to something greater... Which or course will mean putting in tons of work to get there.  Maybe I'll dislike that even more than what I do now but I imagine that's a dilemma most most people face.  The lotto might be a good choice!
 

Offline Ed.Kloonk

  • Frequent Contributor
  • **
  • Posts: 659
  • Country: au
Re: Thinking of a career change to EE and looking for advice
« Reply #21 on: April 12, 2012, 09:41:12 PM »
..../

 I bought my lotto tickets again today...

Dave.


LOL.

Made me laugh. I have an accountant who gave me some stick for not buying a two dollar lottery ticket. I thought it was strange for my accountant to be a gambler. So I quizzed him. He said the jackpot is 20 million. What would you rather have in your pocket? Two dollars or 20 million? He said "You can afford to risk two dollars can't you?"

I return home humbled. Again.


 

Offline mc

  • Regular Contributor
  • *
  • Posts: 147
  • Country: scotland
Re: Thinking of a career change to EE and looking for advice
« Reply #22 on: April 12, 2012, 10:06:43 PM »
As for starting a successful business actually producing something, be careful what you wish for, if you want a life outside of work!
I'll vouch for this one!
I've been working on what I thought would be a pretty simple item, not take much time to design, and provide a bit extra income, for a couple months now. It's still not finished, but is slowly creeping towards completion, however I seem to have days where all I do is have mental arguments with myself over how to do things, do I need to do things, do I need that thing, where can I get that thing...etc.

It's certainly a whole different game from just building something for your own use, using whatever you can find/scrounge for a one off.

Quote
The ultimate goal seems to be to become independently wealthy so you can work on whatever you want whenever you want. I bought my lotto tickets again today...
One day....
 

Offline EEVblog

  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 20356
  • Country: au
    • EEVblog
Re: Thinking of a career change to EE and looking for advice
« Reply #23 on: April 12, 2012, 10:39:55 PM »
Made me laugh. I have an accountant who gave me some stick for not buying a two dollar lottery ticket. I thought it was strange for my accountant to be a gambler. So I quizzed him. He said the jackpot is 20 million. What would you rather have in your pocket? Two dollars or 20 million? He said "You can afford to risk two dollars can't you?"
I return home humbled. Again.

Yes, those who look at the odds are entirely missing the point.
You aren't buying odds, you are buying a dream, that at any moment, you could be free of the Dilbert cubicle.
Those who don't enter have zero chance and zero dream.
Even if you don't ever win (most likely), the dream is almost is as good, and IMO, money well spent ;D
I know people that spend more in a day on coffee than I spend in a week on all the lotto draws.

Dave.
 


Share me

Digg  Facebook  SlashDot  Delicious  Technorati  Twitter  Google  Yahoo
Smf