Until you leave school and realize no one outside your university uses Matlab.
wasn't my experience at all. the cost of getting MATLAB and a decent toolbox is a lot less than an EE's salary.
P.S. Scilab is a free clone if anyone is interested.
Octave is also free. didn't know that Scilab was a MATLAB clone. i thought it had different language syntax than MATLAB or Octave. but i never used Scilab, so i don't know.