Peeps - I'm looking for a job. I have an engineering degree and 5 years of varied experience including sales (inside) and design. The last thing my employer said before I left was - this isn't your niche - you need to find your niche. Nice eh? Anyhow - this is a brainstorming pros/cons list I came up with. If you have any comments or experience - having been in the same boat perhaps - I'd be interested in hearing about it.
I enjoy designing things/creating things
I enjoy working in the zone - uninterrupted
I work best when lined up and then left alone to complete the task.
I enjoy using a computer and cutting edge design software.
There will always be design work - can retire and do design on the side
But tops out at some level.
Only increase in pay comes from moving into a project management role.
Did really well in drafting class
Have an Engineering degree and may be worth something to an employer
Pretty good amount of jobs available
Contract work is prevalent and but may be the norm in the future
If you have a boatload of experience it may not help you in contract work if all they need is a designer - i.e. you may not get the money you feel you are worth
Design jobs can go overseas.
Sometimes I can't sit still and want to get up and interface with others
Like to problem solve
Interested in talking with others/meeting new people
Like the challenge
Like the entrepreneural aspect
Like the potential for making a lot of money
Not sure that the market will always support the sales role/company
The older you get the more you have to compete with the younger guys
Engineering degree not so important as experience
Like to multitask and good at it
Lots of sales positions - not sure that that will change anytime soon