Momentum - November 2017 - 24

CAREER PATH

FOLLOW YOUR HEART
Yesterday one of my students-let's
call him George-dropped by to
ask for my career advice. He's not
getting the highest grades in class
so I didn't tell him to go straight to
a Ph.D. and become a professor as
I'd done, but I did advise him to go
about it as I'd done. In a few words:
do something you really like, even if
it's going to pay less at first.
The reason is obvious once
you think about it. If you work on
something you like-no need to be
"passionate" about it, liking it is just
dandy-then you'll become better
and better at it because you'll want
to do a better and better job. For the
sake of the job, not because anyone
is watching. As you improve, you'll
become more and more valued,
and the money will follow. And if it
doesn't, move to another job; you'll
be in high demand if you're good at
what you're doing.
Those who follow the money
are setting themselves up for
a lot of pressure and eventual
disappointment. The boss is paying,
and he demands accordingly. Maybe
too much, if she's a workaholic (there
are workaholic women, too), and
therefore expects everyone else to
be one.

Graduate school? Sure, a master's
degree is cheap in terms of time and
money, and opens extra doors. On
the other hand, a Ph.D. would be
overkill in most cases. Most people
don't realize (I didn't) how much
their career options shrink if they go
that route. Companies are leery of
Ph.D.s because they think they'd be
unhappy doing stuff that is not at a
high level (they're probably right)
and they'd have to pay you more
(not true except perhaps at the very
start). So think about it twice-make
that three or four times-before you
embark on a doctorate. If you think
you'd like to do it, do a master's
with a thesis first; it will be a very
good taste of what the Ph.D. work,
and then the rest of your career, will
be like.
MBA? I don't recommend it. I
actually spent a sabbatical leave at
one of the top MBA schools in the
country to see what it would be like.
I hope I won't offend too many if I
say that you'll learn almost nothing
you didn't know already. You'll get
a diploma, a bunch of contacts that
may or may not be useful, and a
hefty bill to pay. There are too many
people with MBAs out there already.
Besides, engineering is more fun.

Did you pay attention earlier, when I warned you
against choosing a career based on money?
Or you could go entirely the other way and
work as a volunteer somewhere. Work on your
"emotional quotient," which engineering school
hasn't allowed you to grow for quite a while.
Become a richer person, in a deeper sense.
When I finished talking with George, the sheen
in his eyes told me that maybe that was what he
was going to do. Maybe you will too.

By Francisco Ruiz, SAE faculty advisor at
Illinois Institute of Technology

MARK YOUR CALENDAR - JAN. 25, 2018 -
FOR VIRTUAL CAREER FAIR
SAE International is building opportunities for students to
meet with potential employers. A Virtual Career Fair on Jan.
25, 2018, will provide students and sponsors the chance to
connect virtually. Sponsors from Formula SAE, Baja SAE, SAE
Aero Design, SAE Supermileage and SAE Clean Snowmobile
Challenge will be available for several hours virtually.
Students will be able to upload resumes for sponsors; chat
with recruiters about internships, co-ops and open positions;
and participate in additional resources that are being
developed. Watch for updates on sae.org/studentcareers and
be ready to virtually connect! For more information, please
contact collegiatecompetitions@sae.org.

24 November 2017

Students talk with a recruiter at Formula SAE Michigan, May 2017.

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Momentum - November 2017
Contents
A Leader on Leadership
Briefs
All About Endurance
U of M-Dearborn Students Engineer New Autonomous Shuttle System
Air Superiority
Lending a Helping (Engineering) Hand
Spartan Power
Photo Contest Winner
Rolls-Royce Looks to Corner Commercial Markets, Military Next
Mack Hits the Highway With Style and Technology
Cadillac Plugs in Ct6 for High-Value Efficiency
Autonomous Driving Rules the Day at Sae
World’s Most Exciting Mobility Startups to Be at La Comotion
Dossier: Max Mitchell of Progressive Suspension
Follow Your Heat
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Momentum - November 2017 - Cover2
Momentum - November 2017 - Contents
Momentum - November 2017 - A Leader on Leadership
Momentum - November 2017 - Briefs
Momentum - November 2017 - All About Endurance
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Momentum - November 2017 - 6
Momentum - November 2017 - U of M-Dearborn Students Engineer New Autonomous Shuttle System
Momentum - November 2017 - Air Superiority
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Momentum - November 2017 - 10
Momentum - November 2017 - Lending a Helping (Engineering) Hand
Momentum - November 2017 - Spartan Power
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Momentum - November 2017 - Photo Contest Winner
Momentum - November 2017 - Rolls-Royce Looks to Corner Commercial Markets, Military Next
Momentum - November 2017 - Mack Hits the Highway With Style and Technology
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Momentum - November 2017 - 18
Momentum - November 2017 - Cadillac Plugs in Ct6 for High-Value Efficiency
Momentum - November 2017 - Autonomous Driving Rules the Day at Sae
Momentum - November 2017 - World’s Most Exciting Mobility Startups to Be at La Comotion
Momentum - November 2017 - Dossier: Max Mitchell of Progressive Suspension
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Momentum - November 2017 - Follow Your Heat
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