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Graduating high school soon, need some advice

  1. Sep 22, 2015 #1
    question: would it be more helpful if a high school student who wants to become a mech. engineer to take an entrepenurship program or a co- op education program ? please I need suggestions
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  3. Sep 22, 2015 #2
    Co-ops are great. You make money, and get a year of experience before you graduate. It's also a great way to network. I would never suggest not doing a co-op.
  4. Sep 23, 2015 #3
    I started off in a coop program in college. Being the first of five children, finances soon came to bear and I had to work full time to afford my education part time. However, I worked on the same sorts of things on the job as I studied in my Engineering degree.

    So, Yes, I strongly recommend you participate in a work-study program. The extra time it may take will pay for itself handsomely when you graduate and start looking for a job.

    And that brings up a sick joke: Want to know what we call a fresh graduate without significant work experience? A Go-Fer.

    Don't be that Go-Fer. Although Engineering requires an education, you're paid for your experience and your practice, not the good grades in your educational career.
  5. Sep 23, 2015 #4
    This is extremely important to know. A friend of mine graduated from a Chem. E. program to a 130k a year job. She was a C student for a lot of her career as a student, but she had a year of experience with a large, influential company in Pittsburgh. That's how she got the job.
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