Career opportunities then and now..


I graduated from Purdue University in 1970 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. I was the first one in either Mom or Dad’s family that had graduated from college. Because Dad was a milk man and Mom had abandoned him with two young boys ten years before I had to work my way through college. But that is another story. When I graduated I interviewed about six companies for employment. They varied from telecommunications to NASA to a car manufacturer. With my trusty bamboo slide rule in hand I chose the telecommunications company.

College degrees today are not anything like they were back then. Now instead of having a degree in electrical engineering they have degrees in tele-video production, automotive robotics, and such. Things are so specialized now. I’m not sure why that is? Maybe because each specialty is so much more complicated now a person just can’t get a well rounded education anymore. But these super specialized degrees must make it more difficult for a person to actually get a job. What if you guessed wrong and the area you specialized in just isn’t hiring when you graduate?

I must admit that even though I graduated in the electrical field I only spent a minor amount of years in that area. About ten years after I graduated a box called a personal computer was invented. When I got one in my hands I was hooked. I managed to spread my addiction to many of my fellow engineers and before long I was the “unofficial” administrator of a PC network. This led me into the field of information technologies and I never turned back after that.

I guess in my day we were trained to be the jack of all trade but the master of none. Was that a good thing. At least for me it was.

And the journey goes on….

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