Sure, I understand that and I also know that not everyone can attend, let's say UMass/Worcester with nearly zero loans, just for providing a few years of assistance on an Indian reservation. Once you're out of that zone, you're basically saddled with loans for life.HouseMD wrote:Yeah, but I've got to pay the piper in youth and cash. 350k of loans and possibly 14-15 years of my life will be devoted to college, medical school, and residency (currently heavily leaning toward doing IM+ID+an epidemiology MPH from a top 10 school so that I can snag a CDC job basically anywhere in the world I chose). You can start engineering after only 4 years and nearly 300k less in debt.S_Parc wrote:Both Mel and I work in related engineering areas, like consulting and financial adjunct services, and both of us are doing fine. This is not the case for a lot of other ppl, whose work had been offshored to places like eastern Europe a/o Asia.HouseMD wrote:I dunno, I know quite a few engineers and they're doing fine. My brother is an engineer that went to state school, currently makes a killing working in aerospace.S_Parc wrote: The thing is that House's program is really about the MCATs. Once a person scores in the mid-30s there ... he's on his way to becoming a doctor. The whole making *Alpha Omega Alpha* and all that other honors/Johns Hopkins/Mayo/Harvard residency stuff, is more about prestige than in making one's way in the world.
Even the best, highest scored engineer, still needs to fight for his career opportunities, upon graduation. He doesn't have a guild, watching his back. This is why you so see so many MITers, working next to campus in Kendall Sq Cambridge, and not being able to leave because for the most part, their grades, etc, doesn't give 'em the power to take over corporate America.
And thus, the idea of cultivating one's mental/emotional energy, outside of a licensed profession like being an MD, is still of value.
The thing is that both of us, as well as my hero, Bosstone, are constantly in the business of marketing ourselves.
It's not like we can get into a residency program and then suddenly find ourselves with an endless supply of job offers.
The original point, being about being able to focus one's energy, whether it be the 'Secret' or some qigong (or some other eastern exercise/ritual) to keep one's motivation, etc, going, to get the big contracts or whatever, to build one's career, is still of value.