There's a wealth of knowledge here, and I'm looking for a little help on salary pricing and career advice.
I'm 24, and will be completing two degrees this year: BS in civil engineering and an MBA (at Iowa State University). I plan to go into business, and use my engineering background solely as a skill set in qualitative problem solving, statistics, and so forth. In my experience, many firms find this attractive. I have found a strong passion for the pure business side of things, and am very interested in areas like process improvement, strategy, supply chain and general consulting.
I have 6 years of experience in the Marine reserves. I have held leadership positions in small teams, including patrol teams while deployed to Iraq in 2005/06. I have had internship experience in engineering design, commercial real estate and operational risk research. This summer, I am taking part in a leadership education internship with a Fortune 100 transportation company.
If the internship goes well, the company is interested in me for a new line of positions opening up as quality analysts who will be domiciled with Division VP's. The position will be responsible for statistical analysis of operations around their VP's division, and assisting leadership units in identifying improvements that can be made. Over 50% travel, which I enjoy (for now).
I've been asked what I expect for a salary, and it's very difficult for me to say. I have a friend who was MBA/Industrial Engineering (same school), and went to a major ag manufacturer to handle supplier accounts for ~$62,000.
So I have two questions:
1) What, based on your thoughts, should I ask for a salary?
2) Based on my descriptions, would you say I might have a good chance of finding a higher-value or responsibility opportunity?
(note here: I want to leave the midwest for some years, hopefully to a coast, or overseas)
Apologies for taking up board space like this on so much personal information. I know it can be annoying. I hope this might be an appropriate place.