How stressful is mechanical engineering

Stress during studies OK, but afterwards?

Stress during your studies OK, but afterwards?
Hi Guys,

I'm in the 3rd semester of mechanical engineering, so far I have passed all the exams in the first attempt, even if not with top marks ...
However, I find the studies very stressful, always have my head full and usually have to rework a lot of things on the weekends that have been left behind during the week. I'm sure many of you are familiar with the situation - at least temporarily - and I can probably hold out somehow until my bachelor's degree (even if I won't think back to my student days). My motivation is my future job as an engineer. I notice that I will have fun at work later, for example in certain practical subjects such as construction or production that really interest me.
When you hear of examples here, however, after the 60 hour week should be the rule in the later job and you then take work home with you, I start to have doubts.
Or are these rather the exceptions of career types who completely give up on work?
I have few (mechanical) engineers in my circle of friends who could report.

Can any of you perhaps speak from experience what to expect later?
I'm more interested in the everyday life of an "average" engineer. (I am not even aiming for a higher position.)
Just get out what you know ...
Overturning moment  📅 11.11.2011 19:02:45
Re: Stress during your studies OK, but afterwards?
Most of them don't work for 60 hours, but they always get one on the lid because something important is always left lying around!
Roughly estimated, I've always had 30% more projects than you can do in regular working hours. And actually everyone says that.
You just need a thick skin and should change every few years before everything collapses in the projects. Every career advisor advises you that anyway!
Re: Stress during your studies OK, but afterwards?
The 60-hour week is not the norm. But also not the 35-hour week!

The main difference between studying and working is the "freedom" at the weekend. During my studies, I also had to do a lot on the weekends and therefore had little time. In the job you usually only have to work Mon-Fri and then you have "free time". But even that only applies to a limited extent, because here you have to catch up on a lot of things that you - unlike in your studies - cannot do on the side: shopping, cleaning, family, friends, etc. - That counts as free time but does not mean "time." for you "to have.

Don't panic - you get used to it. But you have to learn to organize yourself better ...
Guys  📅 14.11.2011 12:56:40
Re: Stress during your studies OK, but afterwards?
Unless you're in a totally stressful job in consulting, sales, or a small minor form, the pressure tends to ease. Also because you do not have to constantly have this test pressure. Well, the first 3-4 months may be annoying because everything is new and you have to familiarize yourself with a lot, but after that life is definitely easier.

After a few years, when you've built your own little empire and the company doesn't keep talking about job cuts, you'll have a carefree life!
Re: Stress during your studies OK, but afterwards?
My experience with family and friends is such that you get there more relaxed. So 40 hours a week is already the rule, of course you have to work longer, but usually you get paid for the overtime or you can celebrate it (I would value that, for example, if I am looking for a job)

I don't know 60 hour weeks for beginners here, whether at the university, in the company etc. (Sometimes gaaaaaaanz rarely as an exception MAYBE)

But as has already been said, at the WEs everyone I know is free! My husband does something for work at 2-3 WEs a year.

Later, when you move up and maybe have a management position, that is of course something else again.



Edited 1 time. Last on 11/15/11 8:45 AM.
Guys  📅 15.11.2011 11:44:42
Re: Stress during your studies OK, but afterwards?
Overturning moment wrote:
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> Man wrote:
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> >
>> After a few years, when you see your little one
>> You built rich and the company didn't
> constantly
>> talks about job cuts, you have a
>> carefree life!
>
>
> Where can you find such a job?



e.g. in public service!
Re: Stress during your studies OK, but afterwards?
it always depends on the company.

In smaller companies, the emotional stress is not that much - at least in the agency environment 8 I know three of them, now and then there is a lot to do, but it is still possible)

Of course, it always depends on the position - executives are certainly more involved than "normal people"
Overturning moment  📅 16.11.2011 19:10:52
Re: Stress during your studies OK, but afterwards?
earendil1 wrote:
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> it always depends on the company.
>
> in smaller companies, the stress is
> Not so much emotionally - at least in the
> agency environment 8I know three of them, now and then
> there is a lot to do, but it is still possible)
>
> of course, it always depends on the position
> - managers are certainly stronger
> integrated as "normal mortals"


So it is precisely the small companies that are enslaved when they want a follow-up order and accordingly you feel that 1 to 1 as an employee. At least that's how it is in construction.
Guys  📅 16.11.2011 21:00:14
Re: Stress during your studies OK, but afterwards?
In small companies, the workload is usually much greater because
- the employees are responsible for more areas.
- the capital base lower. If there are no jobs, then stress
- everyone represents everyone.
etc.
B.Eng. Mechanical engineering  📅 18.11.2011 06:17:19
Re: Stress during your studies OK, but afterwards?
I work a realistic 42-45h / week. But meanwhile (after almost 2 yearsb in the job) I also earn around € 55,000 - € 60,000 a year.

I found studying more stressful, or at work you have "a different kind of" stress. During my studies there was always the fear of failing an exam, at work you have to look for help in such a case, but it always goes on somehow.

If you have passed all the exams in the third semester, definitely continue - it's worth it! Just think carefully about which company you will sign your first employment contract with.
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