Era Kurtaliaj

AddedTuesday, November 13, 2018 at 4:57 PM

I am a senior studying Mechanical Engineering and realized I would like to switch to Electrical Engineering.
I am on a financial aid which to my knowledge lasts only 4 years. I have one semester left but I do not want to do mechanical engineering jobs. I would like to get involved in more electrical engineering positions such as automation, controls, robotics. I am trying to figure out ways to leverage my degree but also obtain new skills that are more focused on the aforementioned areas. Is this possible? Do you have any suggestions?
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  • Jill S. Tietjen , Technically Speaking, Inc.
    Answered Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 2:02 PM
    My first recommendation is that you finish your mechanical engineering degree. Look for a job with a company that hires mechanical engineers as well as electrical engineers in areas such as automotive and aerospace (there are many others as well). Also look for a company that has a tuition reimbursement program (and is located near a university) – so that while you are working at your first job, you can also get a master's degree in electrical engineering. Then you will be able to leverage your mechanical engineering degree into the areas that you are most interested in. On your job, become a sponge – learn as much as you can about the company, the opportunities available, the products, etc. Join the SWE professional section in your area to meet people all around the area.