Subject: Structural Engineer's Career Path: A Circle?
Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2000 01:00:56 EDT
Bill Polhemus wrote:
<< I wonder if any of you "elder statesmen" (and I mean that
in the best possible way) have experienced a time when you
have decided to chuck all the trappings of "prestige and power"
and gone back to being a structural designer again? Do you
ever get to the point where you can expect to perform that
role and function, and still get paid a progressive salary?
Or can you never go home again? >>
Been there, done that. Yes, I think you can go home again.
But maybe you should consider it a natural progressive step
and not a "circle."
I just relinquished my job as department manager, so the
jury is still out, but for now it feels pretty good. I don't regret
having been manager, but I don't regret my decision to step
aside either. I feel just as comfortable doing design work
now as before, and sort of looking forward to being an
"elder statesman (in the best way)" with a lot more insight
into human nature than I might of otherwise had. Prestige
and power are not issues, but one thing that might be
missed is control over one's destiny.
One thing though: I will definitely have more than a lot of
empathy for the new manager.