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Agreed with C1... I'm glad I stuck out my EE degree even though the math (differential equations being the most ghastly) drove me to tears, but I'm really starting to think that, while my school did offer a co-op program, they didn't do nearly enough to promote it. Being out 10 years now, I'm really thinking that it ought to be part of the degree requirements for any accredited program, not just a "Hey, this is a great way to get your feet wet" sort of thing. My first few years out of school were a real crash-course in how Things Really Work(tm), and even now, the difference between "What's best for the bottom line" and "What the sales guys will actually let me do" drives me batty.

Never-mind the difference in compensation... the NYT article really glosses over how sales/marketing people receive all sorts of compensation bonuses/gimmicks, but the folks who actually implement and deliver often get, at most, a night or two at the bar when the thing is finished. Would I become a sales guy just for the dollars? No, I did retail in college and hated every minute of it. It would be nice, though, to have something of our own to reach and be rewarded for.
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