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Career Advice for a Job Move

Career Advice for a Job Move

Career Advice for a Job Move

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Hi All,

I am looking to get some advice on a potential career move.

I currently work for a big aerospace manufacturer, in a liasion fatigue stressing role. We basically do fatigue analysis for production issues, with little opportunity to perform advanced analysis, use FEA etc. The day-to-day work consists of quite mandraulic calculations using an internal stress tool, with little work from first principles. It's getting quite boring and I don't feel like I'm learning too much beyond just using the black-box methods that they have. Additionally, we are understaffed and two people have just handed in their notice (out of eight total in the team).

I've been offered a role at a civil engineering consultancy firm doing what sounds like more interesting work, such as explicit FEA for blast and impact design. It sounds like there's potentially a lot more there in terms of development, but it means going from a 35 hour week to a 40 hour week for the same pay, and losing a profit share bonus.

Is it often worth taking a small step back in terms of pay in order to gain more development? Or should I be looking to gain in salary with each step I take?

And am I going to hamstring myself moving between industries like this (i.e. aerospace to nuclear, fatigue to dynamics) or is it good to get some breadth?

For context I am early in my career, I did a three year degree apprenticeship followed by another two years as an engineer, all at the same firm that I currently work for.

Thanks for any advice.

RE: Career Advice for a Job Move

I had a job right out of college like that. I was enthralled with the idea of steam cycles, heat exchanger and pressure vessel design, venturis, etc. I think I lasted 3 years before I became bored to tears. Very little first principle work. Sizing was actually a system of looking at test results from past jobs and getting them to work on the new conditions. Then computers came along, which turned our design effort into nothing more than a database search. After that, I was out and never looked back. I literally make ten times the salary now than that first job.

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