Obsession with Engineering

<p>Don't get me wrong, I love science and math and all, but everyone on CC wants to be an engineer! Aren't there people who don't give a care about it? Engineering is great and all, but I think everyone here is on the verge of obsession</p>

<p>i would like to major in philosophy (concentrating on fatalism and determinism and why it's true) and hope to prove to the world this fact, but it's too big of a risk to take.</p>

<p>I couldn't care less about engineering. I'm also weirded out by the amount of people who wish to work in the field.</p>

<p>I don't know what I want to major in, but it's not going to involve a calculator or lab coat.</p>

<p>Celeb, what are you interested in? </p>

<p>I'm not sure what I want to major in...</p>

<p>cherrybarry, interesting.</p>

<p>It just seems like if you don't want to major in engineering, everyone thinks you're trying to take the easy way out</p>

<p>^in my school most of the jocks are like that.</p>

<p>I am a mechanical engineering major. I chose engineering because it is a good investment in my future. With a MechE degree I can get a job in either an engineering or non-engineering field. But I really want to go into business management or law. So why did I major in engineering instead of business? Well, I always wanted to know how stuff works. I never go into taking things apart and putting them back together, but I wanted to learn the theory behind things.
Some students seem to be obsessed with engineering because it is one of the hardest majors and if you are successful it seems to put you above everyone else (econ majors, English, business, whatever). It's a status thing. But I have met many liberal arts majors on both ends of the spectrum: some wanted to do engineering but didn't have the skills and others simply have no interest in it.</p>

<p>I'd love to work as a BioMedE but other types of Eng (aside from genetic eng.) don't interest me at all.</p>

<p>Engineering is very important for the future. Technology is a force, baby. It'll keep on moving, and hopefully in the right direction to become more environmentally friendly.</p>

<p>What else is there that's really important? Law? Blegh! The most important jobs are in medicine (which is where I'll probably end up), but engineering is definitely up there, and is actually a big part of medicine.</p>

<p>Justinmeche- how are things going at your new school? Sounds like ME is going well for you. Good luck!</p>

<p>I don't know what they'll do when all the jobs are being outsourced to India. I know Silicon Valley engineers working at Home Depo right now.</p>

<p>engineering is great and all, but I can think of a lot more important jobs/just as important, I don't understand wanting to do it just because it's challenging</p>

<p>Things are going very well, although I am sick to death of school. And I still have 1.5 years of undergrad to go, plus grad school in the future. I had an internship in the real world this summer and it made me hate the world of academia even more than I did before.</p>

<p>I used to lean towards the field but now I am into law and finance. Not sure if I will pursue it though... this college process, coupled with other factors, has been difficult :/ I can't stop crying!</p>

<p>Justinmeche- did you enjoy the internship and being in the working (aka real) world? I'm sure your summer experience will benefit you, both now and down the road. Hang in there!</p>

<p>engineering?! psh - medicine is where its at!</p>

<p>I enjoyed having a real job and being on my own but for next summer I would prefer to have an internship that uses more of my technical engineering skills. For the summer I basically managed projects and completed tasks around the plant to keep it up and running. I didn't have to think very hard. I don't want to be a "regular" engineer for long. I want to go into business management or law. Law is more attractive to me, although going to law school is not. Patent/intellectual property law is a good route for someone with an engineering degree but I haven't decided whether or not I would enjoy doing that kind of law. A lot of my motivation to move out of engineering is money. Although I have lived a comfortable life there are many things that I would like to have and do that I haven't been able to since my parents live paycheck to paycheck. The key is finding the balance: a job that pays well, but a job that you also like to do. Starting salaries for engineering jobs are high but they plateau pretty quickly. Going to grad school and moving up the ladder is the way to earn more money.</p>

<p>Icarus, I agree medicine is where it's at</p>

<p>True, but progress in medicine is not possible without engineering.</p>