My Education: MS Mechanical Engineering
My Prior Experience: I worked as graduate student.
My Company: I work in small company
Job/Career Overview: I work for a small company that provides software solutions to small businesses. I manage 3 programmers and a few other workers we hire during summers. I earn about 30K per year managing these people plus the stocks.
We work on many projects at the same time, including many clients and many products. Many of our products are customized for individual clients and thus take a lot of time.
We do not make hardware. We only make software, and sell it on a one to one customer basis. We do not provide updates either. We always try to make software bug free. Our software company has only one office and there are no plans for expansion.
More Insights: Best of luck!
I rate this career 9 out of 10.
The best part of my career is that I earn money doing something I love. I don't have to work too hard and I set my own deadlines. I don't have to answer to anyone. I don't earn much, but I hold stock of my company.
The worst part of my job is that I don't earn enough to say that my company is huge. We can't expand because we don't have much capital. Also, managing people is never easy.
It might be easy to learn engineering, but to actually solve problems and make money takes courage and patience.
When thinking of starting your own business, think again.
Rule no. 2 is also rule number 3! However, if you are still not convinced, then think about all that office humor, advantages of getting a fixed salary every month, rents, bills, etc. that you have to pay every month. If you see yourself paying all those by some other means, then do start a business for some extra pocket money.