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    Hi, im about to apply for uni this year and i know it will be some sort of engineering because i love it but dont know which one. I narrowed it down to electrical and electronic, civil and mechincal and automotive but i dont know which one is the best in terms of how intresting it is, job oppertunities and career progression. Thanks
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    I think the best way to do this would be to do some work experience in engineering somewhere.

    This would also look very good on your personal statement when you're applying through UCAS to universities.

    You'll get work as an engineer when you graduate (make sure you do placements - will help you out in getting the position you really want) but almost all of the engineers that I've spoken to have said that when they started working the jobs themselves were quite boring, and although they did really hard maths and physics at university that they don't actually use hardly any of that in their real work - it pretty much becomes basic maths for most people. Yes, really. There's a lot of paperwork involved and that's what you're actually going to be stuck doing a lot of the time, just reading through other things people have done and signing things off for each stage.

    The pay is decent though, it depends which route you go down.

    This YouTube channel (of someone who was a Mechanical Engineer) might give you some indications of what to expect:

    https://www.youtube.com/user/EngineeredTruth/videos

    I've compiled a list to make it easier for you:

    Civil Engineering:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNzgEo01Zk4

    Mechanical Engineering:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5O80jD1HqCM
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNejutAMiTE

    Electrical Engineering:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNdPDbQjMr4

    People that do Automotive Engineering usually don't end up doing what they think they'll be doing - designing cool new cars.

    There's others there too, also this might help you when studying: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1TB43oaM_o

    This isn't to discourage you, just to give you some reality of what to expect and what people usually won't tell you
    It's good to know all of the facts before committing yourself to something.
    Hope that helps.
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    (Original post by mehdishah)
    Hi, im about to apply for uni this year and i know it will be some sort of engineering because i love it but dont know which one. I narrowed it down to electrical and electronic, civil and mechincal and automotive but i dont know which one is the best in terms of how intresting it is, job oppertunities and career progression. Thanks
    Where do your interests and abilities lie? If you're not very good at circuits then you can forget electrical engineering, and if you're not interested in roads, bridges and buildings you would be advised to stay away from civil, for example.
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    (Original post by Smack)
    Where do your interests and abilities lie? If you're not very good at circuits then you can forget electrical engineering, and if you're not interested in roads, bridges and buildings you would be advised to stay away from civil, for example.
    sort of - but people who were worse than me at circuits did better overall than me at electrical tbh. It was more about rotating machines and control systems than I'd expected. My place also had a bit of a thing for microwaves which had been an glamorous boom area in the previous decade but looked like a declining area at the time *

    if you've got a total mental block about electricity it's probably not advisable though.
    Chems often seem to be surprised how little chemistry is in the course. Mechs actually seem to have an interesting bunch of stuff to study - it's not just advanced blacksmithing like I thought.

    tldr: have a look at what you'll be doing on the course and what you'll likely be doing after - e.g. don't do chem because you love chemistry IF you hate factories and process industries.

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    * but even so microwave one of those things never really gone away, presumably good microwave guys (and girls) are making nice money because most people think microwaves work by black magic - it's a niche.
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    Thanks a lot guys going to do more research by looking at those youtube clips and googling
 
 
 
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