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Old 06-03-2015, 11:24 AM   #21
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Texas, you missed the joke (I almost missed it)!

'I did an intern'.... versus 'I did an internship'... think 'presidential scandal', 'blue dress'.


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But he was still in high school--attaboy! Okay, okay, enough mileage from a crummy joke.

OK... yep missed it completely

And I guess I should have put down just after high school... but I digress...
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Old 06-03-2015, 02:48 PM   #22
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Texas, you missed the joke (I almost missed it)!

'I did an intern'.... versus 'I did an internship'... think 'presidential scandal', 'blue dress'.

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Heck, I missed the joke twice. Finally understood it when ERD50 explained it, which included underlining and italicizing. (It was a good joke).
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Old 06-03-2015, 04:33 PM   #23
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One of the brightest software engineers I have met in my career graduated Cosmetology School...he is a guy. When I met him on the job, his superior had a hard time taking him seriously knowing that. 3 years later that guy is making a lot more $$ than the jokester superior he had in his past job.

I went from framing houses straight into software engineering. A lot of people who interview me for jobs find that path very interesting. I think there is a stigma that a construction worker is a rough and tough guy, but that doesn't mean he doesn't know how to engineer things, including software. I don't have any formal college degree, and I make more than most of the peers that graduated High School with me. I am a highly driven and motivated person.

My eldest sibling loves finance. She loves talking about the loans she approves and how much people are worth. I like being involved with creating software.

Different strokes for different folks. BTW, I don't regret getting out of construction one minute. I miss the outdoor work, but that's what trips to the Caribbean are for lol.
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What is particularly interesting is when they wait until after they have finished their PhD in Engineering or MD degree until they decide to make the change.

I have two friends in those situations.

Perhaps some kids are taught not to quit and this gets deeply engrained.

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Or perhaps schools are not teaching the realities of what actually WORKING in those fields entails.
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We had a young architect quit after a couple of years to become a physical therapist. An engineer quit after about a year to become a teacher. I think most everyone thought highly of them for following their passions.
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My SIL told this story about her dentist. One day, she received a letter he sent to all his clients, telling them that he quit dentistry to pursue what he liked better: carpentry.

It was not clear, but I thought that it was fine carpentry, i.e. making furniture, rather than construction or framing work. The dentist was in his 40s.
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