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EE with a minor in physics?

  1. May 27, 2004 #1
    EE with a minor in physics???

    I am seeking advice on some school decisions and I figured someone here could help since almost every one her is obviously educated on the subject.

    On to my predicament:

    Originally I wanted to do joint degrees in EE and physics. That is probably out of the question at this point just because an EE degree is hard enough in its self. I just found out that my college offers a minor in Physics; this would probably be right up my alley.
    My question is:
    If I got a Bachelors or masters degree in EE and added on a minor in physics would it elevate my carrier potential?
    If so how? Ex - Easier to get a job, faster upward mobility, make me shine above the next guy ect...

    Thanks for any help you can give.

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  3. May 27, 2004 #2


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    The answer to this question is always a speculation. You can look at it this way: It probably won't hurt your job prospects, and if you are interested in physics, then it won't be a waste of time anyway.

    You may be unpleasantly surprised to find that the process of getting a job depends very little on your aptitude for it and far more on your non-job related job getting skills (i.e. interpersonal networking, writing a good resume, good communication, good interview skills, and the list goes on). If you are concerned about getting a job, then I strongly advise you to consult with your university's career center. That is how I got my hook-up, and I don't think I would have gotten it otherwise. As far as doing the job once you have it, if you are interested in physics, then I would recommend the minor, since that will make it more likely for you to "do physics" once you finally get a job.

    Again, that depends on where you work. You will probably have "faster upward mobility" if you enjoy what you are doing, regardless of your educational background.

    I don't have any doubt that this would be true, given two equal guys except that one has physics minor whereas the other does not.
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