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    Okay, so I am part way through my foundation year in engineering but not sure its the career i want to take in my life. I have been thinking of dropping out after this year to pursue a career that is more hands on. Not sure what though. I have applied for a few apprenticeships but have had no luck. Have thought about paramedic or a job in the army so any info on those would be great.:confused:

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    Good evening Mr. Langton,

    You have to know that the first year in engineering is quite harsh since there is a lot of theory that's not applied yet. However, after it's done, it actually gets more and more applied, trust me: I know two guys who dropped after the 2nd year because... they said it was too concrete, too "hands on"! Believe it or not, my friend (who was studying mechanical eng.) relocated to philosophy (he's now teaching at college level) and my cousin (who was studying chemical eng.) relocated to economics, for this exact reason. As you probably guessed, they were indeed "nerdy" in their personality.

    Another thing you have to consider are the career prospects of an engineer. In Canada (where I live), 90-95% of engineers find a job in the 6 months following the university and they end up in very high paying jobs (with responsibilities, of course). For example, I know a chemical engineer who's working in the mining industry and earns around 220 000$ a year (more than many doctors). Also, my uncle works for Pratt & Witney. He travels around the world and earns around 120 000$ / year. Those are only a few examples, but my point is: any engineering degree will probably guarantee a good salary and a rewarding career. It is something important to think of, and even more in the USA.

    You also mentioned maybe joining the military. I don't know for Uncle Sam's Marines, but the Canadian Forces often educate their officers so they become engineers. Maybe this kind of hybrid path could suit you? Think about it.

    I hope my post somehow helped! Cheers!
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    Good evening Mr. Langton,

    You have to know that the first year in engineering is quite harsh since there is a lot of theory that's not applied yet. However, after it's done, it actually gets more and more applied, trust me: I know two guys who dropped after the 2nd year because... they said it was too concrete, too "hands on"! Believe it or not, my friend (who was studying mechanical eng.) relocated to philosophy (he's now teaching at college level) and my cousin (who was studying chemical eng.) relocated to economics, for this exact reason. As you probably guessed, they were indeed "nerdy" in their personality.

    Another thing you have to consider are the career prospects of an engineer. In Canada (where I live), 90-95% of engineers find a job in the 6 months following the university and they end up in very high paying jobs (with responsibilities, of course). For example, I know a chemical engineer who's working in the mining industry and earns around 220 000$ a year (more than many doctors). Also, my uncle works for Pratt & Witney. He travels around the world and earns around 120 000$ / year. Those are only a few examples, but my point is: any engineering degree will probably guarantee a good salary and a rewarding career. It is something important to think of, and even more in the USA.

    You also mentioned maybe joining the military. I don't know for Uncle Sam's Marines, but the Canadian Forces often educate their officers so they become engineers. Maybe this kind of hybrid path could suit you? Think about it.

    I hope my post somehow helped! Cheers!

    Thanks for the advice.

    I know there will be some practical in my course but i was thinking of beyond my degree and that most jobs after will be desk jobs. Not to bothered about having a massive salary, I'm more interested in finding a job i enjoy. By the way i'm from the uk not 'merica.
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    Have you used the army website's role finder?
 
 
 
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