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Prospective biomedical(neural) engineer need career guidance!

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Occasia
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Jun11-11, 12:31 PM
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I am currently a high school senior strongly considering becoming a biomedical engineer and working on research somewhere within neural-engineering. I have chosen an undergraduate program that I now find might not of been the best route for me, and would like a second opinion.

I have currently been admitted to, and accepted my offer for a 'generalist' engineering program in Ontario Canada. The program is called Systems Design engineering, it's focus is on introducing the fundamentals of electrical, mechanical and computer engineering and then allowing the student to use electives to build their degree.
http://www.systems.uwaterloo.ca/about/index.html
It also includes a lot of courses on systems theory, and a lot of design courses/projects(~ one every 4 month term).

When I first assessed this program I thought it would be an excellent choice for me, due to the interdisciplinary nature of the program and of my career choice. I also was inspired by another individual who took this program, and now is the head of the neuroscience department in the same university, and will be teaching me my neural engineering courses.


However upon closer analysis I find that this program really targets business processes, like project management and optimization. Also I realized that the by far the most common route taken by people in this program is not into science or even engineering but into management, and into finance. This has troubled me, I am now wondering if this lack of focus into scientific career paths taken by most people in this program would be a hinderence to me, and if I should try to transfer into a more scientifically base program such as engineering physics.
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Choppy
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Jun11-11, 03:06 PM
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Before you panic, you may want to compare your first year curriculum to that of other engineers. There's a good chance you'll all be doing the same courses and so you'll be qualified to transfer into the second year program of your choice. That means that you have time to make your decision. Attend your first year, and if you don't like the direction you're going in, change it before you get into second year.


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