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Nuclear engineer in software?

  1. Jul 10, 2009 #1

    I got my BS in nuclear engineering last December, and I've been trying to find a job in the nuclear industry and not had much luck. I've been looking into enlisting in the Navy Nuclear Program and am actually right now in the Delayed Entry Program. However, all my family and friends are saying that enlisting with my degree is a waste. My mother even went so far as to talk with a friend of hers who spoke to her husband to find me a job at the local Air Force base. I've been offered a job, but it's in software with which I haven't had much experience but I won't have any problem learning it.

    I'd like to hear from anyone who's been in the Navy, or anyone who's transferred between careers in the government. Is it a waste to enlist when I have a degree if I'm only looking for more experience or education? Is it easy to transfer between jobs in the governemnt?

    Thank you
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  3. Jul 11, 2009 #2
    It seems insufficient motivation to me. I just listened to the News and there was a harrowing story about a young Brit. who was killed out in Afghanistan. His parents were able to cope because he had always wanted to be a soldier, it was his 'calling'. If you end up in a danger zone and get kiiled what will your parents say? "He was only looking for more education." Listen to your friends and family.
  4. Jul 13, 2009 #3
    I find that very surprising. Where are you? Can you send me your resume?
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