I graduated with a mechanical engineering degree in 2014 and I have had my job for a year now. I absolutely hate it, I am a manufacturing engineer, but I don't feel like I use the skills I learned at school at all, I have these little projects that I get do every once in a while but they never go anywhere. My daily routine consist of nothing but maintenance support, doing research on cost analysis, and the little more "advance' work consist of analysing build plans which include how to deal with the real world big parts that flex over a distance. In my company they gave no foundation of what they do, you have to understand everything on your own based on listening to other's conversation, trying to understand what they do why they do in documents (which they don't give a reason "why" they do certain things, in the document they just say that's what they are doing), asking questions that result in ambiguous answers. I barely do any design, I use CAD software to look up models and analyze them sometimes but I don't do anything major with them. I feel miserable at work, the money is good for a 22 yo. but I just can't handle the level of bordem and the lack of sense of duty at this job. I know that this is not the experience for every ME out there, but my terrible experience as well as my interest in mathematics has compelled me to applied for a 2nd bachelor degree in mathematics hoping that academia would be a more situatble environment for me. What do you guys think? Mathematicians, graduates, and MEs?