Basil Mathai

AddedWednesday, December 19, 2018 at 1:59 AM

Can I still become an engineer even though I have a accounting degree?

I am Basil and I am an accountant with an accounting degree. I am not enjoying accounting as much as I thought I would and I have always wanted to do engineering but I couldn't due to the A level I chose. So is there any courses which allow me to study engineering even though I have an accounting degree?
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  • Kelly Knight , Bechtel National, Inc.
    Answered Friday, January 11, 2019 at 8:39 AM

    Dear Basil,

    My Bachelor’s degree was in Mathematics. When looking for jobs, I found that I preferred engineering type jobs. Thus, I went back to school for a Master’s in Eng. This cost me extra time and money since I had to audit basic engineering classes before I could take the graduate versions. Fortunately, your math/accounting skills will help handle this load of making the switch. There is an option for you to go back and get a Bachelor’s in Engineering as well.

    It was a lot of extra work and I don’t regret it one bit. I have had a fulfilling career that I may not have received had I not made a course change in midstream as you are. I commend you for having the courage to ask what is right for you even when it seems to everyone else that you have a bright future in accounting.

    A question that may help you in choosing your path is finding what career path you looking for. There are engineers in industry, academia, the government, etc. There is Mechanical, Civil, Chemical, etc. for focus paths of engineering. There are also subtopics that may interest you. An example is that I have a Mechanical degree with a focus on computational fluid dynamics. I choose to go into industry and that helped fine tune what classes to audit and helped with the focus of my Masters and eventually my PHD. It wouldn’t hurt to talk to a college counselor just to see what options are for obtaining an engineering degree either BS or MS or even PHD.