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I've got a tough decision to choose between two entry-level jobs, as I am graduating in about a month. Could you guys provide any experience on this sort of thing? I'm trying to weight the pros and cons.
One job is near Cleveland, right on the coast of Lake Erie. It's an R&D engineering position that deals with metallic corrosion. They use a lot of fumes, but the job is R&D which is what I want. The company is rather small (and owned by a place in Milan, Italy), and there's a chance I may not be able to move that far up. The pay is quite good for living on the outskirts of Cleveland, average for what an entry level engineer makes with a B.S. in Materials Sci and Eng degree. It's more like a Chem Eng job though. I'm not the biggest fan of Chem but metals aren't bad. The town is pretty much the same as the next job, which is...
For a very large company in New York state, near the border of PA/NY. The position is called a "Team Leader", which is basically managing people and events on the assembly line making a ceramic diesel filters. That's cool because I've learned processing and ceramics quite a bit. Unfortunately, I don't have business experience in "managing people" but I do have some leadership experience from sports and projects. I'd have to manage people who are in their 40s and 50s, and I'm only a college grad. It's also a rotating shift and I will be on all shifts at some point. I'm busy with school pretty much all the time anyways, so I'd like to think I'd be ready for it. I also wouldn't really be using my degree, which is a problem because I worked really fucking hard for it. But I'd rather not do technical stuff for my entire life though. I think the degree was just a necessary pre-requisite to get offered the job in the first place (as in, they would only take engineers because they are smart I guess?) After 2-3 years I could move into any field in the company: higher management, R&D engineer, etc. Everyone went through the program including the VP and plant managers, and they compared it to Officer Candidate School minus the military because it's a really hard job. They liked the fact that I wanted to get my MBA at some point. The pay is the same amount as the first job but the cost of living in NY is higher.
Any input on this situation? There seem to be a lot of pros and cons for the second job, and I'm trying to balance them out in my head.