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Default What Field are You in? - 03-13-2015, 07:38 AM

Just curious where everyone went to college and what they went into! For the car part manufacturers, what kind of degree does that entail? I'm still in high school and am about halfway into my pilot license, not sure if I want to pursue that as a career or just a hobby. Can't decide if I want to go into engineering or the medical field, what do most of you do? Are you happy with your decision?
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Default 05-10-2015, 10:41 AM

I have a BS in electrical engineering and I enjoy the problem solving and other mental challenges I have to overcome. I wish I would have went straight for my master's after undergrad, however. Never too late, but it easier to do right after undergrad.

I currently work as an RF engineer with a wireless service provider, but have my own consulting gig where I work with low level electronics and firmware programming. The jobs are very different, but still similar conceptually. EE is a very broad degree and opens lots of doors for you.

My friend is a doctor, a surgeon actually, and he literally went to school for ten years. I am sure he will earn a boatload of money, but you basically have to put everything in your life on hold while you complete medical school. Even getting into school is highly competitive and you work through the night a lot when you are a resident. However, you earn a boatload of money. I am sure he finds the work interesting as well.

I know there is a user floating around by the name of v8bait who was an engineer, then decided to go to medical school. Seems like a very intelligent guy. Might want to try looking him up for some real world experience.

If you want to work with cars professionally as an engineer, go to a school that has the right programs and connections in the automotive industry. There will be no shortage of the need for engineers in the automotive industry with everything getting lighter and more efficient.
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service tech for General Electric. pays the bills and for some toys....start a roth IRA or 401k as soon as you can and max the company match if they offer it...if they offer pension/voluntary pension do it! best advice anyone gave me and its for sure paying off


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Default 05-15-2015, 10:09 AM

Yea my company offers a matching 401k as well as free counseling towards investing. Also life insurance, disability, ... Only thing is it's a starting salary and after the wedding we're not sure if we are going to stay in the area so investing in a 401k that wouldn't transfer over doesn't seem like a good move. She has her teaching degree and has had a hard time getting a full time slot in this small town (~ 100k pop).

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service tech for General Electric. pays the bills and for some toys....start a roth IRA or 401k as soon as you can and max the company match if they offer it...if they offer pension/voluntary pension do it! best advice anyone gave me and its for sure paying off
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Yea my company offers a matching 401k as well as free counseling towards investing. Also life insurance, disability, ... Only thing is it's a starting salary and after the wedding we're not sure if we are going to stay in the area so investing in a 401k that wouldn't transfer over doesn't seem like a good move. She has her teaching degree and has had a hard time getting a full time slot in this small town (~ 100k pop).
You can always roll over / carry over your 401k to your next company. Start now and at least to what your employer matches. Free money. Then once you are a little more settled start upping your contribution percentages!


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You can always roll over / carry over your 401k to your next company. Start now and at least to what your employer matches. Free money. Then once you are a little more settled start upping your contribution percentages!
I guess it's the vesting schedule that has me confused then. Here's the exert from the handbook.

Vesting: Vesting refers to the nonforfeitable right to your account balance at the time you terminate employment. Employee contributions, Rollover and Transfer Contributions are always 100% vested. A participant will receive credit for one year of service toward vesting for each calendar year they work over 1,000 hours. The vesting schedule is as follows:

Years Vested %
1 0%
2 20%
3 40%
4 60%
5 80%
6 100%

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So am I to understand that I will retain my contribution, it's only the company matched portion that will be based off of my years of service? If such is the case and I proceed to contribute into my 401k (8% or 10%) would it be wise to turn around and begin investing into some med-high risk accounts? Sorry if I'm asking too many questions.
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Default 05-15-2015, 11:22 AM

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I guess it's the vesting schedule that has me confused then. Here's the exert from the handbook.

Vesting: Vesting refers to the nonforfeitable right to your account balance at the time you terminate employment. Employee contributions, Rollover and Transfer Contributions are always 100% vested. A participant will receive credit for one year of service toward vesting for each calendar year they work over 1,000 hours. The vesting schedule is as follows:

Years Vested %
1 0%
2 20%
3 40%
4 60%
5 80%
6 100%

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So am I to understand that I will retain my contribution, it's only the company matched portion that will be based off of my years of service? If such is the case and I proceed to contribute into my 401k (8% or 10%) would it be wise to turn around and begin investing into some med-high risk accounts? Sorry if I'm asking too many questions.
You are always 100% vested for your contributions on day 1(I believe). However, any additional monies your company contributes isn't 100% yours until you give them 6 years of service. So if your left at year 3 you could take all the money you put in any only 40% of what they put in. So not until year 6 are you entitled to all of yours plus all of theirs. Either way the sooner you put in the sooner your money starts to work for you. If you are young make sure to call up and tell them you want to be in an aggressive portfolio vs the traditional bucket they put you in as default. Overtime you can mix up your allocations to be more safe to protect your money. My advise, invest in nuclear bombs with Wutang Financial.


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Default 05-17-2015, 07:57 PM

Im a file clerk for my dads law firm (I'm only 20).

Im in the automotive program at my college right now. I want to work in the industry, just not sure which direction I want to head.

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Any pilots around here?
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In the hosting industry running a few companies which do Colocation dedicated servers, VPS hosting, game servers and IP transit. It's a pretty fun job and pay is great.

Another great job is a network tech, we see a high demand for it. Best thing is finding what you like that is a solid job and pays the bills.
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I fly T-45Cs....went to college for history. Military couldn't care less what your degree is in.


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I went to college for automotive technology. I am currently the IT director for the largest "local" athletic club chain.


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