/biz/ I am going to be 34 years old this month. I have spent my working life doing machining and mechanics up until I was injured. Now I am looking for a new career, I have no college at all under my belt but I a mm going to start this year. I am thinking of ending up in law school before I am 40, what do you guys think of this and if you were intelligent and looking for a new career at my age what would you do? I live in chicago and I am surrounded by educational opportunities.
Also what do you guys think a good undergrad path would be, I was thinking economics.
Why? I am not going to continue working the heavy lifting I do and completely destroy my body. I've already wrecked my shoulder, it's only @ matter of time before the rest falls apart.
I could I suppose, but I also want to do something away from the machinery field. I feel it would be a huge regret down the road if I didn't get out of this industry. Another reason. I was thinking law is you can literally work until your 80 if you want to without destroying yourself, also the pay exceptional from clerk on up.
Not to crush your dreams or anything, but law is not such a hot field as you may think it is.
Never the less, it is your life and only you can decide what to do with it, so I won't discourage you. An undergrad education that matches your existing experience would do you good. Perhaps some sort of mechanical engineering and then go for the technical or patent law. I would imagine that law firms would find it useful to have someone with your experience and background looking at contracts dealing with things like that. That's purely conjecture from me, but it may be something to look into.
Fair enough, but I would imagine you have a lot of value as a consultant of sorts. Maybe it's time you move to SE Asia and go help them run a process or something. I dunno. I can also tell you guys like clickspring on youtube are killing it and I think there could be something internet-related on the table here. But totally changing direction is a tall order, psychologically, physically, mentally, etc. The longer it's been since you sat in a classroom the tougher it is.
Thank you for the clickspring lead, he's got a new subscriber
My dreams aren't easily crushable and I really do appreciate the insight. I guess what I'm looking for is to make a good living off of my brain instead of my back. Law was my first conclusion , but at this point in the road I am looking at anything, and would prefer a white collar technical setting doing something that matters. It seems a bit lofty an I'll thought, the whole matters bit. But being a cog in a factory is really mind numbing and I want my kids to be proud.
I really do not recommend law. Especially considering your age. I have a long list or reasons, my brother is a lawyer down here in Atlanta.
Feel free to ask.
But overall, even IF you had started law at age 24, it fucking sucks overall, the money aint what it used to be, and you'd be making like $50k a year for your first year or two. Law sucks man, don't do it.
I've been a mechanical designer for 6 years... tired of complete fucking morons making more than me and doing nothing all day.
CQE is my way out..
No degree, just a cert. All but one of the QE people at current employer are fucking fucking dumb. Desk job fuck off town. I can do what they do in my sleep. $$$
Thought about engineering, if it's related somewhat to your old job?
Lots of different types which lead to a vast amount of different fields
E.g Electrical engineers can end up as traders (because of all the heavy math in the course)
Yep, lAw is aids
I have a friend that has a double degree in law and business
He went down the business path because his graduating salary for his business job offer was literally double the law firm he was offered
I would follow this advice. Having a solid background in applied and practical mechanical stuff can do well with a engineering degree. I would focus on this over law, but as the guy said, use this to go into law within this narrower field.
Just find a degree where you can apply your previous knowledge. The types that designed and worked on the higher level of what you worked on.
Lots of higher ups (engineers and the like) have no or little practical experience, giving you an edge, as some stuff just does not work the same way in practise as on the desk.
Find out what you want to do, to some extent. Then look up online on Kahn Academy or online courses you can take to start you off. I would recommend math, great way to get your brain starting again.
Thank you. My eyes are opened a bit, and avoiding law. I am a bit naive to the professional world but no one has said a good thing at all about law. So looking into muh math skills.
I'm in the process. Median pay just from online search is 65k.
One of the dorks at current employer has own office, pulls 75 and is next to useless.
Travel depends on what the product is.
Socializing... Well most people in manufacturing/engineering have dicks. I have enough friends already.