So you got an offer
you think. you hope.
and then you get a call from another company.Do you tell them "No thanks"?
I've known a couple of folks in the industry who've have offers "rescinded" recently.
Nick the Headhunter tells it decently: http://www.asktheheadhunter.com/hadeadly2.htm
I'm an analog, now what?
I had an interesting discussion about Analog IC design career strategies this morning:
- Specialize in a crucial IP block - ie Gigabit Serdes / Pipeline ADCs - then consult around the industry to help people implement these into their designs. This works for up to 10 years before enough others understand your trick well enough to do it themselves.
- Specialize in tool use and Optimization and general design, then work at companies where the above IP blocks are already in place, and you make changes and redesigns to reduce cost, power and increase performance and yield. This works for a while as long as you keep up with tools, process nodes and keep learning new tricks from the guys doing the first route.
- Start a company. You many find design takes a second seat to finding customers.
- Or join a startup, Its not that you don't do design, but you may also have to do CAD, IT, software, firmware, and test program development.
- do hard IP macros.
- go into management: which is just a variation on
- go into real estate/ venture capital / get your mba / join an MLM -- in other words change careers.
Like the EDA industry the IC industry is hard put to collect on the value created by the end applications.. unless your devices are the crucial part of the end product (CPU / memory/ cellular radio).
Its my opinion, that we are now at the point of incremental growth in value in end user hardware..
phones with better screens, text input, battery time and connections (eg wifi + bt + ir + evdo + gsm + wimax + tv + gps)
but the real growth in the end user value is in the software available on the desktop, laptop, netbook, and phone.. or whats available on the network.
I hope this helps you in thinking about your career.