The Sky Is Falling
Or - The top ten things to do if you're depressed about the economy.
10: Tell every young person you know not to get into engineering because it's a dead-end job. Wait. No. Don't do that. Scold yourself if you do.
9: Put yourself into a drunken stupor until the Mayans destroy the Earth in 2012.
8: Meditate. Go to the top of a mountain. Sit cross legged for three days straight. Get hypothermia because it's cold up there.
7: Invent a time machine and go back in time to those halcyon days of the mid-70's to early 80's when engineering was at it's prime. Wait. Didn't we go from double-digit inflation to double digit mortgage interest rates back then? Weren't we having our economic clock cleaned by Japan back then? Didn't gas double in price overnight twice in that span?
6: Invent a time machine and go 20 years into the future when engineering will be at its prime again. Just make sure you time your arrival well or you'll run into another one of these points when the world is coming to an end. Plus your skills will be obsolete, if they aren't already.
5: Obsolete? Who's obsolete? If you're feeling obsolete, go take some college classes or find a way study up on something new.
4: Just about every blasted job coming up these days wants both analog and digital experience, as well as software. Ugh. If you only know one, go learn something about the others.
3: Exercise. Eat well. Sleep well. You'll feel better and if you have a job, you'll be more productive and less likely to be cut. If you don't have a job, you'll look happier and more employable in your interviews.
2: Call your self "Open Source." It's the buzz word of the decade and everyone will think you're cool. Plus anyone can take all of your ideas without guilt and without compensating you in any way.
1: And the number one thing to do if you're depressed about the economy, out of a job, out of luck and out of answers - go find a few other people in the same boat with you and start something. Build robots or aerial drones or solar power stuff. You're an engineer and engineers solve problems. So take this problem and solve it.
Tired of being depressed...
Or is that tired of being recessed? I can't remember.