Hey, this is my first post on physicsforum but I've read alot on this website and the people here seem really insightful so I thought I would give it a try. I have a delimma, I'm in my last year of high school and am deciding which major to go into at the university of Alberta up here in Canada. After spending countless hours researching future careers I finally decided I want to get a degree in mechanical engineering or economics. Reasons for ME: I'm one of those guys who were introduced into engineering through ironman haha I know. I'm really interested in engineering for the reasons of having a stable and financially secure life along with a career I enjoy. Since I was little I've always like taking apart gadgets most oft unsuccessfuly putting them back together. But the prospect of creating and improving pieces of technology like tablets and computers (Which I guess would fall into Electrical Engineering) and eventually bigger and more ambitious projects seems really cool. Plus the money as a bonus is really good. If I do end up doing ME I plan to excel in it and not work at a cubicle or managing a factory. I'm ambitious you see. Pros: I live next door to a respected Engineering school with an amazing coop program which will garuntee me a job out of uni I am prepared to study long and hard (haha) hours as a student From what I see, I think I would enjoy my job, something most people don't Cons: The uni I'm going to has a very competitive engineering program and a 85% minimum non garunteed admission I am not strong in math and physics although Si enjoy the subjects but can do well if I apply myself (little Distractions) I don't want to work so hard to realize in my fourth year that I hate engineering, didnt get to learn what I wanted to and wasted time Reasons for Econ: The only reason I plan to take econ and most probably a polisci major along with French lessons is for a political career. Politics has always been a great fascination of mine. In my head as a child my dream job was to become the primeminster haha. Going to conferences, discussing ways to solve problems in my constituents, meeting foreign dignitaries and being payed to travel while also having a place in the history books however small and having not to worry about finances is very appealing to me. Pros: I'm a natural leader, have charisma and as you can tell am a bit too prideful Social studies was by best class so far as of marks, understanding and enjoyment Business and economic management intrests me I can get into these programs easily at my university I know some small time politicians that could get me a small job and advice Love politics I want to help people Cons: Too idealistic May end up with desk job (such is the life of the social sciences) Be broke poor if I am not successful Hate the job with the realization that all I do us just meet people and talk about cr@p while not not actually trying to solve anything Getting stuck in bureaucracy Too stressful I know this isn't enough information so I will try to answer any questions of more detail is required. Thanks for all those who answered my question.