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Monday, December 17, 2007

And they want me to take the P.E..

Turns out that if, when you are introduced socially to important people in your work, instead of making small talk you stare at them really intently, then narrow your eyes and start quizzing them relentlessly about their work and the implications of that, they remember you. Then, months and months later, they stop by your cube to see if you want to get coffee and talk about a new position in their branch. Seems to me like it should be more formal than that, but this seems to be how it happens.

ALSO: Looks like I'm going back down to part-time. BooYEAH! Forty hours a week was cramping my style.

15 Comments:

Blogger Tom said...

So, you gonna take the PE, or what? Certainly would be a decent excuse to do something you've been thinking about for a while.

10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yup... That's the way it works. Wish that I were better at it, but I've only been paying attention for a short while.

P.E. *shrug* study. pass. lather. rinse. repeat. Shouldn't be too tough for you. Though it's been a while since those classes.

Would this new position be any closer to Oakland?

Cheers,
Tim.

10:57 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Heh heh. I was thinking that I should take the PE and the Bar in the same year, just for pure attitude. But that's probably just big talk on my part.

I would pretty much have to start over learning the material for either, but I haven't taken a standardized test in a long time. Without standardized tests, I have no idea how to measure my worth as a human, so it would probably be good to refresh those.

11:22 AM  
Anonymous margie said...

I don't know how long it takes to prepare for the bar, but the P.E. can be prepared for over 2 well structured months. So I don't think it's big talk on your part, just an attempt to have a productive year.

11:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've got a question for you, exactly how does one read this:
http://cdec2.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/queryFx?LLP

I see inches on there 3 times, what does it all mean?

Justin

1:19 PM  
Anonymous Ennis said...

What is the PE? I take it you're not talking about Gym classes here ...

2:23 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

The Professional Engineer. A two or three day test, mostly for civils. You can't stamp a design without your P.E..

Justin, I don't know. I've been looking at those columns and haven't figured it out. Looks like the first two are raw and revised snow depths, and it doesn't show a difference for that gauge. I can't figure out what the third one is. Lemme see if I can find a CDEC person around...

2:33 PM  
Anonymous SwissArmyD said...

heh, Thanks for askin Ennis, I should probably know this since I work with so many engineers... but I'se a little sheepish on showing my lack of knowledge.

But of all the luck Megan... heck, I'd just love to see 40hours/week again... I'd prolly get into all sorts of trouble if I was half time.

3:27 PM  
Anonymous Mitch said...

Congratulations. It scares me how informal everything is, though. I've been thinking about that ever since you posted about the study that concluded that grad students in tightly-knit departments did better.

I went to a conference earlier this year, and my boss introduced me to a bunch of semi-famous people, who just shook my hand and moved on. Clearly my schmoozing skills need more work. Plus, when you move into a new sub-field, there are so many new names to learn--it's crazy. People are always throwing these names around, and I'm like, uh, right, that person, uh-huh.

7:37 PM  
Anonymous Thelonious_Nick said...

"Seems to me like it should be more formal than that, but this seems to be how it happens."

"It scares me how informal everything is, though."

Working as a government contractor for interagency committees, I've been amazed to learn how much information gets passed due solely to the fact that somebody at Agency A knows somebody at Agency B. Of course, if the wrong person at A doesn't like his counterpart at B, and it's not really part of A's job description, then the information doesn't get passed, even if it's critical to Agency B's mission.

Similarly, if a particularly friendly and informative person moves or retires, then entire agency functions are suddenly degraded.

I suppose these sorts of relationships should be formalized, but I don't even know if that's possible. This sort of thing is largely invisible to chiefs and bosses.

5:55 AM  
Blogger Dubin said...

I'm not following. Where is your new job? In the Bay? And you can start out at part-time? Wow!

6:42 AM  
Anonymous Ennis said...

I'd only take a position in a branch if it belonged to a flowering tree that fruited non-poisonous fruits or berries.

p.s. you should totally take both the PE and the Bar in the same year. As a matter of fact, you should prevent yourself from competing in any weightlifting competitions until you have taken and passed both exams.

7:39 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

New job, if it happens, would still be here. I would be splitting my week, but the work part would get SHORTER.

9:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

less work = more time to date!

11:10 AM  
Blogger Jacqueline said...

"I was thinking that I should take the PE and the Bar in the same year, just for pure attitude."

If you think you're ever going to want to have taken them, then it would be best to get them out of the way before marriage and kids suck up all your time, right?

1:20 PM  

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