I got my bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. While I was in school, I got an internship doing Instrument and Controls Systems engineering. I never planned to stay there, but when graduation came around, the engineering market wasn't doing so hot, and my only offer came from the company that I had the internship with. I stayed there and have been working in Instrumentation full time for the past 8 months (I also interned with them 2 years). Now, my company is starting to lay off because they are running out of work.
Now, I'm out looking for jobs again, and while I would love to switch to a job doing Mechanical work, all of my experience shows Instrumentation. The market in my area still isn't doing so hot, and it looks like the only job that I can get is another Instrumentation job. I'm happy to take any work right now, but I'm afraid that this is going to become my specialty, and if I keep taking these jobs, I won't ever be able to switch into Mechanical Engineering. Is this really a problem or is it all in my head? Does anyone have any advice on switching specialties?