|Who here works for the bicycle industry?||upandcomer|
Feb 5, 2003 2:36 PM
|Where do work? The reason I am wondering is because, I'm just graduating with a BSc in materials engineering in april and was looking for a job, and I love bikes, so...
Anyway, how do you like your job and what advice could you give to a new grad?
Feb 5, 2003 4:40 PM
|Do you dream about bikes? Do other people call you crazy for these ideas? Do you follow through on them anyway? Then you might be a candidate for life in the bike industry.
My BS in M.E. has come in handy, more for the problem solving skills than technical knowledge. The number of hard-engineering positions in the bike business are rare unless...
... you fluently speak a foreign language. If one, good. If several, great. If one is a commonly used Chinese dialect, super. If not, then start studying.
As an engineer in the bike business, be prepared to accept a fraction of the salary of your peers in growth industries. All the bro-, pro- and flow-deals in the world can't make up for the difference. You may not like paying retail for a $4000 bike, but it's nice to actually be able to without breaking the bank.
If you're enthusiastic enough about cycling to make a life out of it, then seek significant others who ride seriously. Compromises will have to be made, and having a partner who shares and understands your passions will help.
There are no hard and fast rules, though. Except one - ride hard and fast!