Posted by Dev Yamakawa:
to this posting on the Mentor Board]
I am currently a first year student majoring in Electrical Engineering.
I am at a pivotal point in my college career because I still have time
to change my major within this week. I am debating whether to continue
with EE, or maybe switch to getting a BS in Cognitive Science with a specialization
in Computation and minor in Computing in the Arts. I have plans to attend
business school after I finish my undergrad.
I have talked to quite a few current EE students at my school who tell
me of their lives which seem so hellish! I am not a horrible student, but
I wonder if I will make it through the EE program. I don't mind getting
B's and C's, I just don't want the quality of life to suffer greatly. Is
this common? Should I expect my quality of life to be horrible? I am not
one used to spending all my waking hours in labs. A longer-term career
goal for me is to work in technical management. I was told that I could
get there by getting my EE and then my MBA. Will I still be able to reach
this goal with a BS in Cognitive Science? I would definitely like to combine
my already strong technical/computer skills with an MBA.
A con of the Cognitive Science program is that not many employers have
even heard of it. My school happens to be one of the best in Cognitive
Science, but this might not matter?
Do any of you have any input for me? Can you give me some information
maybe on how I can get to my career goal? What paths could I take to get
there and such? Thank you,
[Note from Nick Corcodilos, Ask The Headhunter:
Some readers may remember Dev Yamakawa when he was in high school. In fact,
his original question
on ATH last year and the enthusiastic
response from engineers helped spur the creation of the Mentors Board.
Dev's initials were erroneously listed as "D.W." in those columns.It's
great to hear from a young "old timer" like Dev again!]
A mentor replies:
to this reply on the Mentor Board]
Why did you pick EE in the first place? If it is because you have an
interest in the field, you shouldn't bail just because others have told
you the work is hard. The fact that earning an EE degree is so hard says
a lot to employers and your peers about the type of person you are.
I managed to go back to school after seven years to get my EE degree.
Toward the end I even had a newborn baby to help care for. Although it
was a challenge, I persevered because of my interest in the profession.
I hope you will consider what it is that will make you feel fulfilled,
not what is easiest.