Yesterday in a computer science class that began this fall, my new instructor embarrassed me in class and I feel completely humiliated and bummed by what he said.
He was asking everyone what their major was, why they choose it and what it has to do with this class. Unfortunately my last name was first and when I told him I was majoring in Aerospace, he started laughing and said that there hasn't been an AE in his class for over 20 years! To show that I had some humor left in me, I said, "I know it's a dying field, but..." then he cut me off and yelled, "Haha, it's dead and so is anyone that goes in the field unless you go work for some big company in Dallas or Seattle!"
Most of the class laughed and the jerk continued, "What are you doing? Why not go into Civil Engineering?" I put on a shy smile and mumbled that airplanes have been in my blood since I was young, but he went on to the next student.
It just so happened that everyone else in class were either CompSci or Business majors, who the heck cared for airplanes? I felt like a straight guy in a bar full of lesbians, like they were going to have me for lunch.
I know what I'm up against, possibility of no job. I don't care; I refuse to believe that aerospace is EXTINCT to the point where we should give up on advancement for worries about return-on-investment!!
By the time I die, if Concorde is still the worlds only SST and our air traffic is still same subsonic technology of the 1970's, I will have wish that I committed suicide when I had the chance.