I am feeling a little lost, and hoping you can help my first a direction. As a preface to this long-winded post, please forgive any error in grammar or structure. Although I generally consider myself a fairly solid writer, I haven't slept in 24 hours, hurray for calculus midterms!
I am currently enrolled in first year Computer Engineering.
I sort of fell into engineering. I had always been strong in the maths and sciences, and after watching older friends graduate with arts degrees only to find themselves working at Starbucks, it seemed like a solid choice. I don't really love the program, but I don't mind it.
I am now three quarters of the way through my first year, and am starting to question my chosen path.
I will come straight out and say that although I can keep up with my peers and my work-load, I am certainly not the top of my class academically. However, where most of my anti-social engineering peers totally fall apart, I hit my stride.
I think my social skills are substantially stronger then most other students in my classes. I can speak confidently in front of a group, I can sell an idea or product, and people generally seem to like me. In high school, I would take a stop to talk to my friends parents about politics, or the current state of the Eurozone instead of heading straight to the scheduled video game session.
I have already used these skills to line up an internship with an engineering firm this summer, frankly ahead of students much more qualified than me.
I have often though I would fit in well in something like economics or law.
Anyways, here are my options as I see them:
a) I push through the next 3 (or maybe 4) years, and finish my engineering degree. Realistically, my marks will probably be pretty mediocre. Will my personal soft skills make up for my lack of technical ability? Does the qualification and credibility of an engineering ring mean that much in the real world? Will less then perfect marks have a huge impact on my marketability as an employee?
b) I transfer to something like commerce or economics. My marks would probably be more solid, although I suspect still not stellar. This seems like it would line me up with a more likely career, but I worry the softer degree will stand out less.
c) Any other ideas?
I have been thinking about this for a while, but would love to get some advice from the pros, I know there are a number of fairly senior people on SF from all sorts of fields, hopefully they can help shed some light on where I should aim.
Thanks so much guys,
After skimming a few other threads in this forum I figured I should add.
- I have a handful of fairly strong connections in the worlds of Canadian finance, law, and engineering through my family.
- I am in the lucky position where I can spend some time figuring out what I want to do, and I don't have to stress about piling up student debt.
Edited by Bentech - 2/19/12 at 7:47pm