Re: [PipingDesign] Request for Advice, Career Choices for an Old Guy

From: <Thomas>
Date: Fri Apr 06 2007 - 00:42:00 EDT

Chris: I value your well considered input. Thank you for your response. These are things to consider.

Thomas G Laupa PE
Senior Engineer - Nalco Company
Office Address: 1601 Diehl Road, Naperville, IL, 60563 Courier Address: 1003 Remington, Fort Collins, CO, 80524 970-227-5127
800-493-5009 fax

At 11:33 PM 4/5/2007, you wrote:

>On Apr 5, 2007, at 11:01 PM, Thomas Laupa wrote:
>
> > How do we make the most of our hard earned skills when the demand
> > is high?
>depends on whether you want to stay hands-on, go independent or stay
>captive. I got laid off 20 years ago at age 47--two kids in college
>and a third coming along. By some good luck I made some re-
>connections with people I'd known or worked with previously and
>managed to score several contract positions which kept the bills paid
>while I was looking for consulting work. By the time I was offered a
>direct job, which I would have coveted before I got laid off, I
>realized I was done with direct employment--simply spoiled rotten for
>the 9 to 5 grind. In the intervening years I've never worked harder,
>but i've never enjoyed it more.
>
>So my first suggestion is to prepare for independent practice. Make
>and cultivate connections and start learning about the business of
>engineering. Get a PE license, so you can for an actual, non-
>euphemistic engineering practice.
>
>If you're only comfortable working captive, the only way to stay that
>way is to make yourself indispensable and unique. Learn political
>skills and get comfortable with aligning yourself with the prevailing
>winds, or get yourself a significant piece of the company. Hands-on
>engineers past the age of 40 are becoming fewer because they're more
>expensive than new-hires.
>
>I guess there's an alternative, and that's to make as much money as
>you can and bail when you have enough dough to start over in whatever
>seems attractive.
>
>The guts of it is that lifetime employment is a thing of the past.
>When I started out in 1962 you could generally expect to stay on if
>you kept your nose clean and followed instructions, but that rarely
>happens. So what you need to be doing when times are good is to
>prepare for your next job.
>
>Christopher Wright P.E. |"They couldn't hit an elephant at
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>(last words of Gen.
>.......................................| John Sedgwick, Spotsylvania
>1864)
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>
>
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Thomas G Laupa PE
Senior Engineer - Nalco Company
Office Address: 1601 Diehl Road, Naperville, IL, 60563 Courier Address: 1003 Remington, Fort Collins, CO, 80524

970-227-5127
800-493-5009 fax
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