Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Why We Need More Freelance Jobs?


Recently I needed to book an authorized translator for an event taking place on a Friday evening. I called a few translation companies and no one was willing to come for the event because it was a little outside of city and was on a Friday evening. One of the companies I called said they know someone living close and that person might be suitable, they took my number to get in touch with me. A few hours later I get a call from a mobile number and she tells me she is willing to work for me with only paying extra for her transportation which is totally ok for me.

After I speak few minutes with her she told me she is working freelance and has a baby. That moment I realized that I am not only booking a translator and I am also supporting a woman who is being independent on her maternity leave.

Soon I will be changing continents and will try to keep working freelance. Freelance working is not only good for financial independence but also for physiological health.

Why we need more freelance jobs:

1. It is cheaper and faster.
2. You can be boss of your project.
3. More time management.

If you can hire someone freelance (of course you can trust) and help someone support themselves.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

ME vs MSc

This was one of the biggest confusions all my classmates had when we started grad school in Texas A&M University.

ME (Master's of Engineering) is master's degree with no research and thesis involved. More classes are required for graduation and an extra design course is taken. A supervisor is required only to guide for which courses should be taken.

MSc (Master's of Science) is master's degree with research and master's thesis being required. A number of classes are required but not as much as an ME degree. A supervisor for research thesis is required.

Advantages of ME

- More advanced classes are taken.
- Preferred option for industry engineers.
- Sooner graduation.

Disadvantages of ME

- Not accepted for PhD applications in most of the countries.
- No research experience is gained.
- Reading and writing skills are not necessarily improved.

Advantages of MSc

- Research is introduced. It is usually in form of case study supported with literature review.
- Preferred for industry firms which has research and development development.
- Research related delays in graduation may occur.
- Writing skills are improved.
- Solid knowledge on literature review process.

Disadvantages of MSc

- Literature review can be challanging and overwhelming time to time.
- If there is no specific project, finding a gap in literature can be tough.
- Funding is needed even for an analytical research project.

At the end of the day, it is out decisions that make us who we are. Sometimes what we think is best is not best for us. I highly recommend an MSc degree if time and funding are not an issue. In close future it may open more doors.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

They all failed for success

1. "I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career.  I've lost almost 300 games.  26 times I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed.  I've failed over and over and over again in my life.  And that is why I succeed." [Michael Jordan]
2. "I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear." [Rosa Parks]

3. "If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot paint", then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced." [Vincent Van Gogh]

4. "What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality." [Plutarch]

5. "Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence." [Vince Lombardi]

6. "Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right." [Henry Ford]

7. "Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it." [Charles Swindoll]

8. "To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart." [Eleanor Roosevelt]

9. "Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve." [Napoleon Hill]

10. "Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value." [Albert Einstein]

Use that failure as a step to major success.