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traction 10-03-11 02:13 PM

Help Choosing a Career/College Major?
Hey all, I was really hoping you could help a fellow biker out with your thoughts.

I'm currently in Computer Engineering as I do enjoy working with computers. the only thing I've come to fear is that I am far insufficient for the math requirement in this field (not that I'm terribly incompetent, I am currently in Calculus 2) the field requires extensive work in math throughout all 4 years of study and I am not even sure if a heavy mathematical career is something I will enjoy.

So here are my skills, I am a proficient writer and tend toward enjoying the research side of things, I am a tinkerer in every type of mechanical and electronic device imaginable, I have a problem solving mindset, I unfortunately though have a very poor memory and have a type of ADHD affecting anxiety (yeah, ADHD may be over-diagnosed, but that's what thats what they tell me).

Please help me, I've been feeling down lately that I will always be good in a lot of things but never excel in any productive area and I'm trying to make my way in the world as I just moved out this year. What are a few careers I might fit into?

Thank you all very much,

bigbenaugust 10-03-11 02:32 PM

Have you considered Management Information Systems, if your institution offers it? It approaches Comp Sci from a business angle instead of the science/engineering angle (databases, some programming, less math). If you want to get away from computers, see if you can switch into a General Engineering major. My school also had an Industrial Tech major which also touched on marketing and other non-engineering topics.

My roommate of long ago turned an MIS degree into an IT career, and my current boss did the same.

The #1 thing I wish someone would have told me before I started college is that it isn't so important what you study... your course of study will likely not define the entire rest of your life. I spent 4 years studying metallurgy, worked in computer labs on the side, and have ended up in IT.

I've considered volunteering as an academic advisor here just to tell students the above.

traction 10-03-11 02:48 PM

Interesting, so basically, you don't think my job options will be very dependent upon whether I chose Comp Sci, compE, or MIS? I believe that if I truly needed to that I could struggle my way through a compE degree (poorly, granted) but in either case I want to be able to take advantage of the broad opportunities available in electronics careers these days. Maybe even robotics, perhaps I'm not cut out for that, but that was my hope as I have had experience in remote control hobbies involving unmanned controls (UAV, etc.). Appreciate your thoughts.

bigbenaugust 10-03-11 02:58 PM

You could conceivably switch into Comp Sci/MIS and work in the robotics club or take a few extra classes in that direction or something-- these things do end up on early post-college resumes if that's where you want your career to go.

somedood 10-03-11 03:18 PM

I graduated in the Computer Engineering program at my school, and for me it was either that or Computer Science (less math, more programming). Computer Engineering isn't only the signals and systems part, though it is a large part of it. There is a lot of embedded stuff that you can do too, which is a lot of fun. If you're not liking the EE aspect of Computer Engineering you may try out Computer Science and see if your school offers some of the embedded systems classes, or robotics.

For my senior project I did some fun stuff with robots and a motorola microcontroller, but for work now I'm doing programming and no emedded or hardware stuff at all - and I'm still really liking it. For me I choose CE over CS because I know I can learn the software stuff on my own time, but learning the math was harder for me and I wanted the help of the teachers. I still don't like the signal analysis part of CE at all.

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