I know I’ve (more or less) made this post once already, but it bears repeating.
I had a job interview last (last) Friday, and then a second interview last Friday. Now it’s possible I’m jumping the gun a a bit here, maybe they will call me back this afternoon with great news. I’m not holding my breath. I might go ahead and call THEM instead though. The point I’m tying to make here is that I don’t think I will get the job.
I’ve had three job interviews since I graduated last December. I’ve submitted maybe 50 resumes though, I lost count somewhere along the line. The first interview was with a company up in Peoria, Illinois, they were a parts supplier for Mitsubishi. Given that Mitsubishi seems to be on the verge of going belly up, it’s probably a good thing I didn’t get that job. Anyway, it wasn’t “real Mechanical engineering” work, mostly just sales, and I imagine my degree was a hindrance in getting the position.
The second job I interviewed for was with a civil engineering group (of sorts). Basically going to work sites and testing rock or something. It seemed like it might be pretty interesting. Unfortunately, the man in charge had convinced himself that I would leave within a week of being hired, what with being over-qualified and all and being ‘educated’.
This last interview is Deja Vu from the second one. Once again, this is an Environmental Engineering group, they do soil samples and install hazardous waste lines and tanks. It’s not actually related to ME work and doesn’t require a degree or anything. And once again, I could tell during the interview that the man in charge had decided I would be unhappy and quit after a year.
On the other end of the spectrum, the other 47 or so applications, I’m apparently under-qualified. So I have a piece of paper that says I’m over-qualified for any basic entry level engineering type positions. At the same time it says I’m under-qualified for any real ME positions. I suppose part of the problem is that companies like GM and Boeing don’t want to pay to train anyone anymore so even the most basic job requires 1-3 years experience.
[Rant about hating Corporate money mongers removed for being 'off topic']
Meanwhile I’m still stuck counting shit and hating it more and more every day. Maybe next time I apply for a job I’ll leave out the part where I went to SIU. Perhaps I can get a job on my Engineering Associate’s degree instead.
(I should maybe also note that I probably don’t make a particularly good interviewee since It goes against my principles to try to bull shit people to get what I want.)