Hey all, so I'm a second year mechanical engineering undergrad and I've been starting to really look into what my career options are. I've always imagined myself working in the spaceflight/aeronautics industry and have made this somewhat of a goal of mine throughout university, however, I'm not necessarily bound and determined by it. Also, I'm certainly more interested in the research and design side of things as opposed to management if that changes anything. Anyway, because of my interests, I have always thought that I'd like to work for a government organization like NASA or one of the military branches, or a large company like Boeing or Lockheed Martin. But I am curious as to what the drawbacks are to working for organizations like these. Because of their large size, is it easy to get bogged down in paperwork and other menial tasks? I realize that I'll probably have to pay my dues, so to speak, before getting on something really interesting wherever I go, but with some organizations is it possible to just never get out of that stage? If so, or even if not, what are some other options I could be considering that still work in the spaceflight/aeronautics field, but maybe not with such a high profile organization? What are differences between the government jobs and the other large organizations? And where have you worked, what have you thought of it? Anything in particular I should look out for?