It's a toss up
Originally Posted by ggunn
be miserable because you owe money or don't have excess
be miserable spending your life doing something you dred
pick your poison and priorities lol
I avoided big loan debt via rotc and national defense student loans plus part time/summer jobs
It doesn't have to be one or the other. Thank goodness, I will add.
Originally Posted by Ingenieur
One should consider both economics and enjoyability of life's work. If it looks like one alternative is economically good but experientially bad and the other is the reverse, look for a third alternative.
life is a compromise
Originally Posted by ggunn
And there are no absolutes
I don't like telling others what they should do (my kids excepted lol)
judging from the sheer number of folks being unfaithful, on meds, screwing the pooch at work, or anger at the system in general, the optimum compromise seems elusive for some
just like happiness
and in my case happiness was a learned skill
I'm lucky I drifted towards something I like, am competent at, and is relatively financially secure/rewarding
money was never the focus, or an after thought really, it just sort of was a consequence, unintended by-product or fall-out of my choices
never focused on it until my 40's when my wife got sick
wanted her not to worry about it
so got money hungry for 10 years and chased the dragon and made as much as I could
glad that phase is over lol
Last edited by Ingenieur; 03-11-17 at 03:46 PM.
An American college degree is toilet paper unless it's science, engineering, medicine or finance.
Originally Posted by peter d
Aren't these most of the degrees people get nowadays?
you can work in any area without a degree, but education, medicine and law are the ones that don't let you go very far without meeting certain education requirements. Engineering - you maybe can't hold an official title of engineer without the proper credentials, but there are many designing things out there that don't officially hold that title.
Originally Posted by chris1971
There are people that practice medicine in some fashion or another that are not full fledged "doctors" either.
I suggest to take electrical engineering technology is best.
I am new here.I am an educator and content writer. now i started in the electrical industry.
When I was a student and working part time for the EE department the director of our group, the Electronics Defense Group, ask me if a student could work for me. This student had no prior electrical experience, and was mostly getting theory in class and had gone to his advisor and said that he did not know if EE was for him. So to help him make the decision they wanted him to work part time (part time for us was 4 hours per day) where he could see real world electrical engineering. He came to work for me and that experience convinced him to stay in EE. His grade average was probably in the B+ range.
Our University is one of the great ones in the world and the US. WE have a huge research budget, to a great extent in medical, but also very high in engineering. Last year the total was 1.33 billion dollars. Of this 250 million was in engineering. Thus, there are a lot of opportunities for part time jobs, and contact with real world projects.
It is my belief that any student should get practical experience in their field while a student.
Following is a link to research spending at various universities. If you add all the California schools together, then their total exceeds any others. This list is useful for judging what schools may have a good supply of part time jobs related one's interest.