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Building off the age demographic post, let's get a "poll" going (I say "poll" because there's no way to fit all of the professions on an online poll, haha) for who does what! You can be as specific, or not, as you want.

Me? I'm an almost-grad (stupid gen-eds) of Penn State who just moved back home with mommy and daddy (not my first choice, I'll admit) to take some summer classes online. I'm majoring in mechanical engineering and, unlike most of my classmates, I do not have a "career" yet because of my special circumstances... My lifelong dream is to work at Ford as a design engineer, but it's way too competitive and my gpa is too low... (even though it's a 3.0, and I worked my ass off for that!) Maybe this trip to the Keys will change that :D
 

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but it's way too competitive and my gpa is too low...
Competitive..yes GPA doesn't mean jack in the real world. Its about where you went to school, what experience you have, and who you know.

Great thread, however I am not sure if it really belongs in this forum. But we don't have a better place for it right now.

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I guess it could have gone into "Non-ST Nation Stuff," but this is where the Age thread was located so I figured it was fitting.
 

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Competitive..yes GPA doesn't mean jack in the real world. Its about where you went to school, what experience you have, and who you know.
I would say this is true in just about every career field out there (aside from the where you went to school part). Just go for it. You may have to start at the bottom, but your hard work will pay off! :D
 

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Competitive..yes GPA doesn't mean jack in the real world. Its about where you went to school, what experience you have, and who you know.

I would say this is true in just about every career field out there (aside from the where you went to school part). Just go for it. You may have to start at the bottom, but your hard work will pay off! :D
Thanks guys (err... one guy, one girl, lol), that's a good boost to my confidence :)
 

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I would say this is true in just about every career field out there (aside from the where you went to school part). Just go for it. You may have to start at the bottom, but your hard work will pay off! :D
The few settings where school comes into play is Ivy League... It goes without saying, graduates have a better chance of getting hired by graduates of the same school. The Affiliation/association aspect plays that role.

Although I have no empirical evidence to support those claims.. heh :p

Thanks guys (err... one guy, one girl, lol), that's a good boost to my confidence :)
Find something that you are good at and love. Then make them pay you to do it, and do it well. :D

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Multi-Body Dynamics Simulation Software Developer here. (All ME's in the room will be familiar with ADAMS, we're a competitor.) \

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