That was really important, said Sadowsky, because we are all engineers, and we love magic. We love computers, and servomotors, and fire, and all of that stuff. All those magic tricks – basically anything your mom cant understand – couldnt be in the machine.
Where did OK Go go to college?Brown University After graduating from Brown University, Kulash moved to Chicago. The quartet formed OK Go with the name being an obvious choice for us according to Nordwind. The band marketed themselves aggressively, putting up posters all around Chicago and touring heavily.
Is OK Go a good band?Sure, OK Go is a rock band. Their songs get on the radio, theyve played sold-out shows, but the group is far better known for their really complex and elaborate videos. Theres the one (viewed 41 million times) where theyre all dancing on treadmills, jumping back and forth in time to the music.
Who pays for OK Go videos?The videos budget was about $150,000. It was funded primarily by sponsor State Farm Insurance. Armed with a concept, the teams first task was to decide which song from OK Gos recent album (Of the Blue Colour of the Sky) to use.
I'm in my 7th semester of 10 I have bad grades some classes have taken me several attempts to pass and now that I'm looking for internships I notice that some of the better options ask for grades I just don't have and I feel like I got nothing going for me and I'm going to end in a really bad company that will lead me to a path to nowhere.
People that were in a similar situation where are you now? How did you overcome this adversity besides improving your grades? I'm in a mechatronics program btw. An obvious thing that I have going for me is that I speak a decent English and I'm from a Spanish speaking country I'm also learning German.
How can I use this to improve my Are OK Go engineers?. Thanks in advance and sorry mods if this breaks the rules. Edit: Thanks a lot guys, I have received some great advice and I feel more motivated now.
I don't think I can reply to all of you with something significant but I really appreciate all of your responses. I took a really crappy manufacturing job right out of school and ended up quitting to wait tables I made a lot more money waiting tables. Twelve years after graduating, I'm at my third design firm and I've finally found a company that's comfortable to work with. I don't recall anyone asking about my grades, but it's always stuck with me that I underperformed in school. I wish I'd been able to live up to my potential, but depression is a bitch.
I also suffered from depression first three years of school and 2 attempts at suicide. Companies still ask for grades, even though I've been an engineer for 10 years now. I'm on a company now getting the experience so I can move to a Senior position. I didn't last a year there before I quit. During my last few months I interviewed for any engineering job all over the country.
I've been here for a couple years now and it's been a good place for me. Although the work is not glamorous nor cutting edge, it definitely keeps me busy. Plus my coworkers and boss are cool and the perks at the office are good.
It has been 3 years with lots of experience on field. Now I'm getting Are OK Go engineers? requests from those big companies but I prefer staying in my startup. So just find some place for getting the experience. Then you can go bigger! That boss loved and respected me, so he's actually who got me my interview at the first company, he wanted me to succeed so he vouched for me and I did good in the interview and job after that. You'd be surprised, if you are confident and a good worker, most firms don't want to be blacklisted or burn bridges unless things end horribly, so they won't talk shit about you as far as referencing them in the future.
I actually was hired with 2 other people at roughly the same time in the same position at my current company, and I'm head and shoulders above them already due to my work ethic, ability to read between the lines and tackle problems ahead of time, and how I deal with coworkers and other companies. Being a project manager, I'm sending out 20-30 formal e-mails and 5-6 phone calls a day on average, so it becomes apparent really quickly how professional you are and your attention to detail in that way can be a huge bonus to how bosses litigate work to you.
Are OK Go engineers? I get recruiters calling me once a month, but I like my job. I definitely could make more money if I would have gotten my grades up.
I wouldn't have had to go to grad school, but I also graduated after the recession. I wouldn't trade grad school though. That was mostly because I have never really learned how to Are OK Go engineers?, which is a valuable skill you need to learn, and I had not learned that skill because I never had to try to get good grades before. I got bad grades, it was tough finding a job even though I have a degree from a very good university. I got a job now and I find im a natural. I have good bosses that tell me im doing an amazing job.
Apply for jobs and watch the hell out of Youtube videos and make yourself proficient Are OK Go engineers? programs you will need to use for your job and that will get you a job more than anything else.
They want people with experience and not even people with master's degrees really have experience with on the job programs. I learned civil 3d through Youtube after I was hired along with all the features within it. I have found that Youtube can teach you more than a masters degree will as far as skills, but of course a masters degree is always better for many reasons so im not trying to act like Youtube videos will advance your career more than a masters degree because that would be stupid of me to say.
After working on the job, I have found that Im a natural born engineer and i love it. I wish I could go back to school and get myself a 4. Oh yeah, and you should probably try to get a college internship, doing that will be the biggest thing that would help you get hired after college. Your question is less about engineering, and more degree and career. For my job, I sometimes interview 20-30 people a week, so I feel fit to chime in here.
Anything you can do to show initiative and a desire to learn will be rewarded when you enter the job market. If you learn Are OK Go engineers? off YouTube because you love it, and show employers this, you will always look good.
Good employers Are OK Go engineers? more about what Are OK Go engineers? know than where you learned it. Many people hide behind their degrees and education, but fear the whiteboard interview because they've only studied for the test. I have a personal practice of identifying one key technology every year to learn and master, outside of my job. Every time I have tried to land a new job, my side work has been the deciding factor. Your grades are just one aspect of your future career.
They are an important aspect, especially in a credentialed field such as engineering, but still just one aspect. I played final fantasy 11 almost obsessively. I never had to study. Then I bombed a class and got on academic probation. Then my sorta fiancé dumped me and that spiraled downhill fast. I had probably the most interesting semester of my life.
But school was not one of my focuses. But the damage was done. I figured out how to get refocused. So it didn't matter that I was above 3. I didn't get a job where I wanted to, but I was lucky. I had a very diverse background with a lot of work history. And that got me a good job across the country. And once I had a few projects under my belt, a few years experience, and then my gpa didn't matter any more.
I got a job at my target company. I got a 33% pay raise with it. I've gotten involved with more projects, engineering design, cyber security, then I got my senior reactor operator license.
If you asked me 15 years ago, I would never have thought I'd be successful. I have a gap where I under estimate my value in the work place. I was struggling with basic life stuff, living alone for the first time in my life, and gaming way too much.
And if you're still in school, you can most likely use this website for free. Also, it was created by LinkedIn so when you Are OK Go engineers? a course or skill, you can add it to your LinkedIn profile which will help show employers the skills you learned. You can even look at other books of the same subject to get evem more example problems to study. I'm making roughly 3x what I first earned out of college.
I Are OK Go engineers? from home most of the time, and pretty much get to do whatever I want. Overall, I'm quite happy with where I find myself now.
The way I got from being the guy that was given a reluctant chance, to the Senior Systems Engineer was to just keep trying, volunteering for things I knew I could do, and otherwise, showing that I have motivation, integrity, good judgement, etc. I know others that did far better in school that are unemployed, or still in more entry level positions. Of course, I also know people that did better in school than me, and are doing far better than me career-wise, so of course, I recognize that I could be doing better than I am now.
Regardless of what could have been, I've found it's best to make the most I can of whatever situation I'm currently in, because that's all I can do. All the general design guidelines were already worked out, so it was mostly stretching things around to make them fit the need. I'd do calculations for chain and belt drives based on various criteria. I'd make drawings of parts, bills of material, and complete what was at first a paper folder of design documents the rest of the operation would use to build the machine.
Then the parts would be built by fabricators, and in about a month, it was time to assemble the machine. I'd be available to correct mistakes, and ensure the assembler achieved the performance required. This company did 500-1000 machines like this every year, and we never had more than 5 mechanical design engineers at a time, and the mechanical was always the project lead we also worked with electrical and software engineersso that means we were always cranking through several jobs at a time, and when it worked right, you'd have a few jobs at each stage going at the same time.
The focus was on reducing error rates, and increasing Are OK Go engineers?. While it wasn't always fun, it was an incredible learning experience. I worked with suppliers at many levels, and learned how to get along in an office environment. Then I realized I was making way less than I should be, so I moved and found a job that paid me ~30% more.
I've since worked that job for 5 years, and I'm making ~30% more again than when I switched. My new job is more to maintain the design of a line of machines than to design new custom stuff, though that still happens occasionally.
There are engineers out there who are great at Are OK Go engineers? exams with top grades who don't have the natural aptitude for the field. There are those with middling grades who find the actual job intuitively. Yes if your grades are dire, you might not get your foot in the door and some opportunities are only open to those with top, top grades, but for most jobs, an interviewer should quickly recognise whether you're going to Are OK Go engineers?
it or not. I graduated a bit over a year ago with a high 2. Failed 2 classes, got a few D's and a few C's. If you're good with hands on and visual, it'll be a great base for your career. That's where I started and now I've moved up to aerospace design engineering. Take what you can get for an internship, first job, whatever experience is good. Find an industry you'll like and work your way up the pipeline.
You don't need to start at 90k a year to have a good career. Lowball salaries to nail jobs down and get experience. The sacrifice now is worth not having an engineering job down the line. A new manager asked me if I wanted to join the repair development team, and I accepted the role.
I worked that for about 9 months to gain experience, did as much design work with fixtures and repairs as possible. Interviewed for a few design engineering positions in aerospace because that was Are OK Go engineers? portion of repair development I enjoyed the most and here I am. Working in repair set me up well for the transition.
If you learn where and why parts fail and wear down, it prepares you for the design in order to fix the issues. Got into software, doing pretty well, can more or less pick and choose where I want to work after a couple of years in the industry and working Are OK Go engineers?. Earning pretty good money: the same or higher than most of my peer group from university but that it mostly down to luck and getting into software.
Part of the problem with my grades was that I wasn't motivated by a lot of the subjects as teachers seemed like taking pleasure in making things as alien as possible thus removing all joy from it.
Other subjects that were more practical I nailed them. Either way, after finishing my degree I didn't have much trouble finding a job.
It wasn't great, but it was ok. Eventually I gained a bit more experience and in interviews I would do well and eventually moved on to the oil industry. After Are OK Go engineers? years I'm comfortable financially and decided to take on a job locally where I can learn and put my experience to good use in improving the company's automation at a fairly low salary. Are OK Go engineers? from the first job, no one will be looking at your grades I feel.
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But this may depend a lot on the country where you are. Also, I wouldn't want Are OK Go engineers? work with a genius that is an asshole. It was mostly due to family issues that made me not care very much about school, but I ended up getting by with my degree. Now, I am doing really well in my field. I have surpassed all of my peers and even some engineers that had been in the company for a long time. I ended up getting a job with a small company that didn't request transcripts, and after a little over a year there, I got offered a job with a larger, more competitive company.
Take your first job not as the job you want but as what you need to get the job you want. Focus on your interview skills. Know the company, ask questions, and yes, have a good well thought out explanation.
Don't forget you are still in the game and adversity can be an advantage.
Only the most stingy place would not look past Are OK Go engineers? for a good candidate. I am now an Engineering Manager. It is ultimately not a good measure of engineering skill. The biggest things I look for train-ability which is very different from schoolCommunication ability to talk to me about a technical subject that I can understandand a good personality that fits in my group.
Graduated in 2008 with a shitty, shitty job market. Took a job doing structural analysis work in telecom. I got a Are OK Go engineers? in Steel Design.
The turning point in the interview was when they asked how I would rank myself among 4 of my peers if I were tasked with designing some hypothetical widget. I told them I would be top two without reference material, but I would absolutely be number one if provided the proper references.
They asked how I could be so certain and why Are OK Go engineers? grades didn't reflect that level of quality work. I told them I had a serious problem paying to do work i. I was interviewed by the two principals of the group; one loved it, the other hated it.
And that's how that job went for 4 years; one loved and praised me, and the other wanted me fired constantly. Fast forward 9 years into it now, and I'm the lead Structural Engineer in our branch office. Fuck the D in Steel Design. Give me my code books, and I'll design you whatever the hell you want. Get that first job, make a great impression for a couple years, and never look back on your grades.
Grades are only one of many ways we measure job applicants. I left the first company after about 18 months and applied to over 100 other jobs before finding the right fit. One thing to note about an engineering career path, is that similar to much of your school work, it can take a bunch of effort to make things work out Are OK Go engineers? you. Keep your head up and remember that at worst, the first company will be concerned.
A few years out of college, I interviewed with a company that requested my full transcripts. It was essentially a test on following directions, not technical skills. I was naive at the time, and it was a division of a well known company. So, I looked past the annoying interview and accepted the job.
Said job ended up being a terrible fit. As you can Are OK Go engineers? imagine, I eventually became frustrated with the lack of trust between upper management and its employees, and micro-managing.
Any rate, lesson learned is to pay attention how you're treated in the interview. Because it won't get any better after you become an employee. I graduated with a 2. I ended up taking a Are OK Go engineers? a thousand miles from home at a facility that didn't have a good reputation. On the other hand they paid well because Are OK Go engineers? was hard to get people to go there. Two months after I started the guy who had the job I ended up with just up and quit.
They threw me in and said 'good luck'. I was the only one with a modicum of educational background for the job. Three months after starting there was a really nasty accident. Two of them actually, about a week apart. I had to learn stuff real quick, real fast. I worked by butt off and spent loads of time at work. Four years later I was Are OK Go engineers? a job at a national lab as a direct result of my work there. I've compared salaries with old classmates at their request and have found that I'm doing better than most of them.
Get in and Are OK Go engineers? hard. Don't treat your job like you deserve it because of your degree. Volunteer for crappy tasks and kick the shit out of them. You will become the 'go to guy' really quick. Once they view you as extremely valuable then it's time to leverage for a higher salary. However, I guess I knuckled down in past years and now find myself in a position I didn't think I'd be on for at least 5-10 more years.
I've just finished my first year as Chief Engineer on a Superyacht and will be moving to a bigger one in the new year.