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Pros and cons for a new career path

  1. Nov 27, 2013 #1
    Hi everyone. A little background on me. I'm just shy of my 42nd birthday with only about a semester of college courses under my belt, and that was just the starter classes thru the University of Phoenix. Way back in high school math and science were my favorite classes up until a bad experience with a move kept me from continuing with my advanced bio. Fast forward I found a decent paying job after graduation and after 20 years I'm no better off than when I was 20.

    Now I'm wanting to get back to what I loved back then. Our community college offers two different programs of study. First being an engineering transfer that would take a big bite out of the price of the first two years vs the four year university. Second is a career focused two year degree in electronics technology.

    Having to go to school part time I'm looking at at least twice the time to complete. If I go the two year way I'm thinking I can get a job in the industry and go back to finish the engineering courses. Downside is that most of the courses in the career program don't match the transfer and I'm left with another year in the community college before transfer. Staying in school for the EE degree will put me nearly or over 50 years old before I can start competing for jobs against 20 something's.

    Anybody's personal experience would be very welcomed. Along with any insight to other things I may be missing. Thank you in advance,

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  3. Nov 30, 2013 #2
    I applaud your efforts! Good luck! It's your life, forget the templates.
  4. Dec 2, 2013 #3
    I dont see any value in a community college electronics technology degree or certificate. My local community colleges have the same thing and they are abysmal. Less than 10% completion rate and only one or two job openings in the state every year. There really isnt much need for low skilled electronics technicians.

    I'm also at a community college taking pre-reqs for an engineering degree, looking to compete with people half my age when I graduate. One of the best parts of an engineering degree is the internship. To succeed in EE I think you have to give up the idea of going part time. You need to be available more than full time to do your internship, get the most out of your studies and connect/network with your fellow students and professors. Without that I suspect you will have few career options after getting your BSEE.
  5. Dec 2, 2013 #4
    Maybe/hopefully by the time I complete my community college studies I can focus full time. I've been working hard at getting my expenses down to take that stress off me. I've pretty much decided to go for the full degree, I won't be happy settling for anything less. Thanks for the input and good luck with your studies and career.
  6. Dec 8, 2013 #5


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    You may have some problems with age bias so I cannot stress the importance of an internship enough. Get out there and get to know your potential employers!
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