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Offline eas

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Re: What should I get my degree in?
« Reply #25 on: August 17, 2015, 11:23:00 pm »
I'm about to start my sophomore year and am starting think about degrees and careers. I want to work within electrical engineering, more specifically, computer hardware and software. I understand maths and science will be big factor in this field, but don't quite know what I should major in. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
So, to clarify, based on your introductory post in one of the other forums, you are a sophomore in high school, not college, correct?

My advice is to take advantage of the next couple of years to dig further into software and hardware. Along the way, talk to lots of people who are further down the road you think you want to take. Talk to people like you, and very different from you. Talk to HS seniors who are choosing colleges, with people finishing up, or in grad school, talk to some people in their first jobs, second jobs, and 10+ years in to their careers. Ask them about what path they took, and why, what they see in their future, what they'd do differently, what they think has changed since they were just getting started out.

Take it all in, and consider your options as you do your college applications. Once you have selected a college, familiarize yourself with the requirements in a few majors that interest you and try and choose classes for your first two years that will let you keep your options open. Get relevant work and internship experience as soon as possible.

Whatever you do, try to take a range of classes outside your major. Anthroplogy, Psych, Linguistics, Theater, all have things to teach you. Learning to study culture, and human motivation, better understading how people conceptualize and communicate, these are good perspectives to have and they can serve you whether you end up working at a large corporation, or someplace smaller and more entrepreneurial. A lot of engineers find technical solutions to problems, and the problems that attract their interest tend to suggest technical solutions. Often though, understanding the problem and the solution requires more than just technology. For example, look at the responses you received. Some people have asked questions, and some have offered good general advice, but how many have stepped back to consider who you are and what you know and understand?

To go beyond general advice, we need more than the very general information about yourself. Why are you interested in computing hardware and software, what is it you imagine yourself doing? Do you know anyone working in the field(s) that interest you? What is it about their work that you identify with?


 

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Re: What should I get my degree in?
« Reply #26 on: August 18, 2015, 04:09:00 am »
My two cents:

I have a B.S.E.E and have been doing software development on military contracts for over 35 years now.  The people I've worked with that have an EE degree make better all round engineers and programmers then people with Computer Science degrees.  Although the CS people are better programmers, they don't have the theory that's needed to perform signal processing/analysis/modeling nor the knowledge to communicate and control todays embedded systems.

I'm seeing a large demand for software developers to do web based and database applications.  Which is why you're probably seeing a demand for Computer Science people.  But they are not going to be doing the in-depth engineering applications an EE would be doing.

Take a look at the AVR microcontroller lectures from Cornell University and see if you're interested in the things the EE students doing in the labs.

 
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Re: What should I get my degree in?
« Reply #27 on: November 02, 2015, 12:44:47 pm »
My other thread you think I'm a troll? Frequencies are fun to talk about. I'm having a hard time understanding what is so troll about wanting to learn about frequencies. No one ever talks about them and I feel that is such a big and important subject in electronic engineering
There's nothing fun in talking about frequencies if the opponent is a total nitwit.
And even worse if he made up his own definition of what frequencies and energy should mean.
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Re: What should I get my degree in?
« Reply #28 on: November 02, 2015, 12:48:47 pm »
So if you want to have an easy job putting "A1" to "A1" and "B1 to "B1" (connecting cables and chemical lines) with cheap pay ...
Witch isn't always as easy as outsiders might think, and what is still way above your technical level.
But if you should start doing that for some months you could eventually learn some things.
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Re: What should I get my degree in?
« Reply #29 on: November 02, 2015, 06:48:58 pm »
My two cents:

I have a B.S.E.E and have been doing software development on military contracts for over 35 years now.  The people I've worked with that have an EE degree make better all round engineers and programmers then people with Computer Science degrees.  Although the CS people are better programmers, they don't have the theory that's needed to perform signal processing/analysis/modeling nor the knowledge to communicate and control todays embedded systems.
Every education has its target, but in your example, a mix of both profiles should be the best choice. They can learn from eachother, and optimise each aspect of the project.
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Re: What should I get my degree in?
« Reply #30 on: November 03, 2015, 07:19:46 am »
If you were an Oz, best to get a mining engineering degree.

I had a visitor around here last night and he earns $250,000 per year PLUS free accommodation and airfares to an island off WA where they mine LPG. All food paid for. Nothing to spend. And he is only 30 years old and has been in the job for four years. He only works 6 months of the year, ie: 26 days on and 26 days off, repeated.

In comparison, electronic engineers here get paid poorly, and get few benefits if any.

And you could end up President of The United States of America!
http://blog.perthmint.com.au/2012/07/04/which-united-states-president-dug-for-australian-gold/
 


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