Considering a change of career

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by yankee kwon, Dec 22, 2009.

  1. yankee kwon

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    Hi everyone!
    I'm new here, so I should probably introduce myself:
    My name's Peter.
    I got a BA in English Literature in '01.
    Been teaching ESL since then.

    I am considering changing careers.

    I am thinking about getting an Associate's in Applied Science, preferrably in renewable energy, but maybe in electrical engineering.

    I can't make this decision lightly- I am married with children.

    I was wondering if people on this forum might be kind enough to give me some help with the following:
    1) What kind of job opportunities might I be looking at with the aforementioned degree (A.A.S.)?

    2) Can you point me to some good schools for renewable energy?

    Thank you for your time and consideration.
     
  2. happyganl

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    you'd better tell people where you are .they may give you proper advice:)
     
  3. maxpower097

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    Honestly I wonder if now is the right time to make a move. Most everyone I know with a job is terrified to lose it. On the other hand now may be the time since were in a depression, if you can knock a few years out in school then come out swinging when the economy pics up a bit.
     
  4. KL7AJ

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  5. loosewire

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    I have always advised members to seek a law degree
    for the resume.You have writing ability to make you a
    good prospect for grant writing for the new green era.
    The law degree will get attention on any resume. It
    show good education .Others may have another opinion,but
    there may be grants for higher education. All I hear Is
    we need more educated people. Send your resume and tell
    them of your Intention for law. That may be the thing that
    gets an Interview,which are hard to get.Learn to present your
    self as well as you write. Begin with night school or there
    are some special business schools that know what your needs
    are and that why they exsist,you have to find them.They
    are around county campuses,check It out. Pm me I can give a name
    that you can call and find out the concept.This Is good Information
    for others If needed. I should take my own advise,I have learned
    how to take credit free courses.There Is always a U.S. Embassy
    near you also If you are In a friendly country, a writer could
    have lots of appeal.
     
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  6. yankee kwon

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    I'm living abroad right now. I'm in Korea. I've had my fun teaching, but I want to get back home already.

    Married with children makes this a tricky endeavor.

    I figure an AAS in renewable energy/ electrical engineering would be more practical (ie. it'll put food on the table) than a BA in English Lit. Plus, I find studying electricity (I've been going through NEETS modules) to be rewarding.

    Regarding law-
    I think there are enough lawyers already. :)
     
  7. loosewire

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    Lawyers will always be Involved In any thing,go to the embassy for advise
    If you are free to do so. Let your country educate you anyone on this forum
    will tell you to go for It.Be strong and proud among people like Loosewire.
    And communicate like Dave,and our Moderators men with great skills.
     
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  8. happyganl

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  9. loosewire

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    Your country started the phase-A journey starts with single step.
    Going Into someone phone bad step.
     
  10. happyganl

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    I think I did not consider to go back school.
    Our company give me many chances to study elctronics. It will provide some small tasks form simple to complicated. and I think its a better way to stduy during doing the project other than to learn form the book.

    :rolleyes:yankee kwon, I think you can enter a company like ours.:rolleyes:
     
  11. loosewire

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    Start asking some good questions,you know how to post pictures
    use It ,you have had some fun get busy and learn.What Is your
    first electronics question. Learning ac to dc is important an ac
    sine to a dc square wave. I like to use simple explainations like
    a daul trace trigger Scope. You look at the Input on a curcuit board
    with a scope,stop It. Go to the outtput and lock the signal. It give you visual
    to see what the curcuit does.You see a lot of curcuits but not much why and how
    the curcuit works.There a lot of members that assume you know more
    than you do. 2010 I would like to see more Information with all the photo
    tools available. A lot of members that have avartars don't want to
    ask a question that would make there avartar look dumb.
     
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  12. happyganl

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    I know. my only problem is I am lazy and dont like to use head.I hate myself this part.
    ok. I will log out and do my work go on.
     
  13. Nanophotonics

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    Effective communication skills is the key. It helps a lot with administration. A good command of the english language, or any other language of your respective country, always helps one to stand out of the crowd.
     
  14. Wendy

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    Yep, and you have other fields that might be interesting.

    For example, if you can write English correctly and keep it interesting tech writers are always in demand. After seen some foreign manuals (such as Japanese, Korean, or Chinese) these folks have to be looking for talent.

    Take the education you are offered as a perk. These are better than money, can't be taxed (but would cost real bucks if you bought them yourself). If electronics is what interests you then go for it, but don't limit yourself. The wider your range of skills the more valuable you are to employers.

    Steve Jobs (founder of Apple) once commented some of the more off base courses paid off big, such as calligraphy. That's where all to fancy Window's font came from (I know, Mac, but which computer do you think I'm using).
     
  15. happyganl

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    Thanks to loosewire and Bill.

    I think I have figured out almost.

    Ps:yankee kwon, sorry for occupying your theme.
     
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