October 1, 2005

Szu-Huey's Birthday Dinner

Szu-Huey had a group birthday dinner with two other people at IBM who had their birthdays this week. I didn't know the other two birthday people, and one of them couldn't show up because he had a business dinner. We went to Korea House, and got some strange service. The first waitress wouldn't let us order or get appetizers until she had finished delivering all of the food to this other table, even though the food was still in the kitchen and they were eating fine already. Another waitress gave us some rice bowls, then took them away and gave it to that other table. I gave Szu-Huey Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie. Some of them went out to Suite 181 but I've been tired early lately so I decided not to go.

Posted by josuah at October 1, 2005 5:41 AM UTC+00:00

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Author Profile Pagedrivenice says at October 3, 2005 3:10 PM

I hope you sneezed/stuck your utensils in your ricebowl. I know this is kind of a favor, but what do you think the job prospects of an Electrical Engineer vs. a Mechanical Engineer B.S. holder are in California. I know you've been successful around all these companies (IBM, Netflix, aerospace companies?).
Would you also tell me what you think of people with an Engineering Science A.S. degree, if they work hard are they valued as employees? I have taken CS I-II (C/C++ arrays, pointers, data structures, classes) • Electric Circuits • Thermodynamics • Differential Equations • Statics and Strength of Materials • Intro Engineering Materials • Calculus-Based Physics I, II •
Intro to Modern Physics • Genetics Lab and Lecture • Molecular Biology/Proteins
I'll get you a neat $10 amazon gift code if you decide to advise me!

Author Profile PageJosuah says at October 4, 2005 3:54 AM

One of my friends from Berkeley graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree. She had a hard time finding work recently. But that could just be her; I don't know the details of her education. Aerospace isn't doing so hot right now. You've basically got Lockheed Martin and Boeing, and Boeing isn't doing so great. Lockheed has military contracts it can rely on right now.

Electrical Engineering may be a better choice than Mechanical Engineering because a lot of the products being developed by startups right now are network appliances. And network appliances are growing as a market. They may be buying programmable chips instead of designing custom ASICs, but I'm sure for speed, ASICs are the only way to achieve what they want.

Ultimately, I don't think working hard makes a person a valuable employee. Working smart does though. There are lots of engineers and developers over here putting in way too many hours, working hard. But many companies will not reward for hard work, since that's replaceable. There are some very large companies (not specifically IBM) in this area that have reputations for sweatshop-like labour.

Your best bet is to find an internship doing something you like, at a company you want to work at. Do this as often as possible until you find a place you want to work full-time. Then take that position. If you don't find internships, it will be very frustrating later on to find a full-time job.

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