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So, I completed year 1 of mech eng at Heriot Watt. I decided to quit after because I didn't know what I wanted to do and thought maybe being a games artist would be the solution; coming up to 2 years at Abertay Uni doing computer arts, i'm not sure anymore.

I now want to start a business pursuing entrepreneurship, so I applied through UCAS to Heriot Watt and Edin Uni for both mech and electrical eng. So far, got both unconditionals for mech and electrical year 2. I am fairly confident that starting my own company and creating designs is something that I will enjoy in the long run and I am wanting to use engineering to solidify my problem solving abilities.

So now, do I continue with mechanical or jump into electrical? I had a look at both course contents but it's still hard to decide what would be more useful: mechanical seems to be good for solving external forces whilst electrical seems good for making internal systems work. Or am I wrong?

Can people from both disciplines shed some light?

I am also thinking: maybe I stay on my computer arts course and continue to learn 3d software so that I can create my own animations. But, job prospects for this course seem much less stable.
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So, I completed year 1 of mech eng at Heriot Watt. I decided to quit after because I didn't know what I wanted to do and thought maybe being a games artist would be the solution; coming up to 2 years at Abertay Uni doing computer arts, i'm not sure anymore.

I now want to start a business pursuing entrepreneurship, so I applied through UCAS to Heriot Watt and Edin Uni for both mech and electrical eng. So far, got both unconditionals for mech and electrical year 2. I am fairly confident that starting my own company and creating designs is something that I will enjoy in the long run and I am wanting to use engineering to solidify my problem solving abilities.

So now, do I continue with mechanical or jump into electrical? I had a look at both course contents but it's still hard to decide what would be more useful: mechanical seems to be good for solving external forces whilst electrical seems good for making internal systems work. Or am I wrong?

Can people from both disciplines shed some light?

I am also thinking: maybe I stay on my computer arts course and learn continue to learn 3d software so that I can create my own animations. But, job prospects for this course seem much less stable.
Engineering is great for problem solving, so good call on that front!

I study automotive, which is more or less the same as mechanical expecting a few modules. From what I've seen of the mechanical course, you get a really good overview of all aspects of engineering - including electrical; at my uni you can choose mechatronics as one of your third year modules. The course may differ slightly at the unis you mentioned but the scope should still be there.

The flipside is that electrical engineering is much more specific. You'll still need the basics (most unis will have some crossover between virtually every engineering cohort), but once the courses start to specialise, electrical REALLY specialise. I haven't seen an electrical engineer in ages, at least in lectures. So while your statement is over-generalising a bit, there is definitely truth in that electrical is much more specialist.

In terms of job prospects engineers will usually be able to find some form of employment pretty easily, regardless of discipline. You could argue that electrical has more scope for growth what with electric cars entering the market, but mechanical engineers will probably be in just as much demand anyway.

Hope that helps!

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