Cristina, South Florida

AddedThursday, August 25, 2016 at 12:47 PM

Am I too old to try to make it in the engineering field with all the relatively younger candidates?

Hello! I have a little cluster of questions. I always wanted to get a major in mechanical eng but I opted for an AS in diagnostic ultrasound because I was worried about how long it would take me to graduate, specially because I just was able to start school last year (25 years old). Luckily all the classes I've taken so far are the core credits I would have needed for any major at all. My question is, if I start on an eng degree now I probably won't graduate until I am about 32 or 33 years old. Is that too old for me to try to make it in this field with all the relatively younger candidates? I know mech eng is one of the most broad aspects of eng but should I pick up a minor to help my chances? If so kind of minors would match well with mechanical? I was thinking a major in mechanical and a minor in electrical should pair up well. Thank you all in advance. I was very happy when I found this website!
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  • Anna Daisley , Vaskutek
    Answered Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 12:47 PM
    Hi Cristina,
    I am not from the US but I don't think it's too late to start! Emphasize your maturity, commitment and diverse background, these are real selling points. For your minor I think focus on what type of job you want to go into and your interests? I think my biggest advice would be to really focus on internships or ways to get relevant work experience (ideally in the field you wish to go into) while studying. This will really make your CV stand out. 
    Good luck