So most people on this site complain about their jobs and how they want to travel more. Totally agreed, but to travel one requires money. Therefore a job is essential. My problem is that I keep on applying to jobs in my field, but no one wants a new grad! I'm sitting at a desk the whole day, answering calls cause my current job is as a receptionist, while my hard-earned engineering degree goes to waste! Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the job, especially since I get paid decently, but this isn't what I studied and kicked my own ass for 4 years for. So anyway, can someone tell me why employers around the world don't want to hire an electrical engineering grad specialized in telecommunications? Apparently all other engineers are hired easily... but we are neglected. Does anyone else have a similar problem in their field or in the same field?
Don't fret! It'll happen! I graduated in English/Creative Writing and then worked for a year in a hotel, a year and a half in an expletive-deletive hole doing footwork, and finally started at the bottom rung at an advertising agency as a copywriter (I could write!). Then things just kept getting better, by small steps. But it did take awhile - lots of looking and applying and waiting. And far too much unnecessary worry!
Just hang in there...
Telecommunications is going through a tough time right now. They over built during the bandwidth boom in the late 90s and early 2000s. So right now, they aren't really building anything because they have so much extra bandwidth. Especially in North America.
Also, telecoms in North America have taken a real hit lately in their stock prices, which means they are trying to cut costs to get their stock prices back up.
I would think in Canada growth areas are in wireless and VOIP.
Wireless will especially have some challenges in the upcoming years. It will only be a matter of time before wireless carriers are required to allow number portability (as in the U.S.), and carriers will continue to fight to grab market share, which means providing more services. I'd expect that GPS is going to be a big part of upcoming wireless carriers plans.
VOIP is not "traditional" telecom in that it isn't a circuit switched network, but I'd expect more growth in this area in the future as well.
Okay, so that's my telecom in Canada outlook - what's that mean for you? Not too many jobs in traditional telecom in the near future.
There are jobs in the more non-traditional telecomunications companies - wireless, IP telephony and the like. However, there are a lot of qualified candidates out there right now. And more getting laid off from Nortel every day, sadly.
There are opportunities overseas as third world countries get their infrastructure up to speed, as well as growth in wireless overseas as well. If you are willing to move, their are more opportunities to be had.
The other thing is not to get too frustrated. Everyone's first job out of college sucks. I know for sure mine did.
hi... i am in the same position. except i work for my father and he wont let me work for anyone else. anyway, if you dont mind working in north america. there is a website that is pretty good. www.monstertrack.com
anyway, good luck in your work and travels
Because you're not from India!
That was rough Ricky!
Thanks all for the replies. It's good to know that i am not the only one who has trouble with the job area.
Greg, I know about the overproduction in the 90s and all that extra bandwidth that is just lying there, and I also know that wireless and VoIP are building up now. I've tried using the fall of the telecoms stocks as an excuse to soothe my job-searching soul, but it's getting a bit tired and annoying. The only reason I went into Electrical Engineering is because I loved the idea of wireless. But you'd be surprised how few jobs there are in wireless and the ones that are available require 10 years experience. How I hate that word now... experience!
Don't know if I'll have that much patience though tway. I'm considering perhaps going for another degree next year if I don't have a job then... who knows... I don't even know if I have the patience! Anyways, this is quickly becomming another venting session so I should stop!
Given that your current job is menial, have you thought of getting a menial job within a wireless company. Once you are in the door, it will be easier to move around in the company, eventually ending up doing the type of work you want to do.
My cousin works at Nortel and got the specific education for it at S.A.I.T. in Calgary. This got him a job where he got to travel all over Canada. Anyway, you are over-qualified to work in Canada with that much education, so if you want to get a job, I recommend doing research right now about free countries. I mean countries where there are no wars because that is absolutely insane. Work where you will not have to worry about watching your back when you travel home from work.
Funny thing Greg, I do work in a company that develops and sells wireless networks to large companies and countries. We have operations literally all over the world... seems good eh? Alas they have no openings for a newbie like me, but on the bright side they do know that I am a new grad in their field exactly...
All I can do is wait until something opens up... and things aren't that bad really it's just that once in a while it hits me that I didn't study to answer phones. I do believe that the jobs are in other countries, Steph. I'm looking into that. THANKS EVERYBODY!
What about when you have years of travelling on your resume, when everyone else was working? That's where I'm at. I graduated from Mechanical Eng in 1999, and I have no real mech design experience to date. Oh well, my job is good becuase I got into forensics instead. It's actually way better than sitting in front of a computer screen "working for the machine" anyways.
Serious, why dont you do grad school? With a master's you make more money, and you get a more interesting specific niche job. Plus you can party for 2 more years - grad school is fun