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To: Myrddin

I decided against doing that.
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Smart move!

To have the success you’ve enjoyed in your field, you must be a highly creative person who enjoys solving problems.

Well....Much of medicine is very rote, and dictated by “best practices”....not much room for creativity.


24 posted on 06/16/2009 3:43:25 PM PDT by wintertime
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To: wintertime
As an undergrad, my molecular biology profs would "use" their tests as a means of squeezing out creative solutions to problems in the lab. It was fairly common for my profs to leave me a little "thank you" for a creative solution to a vexing problem in the lab. I have no regrets about moving to the EE/CS world. It's a fast moving technology landscape. Landing a good contract puts food on your table and locks you into the snapshot of the technical world at that time. As you return to the current world, there is often much "catch up" to become familiar with the current technology.

Some of my colleagues that have had the good fortune to be on very long term contracts have come up with some work to fill my empty in-basket. It's the bread and butter compiler building, porting and testing work that I've been doing for the last 30 years. That never seems to go out of style.

I spent 3 years doing bench electronics repair on radios, sonar, radar, phones, fax, sat/nav and other assorted gear. Like medicine, it becomes a rote process. Certain types of equipment have common failures with fixes that can be anticipated before the equipment cover has been removed. A few make you wish that electronics was blessed with a PDR or a current copy of Bergey's manual. Unlike humans, electronic equipment doesn't have an immune system or healing processes. You have to find and fix the problem. I love the level of exacting performance. I also love being able to leave a problem for a lunch break...something you can't do with a chest cracked open for surgery.

25 posted on 06/16/2009 6:33:21 PM PDT by Myrddin
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