Adam Balogh

Adam Balogh

Machine Technology Instructor


Laney College

Oakland, CA USA


The most fulfilling life is one that is about learning and developing. Go into it with the sense that life is a project about becoming a more knowledgeable person, and enjoy that process.

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Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I was born in Hungary, but when the Soviet Union fell and the borders opened up, my family decided to immigrate to the U.S.
I attended a four-year college, where I earned my degree in comparative literature.
After graduating from college in 2010—one of the worst years of the recession—I managed to find a job at a coffee shop...but I hated it.
Seeing me struggle with depression due to my career and financial situation, my girlfriend (now wife) paid for me to go to a community college so I could find something that I truly enjoyed.
Attended Laney College, where I randomly decided to start taking classes in industrial maintenance and machine technology and immediately fell in love with it.
After only two semesters of classes, I was able to find my first job as a machinist before I had even finished the program.
Eventually earned my associate’s degree in machine technology and worked a variety of machining jobs at companies like East Bay Municipal Utility District and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Returned to Laney College as an instructional assistant and am now a full-time machine technology instructor; in my spare time, I run a YouTube channel called “Machine Tech Video Blog” for fun.
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Education

High School
Bachelor
Comparative Literature
Associate's Degree
Machine Technology
Laney College

Career

Machine Technology Instructor

I teach machine technology at a community college.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Technology
Engineering
Teaching / Mentoring

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

You have to be comfortable working independently. When you work at a certain level of skill, you become the expert and have to take responsibility for all that comes with that. Be a good problem solver. You have to be willing to constantly learn new things.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Be open to pursuing a career in a trade. There is such a demand for workers and not enough supply. College and a 4-year degree are not your only options. Explore what alternatives are available to you and what path would best suit your goals.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Machine Technology

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"Blue collar work is dull and mindless."

Challenges I Overcame

Mental Health Issues
Career Change