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Old 06-03-2015, 10:24 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'.

Originally Posted by samclem View Post
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, 01:48 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by ERD50 View Post
Texas, you missed the joke (I almost missed it)!

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

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, 03:33 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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Old 06-03-2015, 06:44 PM   #24
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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.

Or perhaps schools are not teaching the realities of what actually WORKING in those fields entails.
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Old 06-03-2015, 08:26 PM   #25
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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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