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Biomedical engineering

  1. May 8, 2015 #1
    Hello everyone,

    I am very indecisive when it comes to my major as my situation is out of ordinary.
    I am 29 years old and I have already graduated from a college in my country (but that is not an option). However, I moved to USA 4 years ago and finally I am able to do something with my life.

    First, I want to go back to school and after considering few fields and careers I am down to two.

    One is biomedical engineering (or chemical) and the other one is sonography (ultrasound).

    I am really interested in what the things are made of and engineering is something I would really enjoy. However, being a female and 29, I am not sure this will be the right decision.

    By the time I graduate I will be 34 and only hold BA degree. Also, not sure if I will be able to find a job. If I have to go to grad school it will be 2 more years, so I will be 36 with a degree but no experience. Would anyone hire me?

    Sonography , on the other hand, doesn't sound that bad. It takes only 3 years to complete. I don't think experience is that important and no Masters degree is necessary. Also, finding a job shouldn't be that hard. Salary is nice too.
    The problem is, I ambitious and therefore not sure I would enjoy this kind of career.

    Please, any advice will be appreciated. Also, I would like to learn more about the engineering field.

    Thank you. smile.gif
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  3. May 8, 2015 #2
    Myself I just went back to do engineering. When I started I was also 29. Now being done and graduated I can say its well worth it. The time will go by faster than you think.

    The biggest issue I had going back to school was dealing with the younger people. I found most of them didn't have the motivation to do the required level of work. I was able to find a group of like minded folks (most of us older than the average student) and that really helped.

    Figure out what you would enjoy the most and go for it!
  4. May 8, 2015 #3


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    Both are good options.

    I wouldn't let your age stop you if you really want to go the engineering route. It won't make a difference in your career prospects.
  5. May 8, 2015 #4


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    I agree that it probably won't make much difference in career prospects, but it would make a difference in the acceptable level of debt. You have fewer working years left, so you will not be able to repay excessive loans.

    Note, that hiring managers are legally prohibited from discriminating based on age. At least in my company the HR department is very clear about that.
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  6. May 8, 2015 #5


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    Not only that, but there can be very good reasons for hiring an older person for an entry level position. Very young people can be perceived as transient and more willing or able to jump to another position as it suits them. Older candidates can come across as more mature, and though they may not have as much position-specific experience, they can bring more life experience to the position. Sometimes that's just as important as one's skill set.
  7. May 11, 2015 #6
    Thank you for your answers. I agree about the debt but I will try to keep it low. There are some good and not too expensive options for engineering here in Illinois.
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