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Just graduated engineering, kinda lost and looking for advice

SRC1997SRC1997 7 replies13 threads Junior Member
edited May 13 in Engineering Majors

Backstory about me:

I recently just graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Engineering Science and a minor in Engineering Mechanics. To clarify, since this degree isn't a common one, engineering science is an honors interdisciplinary degree. You essentially have a course or 2 per semester that provide interdisciplinary work and then the rest of your course are what you want. You also have to research and write a thesis. So in my case, my degree falls in line with a mechanical engineer more than anything else and my thesis was "Optimization of friction and wear for resin materials". My GPA was a 3.0, I had an ME internship in summer 2019, and I also completed a capstone project. Since COVID19 pretty much screwed everything up, I am currently unemployed.

My main concern:

While I search for jobs, my biggest problem is my lack of interest or passion for the field. I picked ME because I do enjoy problem solving and I enjoy physics/math. Now that my college career is over, I almost regret majoring in it and have zero motivation to enter the field but I have student debt so I need to. Honestly, taking all the coursework has bored me to death of the material. I enjoy design (like CAD and such) but I don't like designing machines and things i'm just not interested in. Im proud to have engineering degree but I don't think I picked the right one necessarily.

I feel that I would enjoy programing and computer science. Its a field in high demand and I love a lot of the companies that have open positions. How can I enter the field for the cheapest cost? I don't want a lot more debt. I just feel lost and really would like some advice. Computer skills/programs that I know are below. Thank you!

MatLAB, Mathematica, SolidWorks, SolidEdge, Ansys, LaTeX, Revit, AutoCad, NI Multisim, NI Ultiboard
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