Hey everyone. A little background on me -- I am an EE undergrad, currently a sophomore. Before my freshman year, I seriously debated between EE and accounting, as they both seemed interesting to me. I love the business side of things, the stock market, numbers, etc, and my friends would definitely describe me as a business kind of person. However, I also like the engineering side of things and how things work. I ended up starting in EE for the job prospects and I was also told it is easier to switch from EE to accounting than vice versa. My plan was to get a degree in EE, do a business minor (which I am currently doing), and then after finding a job possibly come back for an MBA which would eventually hopefully project me to a management type career over time. I applied for and am currently in the Business-Engineering-Technology minor at Auburn, which is an entrepreneur based minor with business and engineering students collaborating on projects.
Heres my dilemma. I currently have a 3.4 GPA, which isn't too bad. I've done pretty well in my math classes, and I liked the intro to EE class I took my freshman year. I am currently in circuit analysis this semester and I am totally lost. I did not do well on my first test and it doesn't really interest me at all. I am more of a computer oriented person and prefer to work on things such as electronics.
Spring semester advising is coming up tomorrow. While looking around at the debate between accounting and engineering on the forums, I came across the actuary career. I am very interested in it because it involves the statistics and math side of things while also using business. The only thing I am uneasy about is fact that you have to constantly pass the exams to progress your career and it is a highly competitive job market. After more research I learned that an Actuary Science major isn't at all required, that your testing matters the most. That's great and all, but I have a few options I was thinking about. I was leaning towards giving EE another shot next semester to see if I like it anymore, but my B-E-T minor is currently getting in the way of my engineering work and its not that great of a minor in my opinion.
I was thinking of sticking with EE as the major and changing my minor to either Finance, General Math, or maybe even accounting. Which minor would give me the best preparation for Actuary exams if I were to decide to go that route later in college? Doing a major in Actuary Science seems like a commitment to the profession that is almost irreversible farther down the line. Sticking with engineering with one of these minors seems to give me both the Actuary option and the engineering option as far as a career path goes.
So my question is this.. in your opinion which minor would be best to prepare me for actuary exams should I go that route? Any other advice??
Here are a few links to the curriculum..
EE - Curriculum
Actuarial Science - Curriculum - Actuarial Mathematics - COSAM - Auburn University
Business minors - Finance Minor | Auburn University College of Business
Math minors - Minors in Math