How a Cook With an Engineering Degree Does Money

“My salary is $55,000 and the take-home is about $850 a week. This is actually the first cooking job I’ve had where I’ve been salaried and the pay itself is much higher than in the past.”

Today’s Tweens Want Jobs in STEM and Healthcare

In this small sample size, every single student wants to pursue a STEM career (yes, architecture is classified as a STEM career) or a STEM-adjacent career in healthcare/veterinary care.


I’m having a hard time concentrating on anything besides the sorry state of our criminal justice system.

Want a Job in the Sciences? Good Luck Navigating the “Unsustainable Hypercompetitive System”

7 More Reasons Why I Didn’t Study STEM

Why I Didn’t Study STEM

Forgive Me Scientists For I’ve Sinned: I’ve Gone Home at 5:00, I Enjoy the Sun …

A Partial Inventory of Costs Related to an Ill-timed And Semi-failed Career Change

The summer of 2005 was a fine time to be 26 and an even finer time to have a dream. All around me, people were going big by purchasing homes or committing as heavily as they could to can’t-miss ventures or, in a lot of cases, reinventing themselves entirely: friends and colleagues were moving into two-, three- and four-bedroom “smart investments” all across Chicagoland while locked in an arms race with people “chasing the dream” in oddball lines of work to see who could “live more fully.” I, wise young man that I was, set my heart on joining the ranks of the latter.

Engineers in the “Power Class”

Good for them! But no comment on the “power class” thing.

Interview With a Person Who Changed Careers Without Quitting Her Job

I met Emily Reese when we worked together at Kickstarter. At the time, Emily, 24 and newly out of grad school, was working on the support team and struggling to find what she was great at and excited about doing. Then a few months I heard that Emily moved to the product team and was hired as a full-time engineer. WHAT. Luckily, Emily agreed to talk to me about she managed to teach herself programming on nights and weekends and then change her career without leaving the company.