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I am a Civil engineer, and I want to study something else! need advice

  1. Dec 3, 2013 #1
    Hi guys hope all of you are doing well. I am a 24 year old guy, I recently graduated with my Bachelors in civil engineering. I have been working in Construction logistics and as a building permit reviewer for the local municipality for about 2 years. I find civil engineering a nice field to work in, but I could never expect myself to work in the more advanced areas of it, such as structural engineering as I didn't excel very well at mechanics or timber and steel structures / Concrete for example.

    Ofcourse everyone can learn to do something better and advance from there, but when you don't really have the interest and motivation to do all types of work then you get depressed. While studying I didn't concentrate too much on Learning Drawing technique for example.
    I studied because my parents wanted me to become a civil engineer and they thought it would be good for me, so I joined, and struggled a bit, I sometimes got a B or C in math, but still passed, but was Always better at Courses such as environmental engineering,city planning, civil and Construction law, building technology, Construction management etc. And less good at the mechanics type of Heavy Courses.

    I have been holding on to these jobs, in Construction logistics and building permit reviewer just to support my family, salary aint great but I don't care about salary. The current job im doing, (building permit reviewer), is kind of fun, but I want to advance from here and do something I like.

    Now this is where I need some advice. About further education., I have been thinking of either doing

    1. Pursuing an MBA, and hoping for a change I am really trying to get away from Everything that has some technical job kind of tasks. (Yeah shame on me for pursuing "engineering" in the first Place, but eh? respect for parents ehm)

    Now if I pursue an MBA what kind of jobs can i apply for
    - Do they have to be Construction related?, and if so what kind of jobs and positions can I expect, if I choose to stay in the Construction field
    - What other fields and jobs can I get beyond the civil engineering / Construction type of jobs?
    - I don't want to become a banker or something, but I want a change.

    2. Studying a new Bachelors in Air Traffic Management and Logistics I am really interested in this, and it's something that I could imagine myself doing.

    The problem here is
    - I am 24 and would probably be 28-29 when im out and will start my career, and I am unsure if the will accept fresh graduates in that age in the Airlines/Aviation business

    Other things to have in mind
    - I am married and have two kids, and I have to support them
    - I already have a job (I like it, but want to advance and do something fun)

    Please give some advice

    // Riazy
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 3, 2013
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  3. Dec 4, 2013 #2
    Thanks for edititing . My first language is not English as you might have noticed.

    I am looking forward To hear from u guys
  4. Dec 6, 2013 #3
    Doesn't "kind of fun" mean that you like it? Can't you progress up the management hierarchy in the company? Better the devil you know, and all that...
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